Donna is a Yorta Yorta artist, currently living in Ballarat on Wathaurong country. She is what is referred to as a journey woman, which means she is in the process of learning weaving techniques and stories, and has been weaving for eight years.
Originally taught to weave as a young girl, Donna rekindled her love of weaving when she participated in a workshop with master weaver Bronwyn Razem (Gunditijmara). Donna uses a blanket stitch as it is a strong, sturdy stitch that creates baskets that are both practical and beautiful. She uses New Zealand flax in her baskets, which she collects from her local area. Although the plant is not indigenous to Australia, it is strong and wide, making it perfect for Donna’s style of weaving.
“As a proud Aboriginal woman, I believe the more we learn about our Indigenous ancestors in Australia, the more we can help people understand the country that we live on and the importance of maintaining a sustainable way of life for all Australians, and future generations to come” — Donna Blackall