March 25, 2019
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.
"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
"I love this piece because women represent the gift of life, the backbone in our community." - H.L. Belmont Jr., Studio Assistant
"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
"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
"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
"This is stunning! I loved the choice in colors." - Adriana Perrusquia, Communications Specialist
May 09, 2019
JEREMY FIELDS – The design is beautiful and the colors work perfectly together
I’m torn between vibrant design of Jennifer Riley and the delicate simplicity of Sydney Jacobs. Wow!
Absolutely Jennifer Riley!!! Her art includes native traditional designs highlighted in very beautiful colors!!! It makes me feel very happy and very joyful!!! I vote for Jennifer Riley!!!
Jeremy Fields has an absolutely stunning design! 🔥🔥🔥
Jeremy’s designs look ace on paper, digital, mural, and bead work. His design would be keen on a blanket.
My choice would have to be Jeremy’s design i love the color contrast. Although the other design’s are very beautiful to me as well but Jeremy’s stand out to me the most. Amazing work.
Jeremy Fields has chosen a beautiful colors scheme that flows with the southern cloth patterns in his blankets.
Jeremy Fields! I love the symmetry and the vibrant colors in his design work. It would make a beautiful blanket!
If I was gonna wrap myself in a blanket Jennifer Riley’s would be amazing because it’s just so statement, but if I think about living with a wool blanket for a long time or in many places/situations or gifting one, I would pick the design by Fox Speares, for the same reasons that Kim says in her note! And I think like the note about what the staff thought of Jennifer’s design could be applied to this design too, adaptable and appreciated by people from all backgrounds.
April 09, 2019
I gotta go with Darby.
Would like to see the design a bit larger on the background.
I believe I saw a comment on one of the semi-finalist blog posting -about making a calendar with these designs/photos. That would be awesome.
I love Jeremy’s designs and would love to buy his work as a blanket! I know his aesthetic would look gorgeous in my living room.
Fox Spears work is stunning.
I like Fox Spears’ work. I personally would love to see Eighth Generation showcase more California Native art, as a lot of what has been done in the past has been art by PNW, plains, or southwest artists
April 01, 2019
I vote for Darby!!!
Darby’s is beautiful
I would love to see Darby Raymond-Overstreet AND Jeremy Fields get a blanket with their designs. So beautiful!
I vote for Darby! The colors of the design are incredible, and incredibly balanced.
March 30, 2019
I love Darby’s the best, amazing and full of soul.
Jeremy Fields all the way! A feast for the eyes and Pawnee to boot!
March 29, 2019
Jeremy Fields…all very beautiful but love that design
Darby Raymond Overstreet
Jessica Rosemary Harjo is my first choice. Her art has clean lines and beautiful colors. All of the entries are impressive!
Such beautiful work, all!
Jeremy Fields’, Fox Spears’ & Carol Douglas’ work all vie for my attention.
Wado! Glad you asked for comments!
This is a hard one., I like them all! I can whitle it down to: Darby Raymond-Overstreet, Fox Spears, Carol Douglas
Jennifer Riley’s work is inspiring and beautiful!
They’re all so amazing, but I have to give my vote to Carol Douglas’ design. The piece not only reflects the strength of our native women, but also reminds us of the important role they have in our communities and why we need to ensure that no more of our sisters go missing.
Sorry, I thought I sent in my comment successfully already. I was grabbed right away by Fox Spears’design, and it would be a beautiful blanket. Since I am drawn to geometrics, Jennifer Riley gets my vote as well. Carol Douglas did an exceptional job, but I am not sure how this piece would work as a blanket; it is 3 dimensional.
I vote for Sydney
Top are Fox Spears & Jennifer Riley but so amazing to see the works of all my people!!! Fan of all the artist!
My vote is for Carol Douglas! They are all beautiful!
Fox Spears design is very appealing, I can see a definite market for this. Makes me think of Winter and Rest…
I am in danger of wanting more…..
April 03, 2019
Jennifer Riley – Acoma, Nambe and Laguna
I keep coming back to Jennifer Riley’s design. I LOVE the colors, contrast and vibrancy of this art. This print makes me happy!
Darby Raymond-Overstreet is amazing and in my opinion “one to watch” in the future. Her design for this completion does not disappoint! Love it!
Love love love Darby’s work! It’s simplistic and elegant. :)
Jennifer Riley! This design is magic! It incorporates the central role of the mother on this physical plane but also the energetic grandmothers, the wise ancestors we return to for medicine.
You rock Jen Riley! beautiful design. Cheery and bright!
I’ve always admired Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s work and this does not disappoint. So awed by you, Darby!
These are all wonderful. If I had to pick one, it would be Fox Spears. The boldness seems to anchor me, and then the waves of blue soothe me.
That Fox Spears design is incredible, I am shoving money at my computer screen. TAKE IT. I’ve been waiting for a Northern Ca. blanket design for so long!
Harjo all the way. Tradition meets contemporary with hints of NAC. It’s all there in one blanket
I love the Sydney Jacobs design and look. I’d buy that or a similar design, for sure!
I love the Karuk/Fox Spears design!
Jennifer Riley’s is my choice.Beautiful combination of colors and geometric designs. Great artist!
Sydney Jacobs has my vote! So happy to see Akwesasne Mohawk designs in the running. 💜
I like Mr. Jacobs’ design of white on black, especially the inclusion of beads. That is the one I would be most likely to wear in some fashion.
My 2nd choice is Fox Spear because of the colors & the optical illusion of movement that they create.
I vote Darby Raymond-Overstreet! Love this print.
