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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

Inspired to create

Wearing my fine golden mat
Inspired to create

Holding my mouth to stop myself from screaming to my husband and also the fact that is was gaping open like a stunned fool.  I was beside myself.  I could not believe it.  If my teenage daughter were to verbalise my moment right now it would go something like this.

“OMG, like no way, OMG, like seriously friggin awesome, like no way, OMG I can’t wait to tell X & X & X, OMG, OMG,OMG”

All of that would have been exclaimed in 5 seconds flat.  Sounding like one long word with heaps of self expression and hand flailing.  She would walk away and I would have no idea who or what she was going on about.  When she realises she has been talking to herself, she will stop and check in with us.

“OMG, Can you guys believe that?”

“Um No way”, we’ll say.  We know she will then, repeat her story in a language we understand 🙂

Samoan Weaving HQ facebook page had caused my massive teenage OMG moment yesterday morning.

Maryann Talia Pau had liked my page and left me a comment.  In awe like a crazed fan I went into my own world.  Even the voice of, “Mum, I got no socks for school”, was but a distant sound from another plain.

Maryann Talia Pau in the weaving world is like David Beckham to soccer.  The names are synonomous to their respective arts.  (Yes, soccer is an art)  Anything that is practised, perfected and striving towards is ART.  It is beautiful to witness.

Please click HERE to see why I believe she is the bees knees in my weaving world. (Apologies not knowing (yet) how to bring this clip up, right here in todays blog post)

Maryann Talia Pau was the source of my inspiration for looking at weaving the kids school art project.  Her woven pieces really exposed my ignorance of my Samoan culture and Samoa’s precious treasures.  I had no idea how impacted I would be.

Impacted enough to seek knowledge and instruction.

1  Found and emailed Pacific Womens Weaving Circle (PWWC) in Melbourne as the internet search revealed nothing in my vicinity.

2  PWWC connected me with WeAve Parramatta.

3  WeAve Parramatta connected me with Seve Faleupolu Gooding on April 20th 2012.

The rest is history.  Looking back and moving forward.

I acknowledge Maryann Talia Pau for inspiring me, Seve Faleupolu Gooding for instructing me and the amazing “superwomen” network for connecting me.

I am truly grateful for the support and humbled by the generous spirit in which we all share.  The world needs networks that support each other.

Fa’afetai lava.  (Thank You very much)