This is more than a craft project. We are seeing star weavers transform their own lives and become more connected, engaged, courageous and committed to doing their part to create happier, violence free communities.
Star weaving is an Indigenous and Pacific Island craft activity that supports mindfullness & encourages new conversations. We feel more joy and hope when we share the responsibility of creating safe spaces for everyone.
We want to inspire communities to come together to create safety and dignity for everyone. Our STARter kits can help you get started and then we encourage you to continue gathering your own local materials, including recycled paper, fabric off cuts or plant foliage.
Pics like these, of communities weaving stars as a lunch time activity in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane bring us a lot of joy. This star weaving workshop was held amongst their office display of 2,000 stars and is an example of what your community can look forward to.
Ireland Project Leader, Siobhán McQuillan says “Before and during COVID19 I have been raising awareness of domestic violence and introducing the stars to Ireland by creating star weaving communities with vulnerable members of the community. You are not alone.” You can follow Siobhan’s journey in Ireland here.
Austin Texas Project leader, Melissa Knight has been sharing star weaving and raising awareness about the project. Melissa is an artist and maker herself and runs star weaving workshops and library installations between raising a family and making artwork. Follow Melissa’s star weaving work here
I was devastated.
It broke my heart to see my community so sad, angry and confused over the rape and murder of a young woman in our beloved community of Brunswick, Melbourne.
I knew that there was more that we could do to stop this from happening again. But it would take some time, more conversations, more trust and work to teach new ways of seeing each other.
I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so I turned to something that has given me space to heal and find my community of creative and compassionate people – weaving. Traditional Pacific Island weaving.
I wanted to share it with the world, and I’m so glad I had the courage to do it.
We created an installation of one million hand woven stars from over 15 countries for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, our new goal is to weave one billion stars by 2032.
The purpose of weaving stars is to continue nurturing global conversations of how to end violence using the joy and healing power of the arts and traditional crafts.
Each woven star is a beautiful symbol of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against woven, bullying and racism.
We can’t wait to hear your star weaving story, so join us as we transform our communities into resilient, hopeful and joy filled action takers, one star at a time.
The Big Design Market installation. 12,000 stars. Photo: Nik Harrison.