Be amazed by the semi-finalists! (1 of 2) - Wool Blanket Design Contest

After a difficult and careful review of over 200 submissions from artists across the U.S. and Canada, the Eighth Generation team has selected 13 semi-finalists. This blog announces the first 6, and the next blog post will announce the remaining 7.  After a period of community feedback, we will decide on 4 finalists!  

We encourage you to show love and support for this year's semi-finalists (and the previously highlighted Honorable Mentions)by leaving a comment about your favorites! Keep in mind that the art below are broader examples of their work - not necessarily wool blanket designs - so you'll have to use your imagination! We've added a link to the artists website or social media pages whenever possible.

Take a look at the beautiful artwork below, and please feel free to share with your networks!  And be sure to keep an eye out for the next batch of Semi-Finalists. 

Fox Spears -  Karuk

"This design is so serene, but also so powerful and bold. For me, it holds an amazing feeling of balance of lightness and heaviness." - Kim Kroeker, Design Support


Carol Douglas - Northern Arapaho - Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

"I love this piece because women represent the gift of life, the backbone in our community." - H.L. Belmont Jr., Studio Assistant 

Jennifer Riley - Acoma, Nambe and Laguna

"This submission was among our favorites. We feel that the colors and design work would be easily adaptable to become a wool blanket that could be appreciated by people from all backgrounds." - Serene Lawrence, Project Manager

Darby Raymond-Overstreet - Diné/Navajo

"I love the elegance of this design. It's timeless and transcendentally beautiful as a stand-alone piece or as a blanket." -Kim Kroeker, Design Support

Sydney Jacobs - Mohawks of Akwesasne

"I'm drawn to the perfect composition of the work...and that the design is not composed of flat lines, it's made with beads. The design is simple, but it's a perfect blending of precision and the 'artist hand.'" - Louie Gong, Founder & Owner

Jeremy Fields - Pawnee/Crow/Chickasaw

"This is stunning! I loved the choice in colors." - Adriana Perrusquia, Communications Specialist