Thar Be Dragons!

Paper Sculpture

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

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