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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

Elements of a Warrior (Part 2)

Brown and olive earth weave pale
Earth pale (crown)

Awakening my earth spirit brings forth my gratitude and love for our planet. I have taken on an as many little actions towards simple, sustainable and self sufficient living.

It is a challenge going against the norm. We are consistently being anaesthetised by media.

Returning home to Samoa seems like the only real option for me to fully own my stand for our planet. Just doing my bit and others can choose for themselves.
If only we were actually choosing freely.

Weaving air elements with white and silver curling ribbon
Swirling emotions with the air elements

Swirling emotions create unexpected delights through an outlet. My outlet is weaving and words. It is pure therapy.

I am seeing the importance of every individual having their own “thang”(thing).

When life gets all up in your face, your “thang” will take you through it. The “thang” has attitude. It’s your attitude. It’s your passion. No-one can mess with your “thang”. It’s yours. It’s what you use as your outlet. It’s constructive. It’s productive. It’s you.

Weaving flame element prototype Telesa Art Competition
Flame on 1: Unleash through weaving
Weaving fire element prototype 2 for Telesa Art Competition
Flame on 2: Don’t hold back
Weaving fire element 3 prototype for Telesa Art Competition
Flame on 3: Unleash your inner fire

Taking everything life throws at me and hitting back just as hard. Manifesting itself in my weaving. Festering NOT within me.

My life is my weaving and vice versa. They are not separate. It is my life. All of it.

My children, my committments, my family, my community, my world. It is all my life.

Weaving water element with blue and silver curling ribbon for Telesa Art Competition
Power of water generating life

Acknowledging my life. Accepting my life for what it is right now. What it is not makes no difference.

Going with the flow. Letting my passion generate the direction.

Embracing everything in this journey. Being at the source of my life. I am responsible for my life.

I have the power to generate my own my life.

Weaving and a mirror creates the water element for the Telesa Art Competition
Reflecting your soul

Take a good hard look in the mirror.

I am satisfied and fulfilled with where I am right now. It is perfect for me.

I have more to learn. I am willing.

My life is a reflection of who I am.

Weaving Earth Water Fire Air elements for Telesa Art Competition
The powerful force of a Warrior

I believe families cause world peace.

Stand for our families and the rest will sort itself out.

The Warrior stands because the Warrior is a powerful force within.

Be at the source and force of your life.