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BNE March/April 2017 |

7

BRISBANE INSIDER

A

s Queensland counts down to the

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

in 2018 thousands of amateur weavers

are counting their lucky stars … stars they

are making from ribbons as part of a unique

project that will see its culmination by the time

the Games begin. The project is the brainchild

of Maryann Talia Pau who launched One

Million Stars in 2012 and she says her disciples

are well on their way to reaching their goal.

For Maryann it began as a very personal

response to the death of Jill Meagher – a brutal

murder that received national media attention

at the time. It happened around the corner

from Maryann’s studio and her neighbourhood

church. “There was such an outpouring of

grief and anger, I’d never seen anything like it

before,” she says.

It had such a profound effect on the

community Maryann was inspired to act

and, as an artisan weaver with several notable

exhibitions to her name, she did what came

naturally – she went to her studio and started

to weave stars as a symbol to end violence.

When she asked others to join her in solidarity

the goal became One Million Stars to engage

communities in the conversation about ending

all forms of violence.

“It’s not just about ending violence against

women, it’s about bullying, racism, violence

against the earth, all forms of violence in the

community,” she says.

While Maryann is now based in Brisbane

the One Million Stars project has taken on

global proportions and she has travelled

around the country and the world to visit

communities supporting the project – not

only in Commonwealth nations but also other

countries such as the US and Africa.

However, it is Queensland that so far has

enlisted the most communities as star weavers.

The Museum of Brisbane at City Hall has set a

local goal to make 10,000 stars by July this year

and has opened its Dome Lounge to anyone

who wants to join the weaving circle between

10am and 5pm daily. According to Maryann

it takes three to 10 minutes to make a star and

instructions as well as information on how to

join or start a Star Weave Community is at

www.onemillionstars.net

There’s no doubt that the site for

this house presented a challenge

for Brisbane architect Joe Adsett

– small frontage, triangular plot,

an existing ‘character’ house

already on site and a cliff face

for a boundary. Nevertheless the

potential for dramatic views over

the river from Teneriffe and the

angular shape of the block itself

was inspiration enough for this

spectacular home. The Clifftop

House (

pictured

) is just one of the

entries in the Brisbane Regional

Architecture Awards – ahead of

state and national awards later in

the year – which will be judged on

28 April. Meanwhile entries across

11 categories from residential and

interior architecture to commercial

and urban design will be on

display 7-28 April at the Australian

Institute of Architects, Level 1, 70

Merivale Street, South Brisbane.

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