“SEE­ING STARS “

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - IN THIS ISSUE -

You would un­der­stand if mem­bers of Elouera Cot­tage Crafts’ Star Weave Com­mu­nity were be­gin­ning to feel “starry eyed”! But thanks to a lit­tle “star power” and the ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm of their mem­bers and the com­mu­nity, their fo­cus re­mains on a con­certed ef­fort to spread a lit­tle peace and love. For the past six months, Elouera Cot­tage Crafts (Cher­ry­brook Unit­ing Church) has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in “The One Mil­lion Stars to End Vi­o­lence Project”.

The founder of the Project, Maryann Talia Pau - a Queens­land based artist, de­scribes the Project as “A peace­ful global weav­ing project that en­gages com­mu­ni­ties in a con­ver­sa­tion about end­ing all forms of vi­o­lence”. The Project came about as the artist’s per­sonal re­sponse to the bru­tal and hor­rific mur­der of Jill Meagher in Mel­bourne. She col­lab­o­rated with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment last year in an ef­fort to en­gage com­mu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia and around the world to help weave one mil­lion stars for an in­stal­la­tion as part of the Arts and Cul­tural Pro­gramme (Fes­ti­val 2018) dur­ing the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games. The re­sponse has been amaz­ing and cur­rently more than 200 Star Weave com­mu­ni­ties around Aus­tralia and over­seas have each pledged to pro­vide 10,000 stars to the Project.

Around 100 peo­ple have been part of Elouera Cot­tage Crafts’ Star Weave Com­mu­nity, all busily weav­ing stars, which to date, num­ber more than 18,000, and they are ex­tremely grate­ful for all the en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pants and in­cred­i­bly proud of this fan­tas­tic achieve­ment. Each wo­ven star rep­re­sents light, hope, courage and sol­i­dar­ity to end all forms of vi­o­lence in the world and the in­stal­la­tion of one mil­lion stars for Fes­ti­val 2018 will make a peace­ful and pow­er­ful state­ment dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games,

“SEE­ING STARS” on Satur­day 17 June 10am – 4pm at Cher­ry­brook Unit­ing Church, 134 New Line Road, Cher­ry­brook, will fea­ture a col­lec­tion of stars wo­ven for the Project in­ter­spersed with a dis­play of Elouera Cot­tage Crafts’ hand­craft. It will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to thank the star weavers for their con­tri­bu­tion and for the com­mu­nity to see some of the stars be­fore they are sent to Bris­bane.

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