Weave a star. Start a conversation.
Over the years we have seen an incredible revival of traditional weaving crafts with contemporary applications.
We know that the act of weaving can support good mental health by focussing on our hand and eye coordination while doing something calm and repetitive.
Weaving allows us to use natural fibres like leaves or grasses, connecting us to land and nature. We can also weave with recycled materials like plastic ribbon and paper.
For many First Nations, Indigenous and Pasifika communities, weaving is a part of our everyday life.
One Billion Stars is proud to build on the weaving traditions of our Pasifika and Indigenous Australian ancestors. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting simple teaching weaving activities that anyone can use.
This is a new and exciting part of the One Billion Stars journey. We want to promote weaving as a therapeutic, community building tool for social change and connection. Watch this space for new weaving activities that teachers can use with their students to promote calm, wellbeing and creative problem solving.
Each woven star has a unique story.
Here are some stories of people who want to see an end to violence but don’t know how to begin or where to start.
Teaching others to weave is a powerful way to find connection and something in common. It’s also a great way to break down barriers and create safe space. Some of these stories are of people searching for communities to share a vision of hope and healing.
It is an honour to receive these messages of joy and courageous leadership, like the star weaving journey of Maroondah City Council star weavers. One Billion Stars is more than bringing people together to fold ribbon into stars, we are learning to listen, to empathise, to build stronger communities and a sense of belonging.
Below are just some of the stories of our star weavers, working on the frontlines of domestic violence, racial injustice or are healthcare workers in stressful environments.
Many of these stories are full of resilience, joy, pain and healing. All of them, share words of gratitude and hope. One Billion Stars equals One Billion Stories. Learn how to weave a star and get started today.
Weaving communities of courage to end violence.
In Kilkenny, Ireland Siobhán McQuillan is Ireland’s star weaving leader and is responsible for bringing the stars to Ireland in 2019. Siobhán is an Art Therapist for her own practice, Arts Reach Ireland & Amber Women’s Refuge. Supporting communities/villages in Ireland to weave stars for various installations over the next few years, including the 16 Days of Activism in November 2020, Siobhán is using the power of weaving and the arts to build community resilience.
“I grew up during the troubles in Northern Ireland and I believe in the power of creativity in connecting communities. I am currently working with Amber Women’s Refuge in Kilkenny. 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.” – Siobhán McQuillan.
In Nairobi, Kenya, Galdys Muthara and Susan Waruingi have been working with 3000 young people (13-19 years) and teaching them how to weave stars as part of their Teens Weave Stars program. Through star weaving, they were able to teach and learn about gender stereotypes, gender discrimination and social inclusion, red signs of violence and developing respectful relations. You can read more about their incredible work and star weaving journey by clicking on Gladys’ name.
“We weaved these beautiful stars amidst chats and banter and vivid recounts of our horrifying experiences of violence. It was, however, during those serious moments that I realized just how powerful these spaces were for each one of us. Some struggled to tell it all, but along the way, each one of them found the strength and courage to share.
They shared horrifying childhood experiences, their friends, their extended families, even their present experiences. There was, hardly, a dry eye.”
– Gladys Muthara, winner of the prestigious 2018 VSO Impact Beyond Volunteering Award.
Stars shine from Honolulu Hawaii to Kilkenny Ireland and Nairobi, Kenya to Ipoh Malaysia.
In Ipoh, Malaysia, Yip Siew and The Perak Women for Women’s Society has been weaving stars at an incredible pace.
“Whenever we weave we bond closer. We inspire each other to aim high, we empower each other with confidence and we put our heads together to get things done.” – Yip Siew Keen, Co-founder Perak Women for Women. Ipoh, Malaysia.
Malaysia star weavers wove one million stars themselves and displayed 100,000 in the Perak Women for Women store early 2020.
JOIN OUR STAR WEAVING COMMUNITY TODAY!
Buy a star weaving kit and get started, includes weaving instructions. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We love seeing the journeys and stories of our star weavers, if you would like to share you story of what the stars mean to you and your community, please get in touch with us here.