Maryann Talia Pau

“It is the making process that is crucial to my practice. It brings healing, fulfillment and connection, to our communities, our ancestors before us, and to each other across the globe. Every piece comes from love. For me it has to. Love for who I am, for my family, our earth, our land, our people. Always love. Because love is power.”

Maryann Talia Pau is a weaver, artist and designer and has been making for the last 14 years. Born in Apia, Samoa, and now living in Melbourne, her work begins with Mana Couture body adornment, a collection of Pacific couture and art using materials and craft techniques from Samoa and across the Pacific. Her other passions include siapo (Samoan bark cloth) textiles and architecture. The heart of her practice is love and mana, specifically for the people and the beautiful material culture of the Pacific.

Collaborating with Happy Talk during Art & About Sydney, Maryann was involved in a series of workshops and talks including a Lei Day workshop, Bicycle strap and spoke star weaving workshop and talk at the Happy Talk House.