JENNIFER RILEY – ACOMA, NAMBE AND LAGUNA
Beautiful work by Darby Raymond-Overstreet! Love the elegance and balance of cool and warm colors <3
I love Jennifer Riley’s art. The vibrant colors and design of the piece catch your eyes immediately and would be amazing on a blanket!! Absolutely talented artist.
These are all stunning! Incredible designs! I am blown away by them all! Especially by Geo Neptune’s!
Jennifer Riley- color and design are beautiful. When I look at this piece it make me happy, it is so alive!
There is definitely some fierce competition going on here. But my top picks are:
Fox Spears – for the serenity that the colors and design evoke. I feel as if I’m sitting next to a lake—whether it be in the bright sun of summer’s warmth, bundled up in the chill of fall, or gazing comfortably from indoors out at the waters churned by a storm’s tempest.
Jennifer Riley – for the vibrant excitement of the warm colors and lively design. I feel as if I’m at pow wow proudly mesmerized by the beat of the drums as the men, in their myriad of colorful regalia, powerfully dance to tell their own interpretations of each song. Or as the women appear to dance as butterflies with their intricate steps, spins, and flowing shawls.
Sydney Jacobs – As a Seneca sister I feel proud to have our heritage represented by such an elegantly simple design. Although shown only in black and white, my mind’s eye envisions multiple combinations of beautifully colored raised bead designs.
Good luck to all!
Jennifer Riley’s blanket is amazing! The brightness of the design really indicates happiness in my eye.
My favorite is to be basket by Geo Soctomah Neptune 😍
I vote for Jennifer Riley. Love the color and design!
jennifer riley or carol douglas!!
All the submissions are incredibly inspiring. The intricate design by Sydney Jacobs is beautiful. Also Carol Douglas has an eye catching style.
I love Geo Neptune’s work! Everything they design is absolutely gorgeous and their work would make an incredible blanket that I would absolutely buy! Congrats to all the designers.
Darby Raymond-Overstreet has such a highly developed artistic talent. Her work, which she incorporates into a loom, is an original idea. As a Navajo I know that type of work is highlighting out culture through art. Darby’s artistic work also incorporated into a wool blanket would be a fantastic representation of our tribe.
I love Jennifer Riley’s piece! The colors are very vibrant and beautiful together. Such an amazing piece of art!
Jennifer Riley – hands down.
Personally, I LOVED the DARBY RAYMOND-OVERSTREET – DINÉ/NAVAJO artwork. I love the colors and the design can be used in so many different ways on a blanket!!!
Fox Spears and Jeremy Fields
Carol Douglas for sure gets my vote! Really would like a blanket with her women design. I have seen her work and own a small basket with horses, but the women basket design is just amazing! Sincerely hope this design is chosen for a blanket.
Jennifer Riley’s is absolutely stunning. The traditional design with the vibrant colors intertwines beautifully. I can see this piece being appealing to all ages young and older. Well done Jennifer!! Congratulations and beautiful work by all!
All are great…very hard to choose. I am most drawn to geometric and graphics, so Spears and Riley are tied for me…not sure which one would translate best into a wool blanket. I would be happy to see either one.♡
I LOVE Carol Douglas’ basket—strong powerful women. Yeah. I once had a Guatemalan wall-hanging with a somewhat similar row of women like this… I was told it related to corn ceremonies and fertility…..I got pregnant within a week of hanging it in my house. ;-)
Absolutely gorgeous! My vote is for Jeremy Fields. Eye catching and I would totally buy a blanket of that print!
July 03, 2019
Jeremy Fields- I love the design and beautiful colors
Wow! These submissions are all so beautiful. I am really excited by the design by Darby Raymond-Overstreet. The bold colors and artistic design are a sumptuous feast for the eyes and soul. Brilliant.
I love Darby’s design!
Darby’s design is everything. It is elegant, modern, and unique. You can also feel the creator moving in this design. Pick this.
Fox Spears is my favorite, simple and beautiful
Carols basket won the highest prize in the worlds largest juried, Native American art show in the world. It would be so amazing to see this basket immortalized in one of Eighth Generation Fund’s blankets!
Darby Raymond-Overstreet and Carol Douglas!
Love Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s – it’s concise and complex at the same time and the color scheme is excellent. The care and talent in this artist’s design is overwhelmingly apparent!
Amazed with with detail and beautiful soft colors of Darby Raymond Overstreet’s work!!!
Choosing between Fox Spears and Darby Raymond Overstreet is difficult. They are both so beautiful.
Sydney Jacobs and Jeremy Fields, both really stand out to me. The boldness and traditional design are so striking. I could see either being wonderful potlatch gifts.
I vote for JENNIFER RILEY – ACOMA, NAMBE AND LAGUNA.
Jeremy Fields color selections are striking, but the contrast of the small crosses against them put the design over the top for me. Very powerful work.
My choice is most definitely Carol Douglas. The power of the different tribes of women and their different baskets and outfits, but a strong commonality that is definitely seen with indigenous women of North America.
Jennifer Riley’s combination of colors and design are beautifully done. Very eye catching.
I appreciate both Carol Douglas’ and Jennifer Riley’s designs. Incorporating the three dimensional aspect of Carol Douglas’ basket into a blanket design will make for an interesting challenge. The delicate lines of Jennifer Riley’s pottery tiles seem more accessible in a beautiful blanket than the resplendent Acoma pottery itself.
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January 15, 2020
Oprah Winfrey stopped by St. Paul, Minnesota, for her “2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus” tour. Winfrey is joining local workout groups at each stop as part of her tour, and her latest stop was with the KwePack, an incredible running group of Native American women based on the Fond du Lac Reservation near Duluth, which was started by Inspired Natives Collaborator Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe). Watch as Sarah made her wildest dreams come true by wrapping Oprah in an Eighth Generation blanket that she designed!
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