Thar Be Dragons!
by Donna Plunkett
Growing up in Montana, natural forms have excited me since can remember- grass bending in the wind, rock formations exposed in road cuts, a tangle of life along the rivers – the whole diversity of nature and man-made wonders as man is a part of nature too.
The signs to my path were there long ago when as a Brownie Scout, I won an art contest; felt joy at seeing David Shaner’s pottery at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and Peter Voulkos’ ceramic forms at the Montana State University Library.
Only after 1974 when I waked into the Spider Web weaving shop in Clearwater, Florida and discovered the richness of texture and color intensity of fibers, did I begin to create anything. I studied weaving with Jackie Herlth at the Spider Web and attended many workshops including Convergence1976 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s, I displayed tapestries, rugs and fiber forms throughout the southeast.
Life’s circumstances forced me to join the workforce in 1981. But when I lost my job at the end of 2006, I grabbed the chance to create again. Mostly I’ve worked with recycled glass, fibers, found materials and rolled papers. Right now I am excited about using recycled packaging and newspaper.
As a champion of the lost, lonely and discarded, I enjoy giving life to cast-away materials, creating something from nothing.
Donna Plunkett - Porcupine Paper