“Making use of what you have” could well be considered the philosophy of Marjorie Blackman. Utilising simple straw, turtle shell, fabric scraps and any other basic materials – many of them indigenous – she helped to lay the foundation for what is now a thriving craft industry, retailing its products across the globe.
As an employee of the Social Welfare Department in the 1950’s, Blackman coordinated the teaching of craft skills to thousands of young Barbadians – enabling them to earn a living. She also played a vital role in the establishment of the smocking industry and was the face of PAREDOS for many years.
The Marjorie Blackman Award in Fine craft is presented to the individual or group that has produced a fine work of craft with excellent finish.