In Ireland, communities are shining with star weaving excitement as they weave their way towards one million stars. Anyone can join in this online event.
There is much to celebrate for our Irish star weavers. You just need to take a look at their social media to see how active and engaged their local villages are. And it’s only going to grow!
Meet Siobhan McQuillan & Amber Women's Refuge.
Project Leader, Siobhán McQuillan (pictured above) has partnered with Amber Women’s Refuge to teach Irish communities how to weave an 8 pointed star for the One Billion Stars project. They are weaving their towards one million stars over the next few years. To register as a star weaver in Ireland, visit www.onemillionstarsireland.ie for more details.
Tonight we join Siobhán McQuillan, Project Leader for One Million Stars Ireland, as they celebrate their 2 year anniversary of the stars being in Ireland. It also coincides with the start of the 16 Days of Activism, a highly active and awareness raising time for many communities around the world.
Friday 26 November. 11am – 12pm (Kilkenny, Ireland time). 9pm -10pm (Brisbane, Australia time)
We will hear from Siobhán, who will share a short video of the incredible star weavers across the country. Following this, One Billion Stars founder, Maryann Talia Pau, will share a presentation about the project to date and how she started on this star weaving journey.
Siobhán, in partnership with Amber Women’s Refuge, have created large scale installations at Kilkenny City Hall and the Medieval Mile Museum with their incredible large scale steel words, lovingly donated by JM Steel Kilkenny (pictured below).
They also run online star weaving workshops with Cartoon Saloon, a local Syrian Women’s Group and Cope Galway, and so many more.
Siobhán, Amber Women’s Refuge and her team are dedicated to spreading the star weaving love, and when it’s safe and with masks on, weaving workshops in person are a treat.
Running a star weaving workshop can be very rewarding.
Once you’re clear on your materials and have the instructions at hand, either printed or using our star weaving youtube tutorial, the workshops can be lots of fun. Because ending violence is an ongoing conversation, our star weaving workshops can be held at any time of the year. Many of our star weaving teachers volunteer their time to create spaces for star weaving workshops. Often, our star weavers find that it’s a gentle and creative way to bring people together who might be feeling isolated or who need some community connection.
Not only are Siobhán and Amber Women’s Refuge working together to run star weaving workshops but they’re on their way to weaving one million stars over the next few years. We can’t wait to share with you more about their star weaving journey and their ideas to display their stars over the coming months.
Stay tuned and make sure you follow their page and their star weaving community at www.onemillionstarsireland.ie
Join our star weaving movement and create your own woven star installation. Contact us today to get started.
Happy 16 Days of Activism!