Weaving One Billion Stars

We're on a mission to weave one billion stars by 2032 for violence free communities.

One Billion Stars

Maryann Talia Pau

Maryann Talia Pau, Samoan Australian master weaver
Maryann Talia Pau, dressed in Samoan laei. One Million Stars installation. Dress & photo by House of Iliganoa.

Master Star Weaver

Maryann Talia Pau is a weaving artist, co founder of One Billion Stars and Chief of Super Native Unlimited with her husband and Indigenous leader Mark Yettica-Paulson

Born in Samoa and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, Maryann is based on Quandamooka Country, Redlands Coast, Queensland Australia. 

Her arts practice is driven by collaboration with a focus on sharing stories and building resilient communities through Indigenous South Pacific Island / Pasifika weaving

Maryann is passionate about mental health, the arts, community development and ways to care for our environment.

She has been weaving body adornment, speaking on art as activism, and exhibiting work for over 10 years in major galleries and institutions, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery of Modern Art, Artisan and the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane.

Projects and experience:

  • Fashioning the Mana. 2010. National Gallery of Victoria. First solo exhibition. work acquired by NGV.
  • Mis-Design. Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle co founder. Workshop and exhibition design in partnership with University of Melbourne
  • Craft Cubed. Artist in Residence with Emma Greenwood. Craft Victoria.
  • Strength to Love. Artisan Brisbane. Solo exhibition and artist talk.
  • Island Fashion. Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Group exhibition of Pasifika and First Nations artists. Workshops and public programs.
  • Holding Space. A creative response to Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, for Adderton House A Fierce Hope’ group exhibition. Collaboration with Ranu James. Samoa. PNG/Australia
  • Artist in Residence at architectus Brisbane Australia.

Contact Maryann to speak or run a weaving workshop at your next corporate or community event

Fa’amolemole, pe mafai ona tatou lalafa fa’atasi. 2010. Breastplate by Maryann Talia Pau. Photo: Steven Rhall. Acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.