Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.

- Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

Star weaver. One Million Stars project
One Million Stars installation 2012. Photo:Nik Harrison


Weave a star.

Start a conversation.

The One Million Stars to End Violence project was created in 2012 by weaving artist, Maryann Talia Pau. The project began as her personal response to the rape and murder of a young local woman and grew into a powerful global movement of solidarity to end all forms of violence


Inspired by her church community at Brunswick Baptist and Dr Martin Luther King Jnr's words, Maryann invited people around the world to join in weaving one million stars as a symbol of commitment to end ALL forms of violence, TOGETHER.

In 2018, that INCREDIBLE goal was achieved and one million woven stars were displayed in King George Square, Brisbane Queensland Australia as part of the Commonwealth Games Arts and Cultural Program. In fact, over 2.4 million woven stars were received from over 15 countries, including Samoa, Cook Islands, Ireland, Canada, England, Kenya, Barbados, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Malaysia, Scotland, Tonga, Nigeria and Australia.

Our star weavers include schools, workplaces, faith communities, athletes, libraries, refugees and asylum seekers, LGBTQI plus Pasifika and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

In partnership with the Queensland government, Museum of Brisbane, Lumen Cloud and Human Ventures, one million of these woven stars were displayed in King George Square as part of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

Maryann continues to grow the project in 2020 and invites people to learn more and get involved. 

Photo credit: Nik Harrison 2012. Royal Exhibition Building. Big Design Market.

Ending violence is everyone's business. 

The One Million Stars project has created meaningful and enduring community connections over the years through the healing and calming act of weaving. To this day, the project remains a creative platform for diverse communities to stay engaged and hopeful in the difficult and complex work of ending violence and creating safety for everyone


Despite the challenges and restrictions of COVID19, star weaving for the One Million Stars project continues to be a positive and meditative process that helps communities to stay connected around the world. Not only does star weaving support safe and inclusive conversation, it is also a traditional Pasifika craft that encourages belonging, identity and pride.

Join our global star weaving community and weave a star today!

Avant Card. Star heart. Photo_ Mark Yettica-Paulson
One Million Stars installation GC2018

My hope is to see the

8 pointed star known as the international symbol to end ALL   forms of violence.

Maryann Talia Pau.

Founder, One Million Stars to End Violence project.

One Million Stars installation. QLD Poli
Maryann Talia Pau. One Million Stars project founder. Pasifika weaving artist.


I'm a Samoan-Australian weaving artist based in the Redlands, Quandamooka Country, Queensland. My practice is based on exchange and collaboration. Born in Samoa and raised in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand & Australia, I am a co-founder of the Pacific Women's Weaving Circle and Super Native Unlimited.

I have been weaving and exhibiting my work for over 10 years in major galleries, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery of Modern Art, Artisan and the Institute of Modern Art.

I am passionate about mental health, business, the environment and helping others to live their joy. Proud to be a star weaver for life!



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Profile photo by Alexia Rae Costello.


Breastplate. Mo lo'u Tamā by Maryann Talia Pau. Acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Photo: Steven Rhall 2010

Announcement. Queensland Parliament with QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister Shannon Fentiman and Minister Kate Jones.

Mo Lo'u Tamā breastplate by Maryann Talia Pau.
One Million Stars project GC2018


The One Million Stars project acknowledges the traditional owners and continuing custodians of the lands and waters where we weave, live and play. We give our respect to elders past, present and emerging.


THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the 2018 One Million Stars installation a reality. We did it! And it was BEAUTIFUL & POWERFUL!

The One Million Stars to End Violence project continues and is an ongoing international weaving movement created in 2012 by Pasifika weaving artist and entrepreneur, Maryann Talia Pau.

We understand this project has had a powerful impact for some people. For emotional and physical support, please speak with someone you trust or seek professional advice. You are important!

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