Otago Banners


Margery Blackman



  • Textile Work


  • Mohair
  • Wool
  • Silk


  • Diptych. Each panel H1925 x W1090mm

Margery Blackman, ‘Otago Banners’ (1986), Dunedin Hospital, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


This work was one of six piece commissioned and donated from Ward Block Art Fund in July 1986.

Composed as two large panels, the work has been design in a bold geometric pattern of triangles and stripes, with a strong diagonal (X) organisation. Margery Blackman was Honorary Curator of Ethnographic Textiles and Costume from Other Cultures (including Māori material) at the Otago Museum from 1967 onward. Her own textiles reflect a deep understanding of the complex symbolism of abstract textile design.

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