All posts by Maureen Unasa

Maureen Unasa is a contrarian Samoan woman unravelling life, love and culture through the art of Samoan weaving

Trying is Lying


Constantly Active
Fighting Fit
Smoking Hot
Infinite possibility


Doing Knowing
Talking service
Knowing doing
Walking knowledge


Using nothing
Making something
Doing anything
Giving everything


Best me
Worst me
Competitive extremes
Consistently challenged


At myself
My life
My integrity
Die doing

Trying is lying

Maureen Unasa (Nov 2012)

Careful what you ask for…

“Seeking culture” is the title of an album I  created in my personal face book page of my first weaving session with WeAve Parramatta on April 20th 2012.

Mini samoan mat weaving in white curling ribbon
For one of my 3 amazing sisters XXX

Since that day of weaving my first mini Samoan mat I,

-have woven a fine mat out of gold curling ribbon

Samoan fine mat weaving in gold curling ribbon
The Golden Fine Mat

-have created and manage my own website/blog and NOW trialling SWHQ by Maureen Unasa

Samoan weaving hq bangles
Handwoven with HeART

-write poetry for self-therapy lol 🙂

Poem : Reap what you sow
Poetic Therapy 🙂

-have unintentionally made a traditional Samoan headpiece (tuiga) that won an art competition

Samoan Tuiga weaving Elements of a Warrior
My winning entry for the Sydney Telesa Spirit Women Art Competition.

-have made a mini mat mini series online instructional video

-have sewn my own Samoan two piece outfit (puletasi)

Samoan weaving HQ Puletasi
Non existent sewing skills….No problemo. I am Maureen Unasa 🙂

-have almost completed a DIY (do it yourself)shadow box frame for a wedding weaving piece

samoan weaving fine mat art black gold and white swhq
Love’s Journey

-am about to begin a woven floral project

Weaving a Red curling ribbon hibiscus ring.
Experimenting making flowers from curling ribbon

-will do a christmas weave with Year 6 students of my favourite primary school

weaving a star
All children are shining stars

-will meet (soon) and assist a sixteen year old Samoan girl with her visual arts project for next year

-have met and worked with amazing artists from all walks of life

-have met and connected with a few famous peeps

Maureen Unasa of SWHQ with Lani Wendt Young swhq
Meeting Lani Wendt Young author of the Telesa Trilogy

-have become seriously addicted to bangle-ing (bangle bling)

Samoan weaving bangles pandanus and lime:red raffia
Bangle-ing (Island Bangle Bling)

-have made lots of new friends near and far

What a roller coaster ride.

So what’s next…..

Loads of exciting possibilities in the pipe lines for 2013…but first on the agenda…….

Hanging out for a long awaited, scrimped and saved for, holiday to the land of my birth with my little family.

Reuniting with my siblings and parents after four years.  All together again.  Same place.  Same time.   Cheeeee Hoooooo.  (Samoans scream this alot when they are excited or EXTRAcited according to my younger sister. )

Sit back, sip, soak up some rays.  Who better to celebrate the year that was 2012?  With the ones that know me alllll tooooo welllll  of course hahahaha.

Abundant blessings to you all XXX