2017 IWD event Newcastle
This year, 2017 the focus at Timeless Textiles was again strengthening a community against violence - the One Million Stars to End Violence Project. Thanks to Anne Kempton, gallerist and the Newcastle Star Weave community , today's event was truly a celebration of all that 2017 International Women's Day stands for - "Be Bold for Change " - creating a world of equality, gender parity and peace.
|2017 IWD event Newcastle - Sharon Claydon MP|
|2017 IWD event Newcastle - Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes|
already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
"To me, one million stars represents how monumental the task of ending violence is and that everyone needs to participate to end all forms of violence. Each star represents a person’s commitment to practise light, hope, courage and solidarity and the one million star installation will be a peaceful statement against all forms of violence in our communities."
|Maryann Talia Pau at Timeless Textiles Gallery|
The one million stars will be a shimmering, bright installation at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland as a part of the vision of the Commonwealth Games program to build and support sustainable and peaceful communities worldwide. As leader of this global project, Maryann has been travelling to Commonwealth countries in the lead up to 2018 Games, connecting with communities and teaching weaving workshop with this message of peace. What an inspiration!
|2017 IWD event - some members of the Newcastle Star Weave community.|
Just as inspiring is the Newcastle Star Weave community, a small group of committed people who have been teaching many others over the last year to weave the stars with a target of 10,000 stars to be completed by International Women's Day. The goal was achieved well before today, and these stars will become part of the one million. What a visible reminder that we can all achieve a dream together. Thank you to all involved - the power of each one of you offers hope to the world.
Happy International Women's Day!