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

March 25, 2019 175 Comments

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




75 Responses

Michelle Emerson
Michelle Emerson

April 03, 2019

Jeremy and Sydney … awesome!

Kristian Terrance
Kristian Terrance

April 03, 2019

Sydney Jacobs design is beautiful. The black and white is so timeless and the design is so delicate and mesmerizing. My absolute favorite among the collection.

Jasmine
Jasmine

April 03, 2019

Jeremy Fields And Sydney Jacobs are my two favourites! Carol Douglas And Jennifer Riley after that

Mich Sandoval
Mich Sandoval

April 03, 2019

I am a fan of Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s design and color.

Nehomah
Nehomah

April 03, 2019

1. Jeremy Fields
2. Sydney Jacobs
3. Jennifer Riley

Ramak
Ramak

April 03, 2019

What talented artists and submissions!! But I must say, Jennifer Riley’s design speaks to me as the intricate/bold design and vibrancy of the work captures the heart, soul, and beauty of the Southwest and her Native people. I am mesmerized by the piece and it’s active kaleidoscope like effect which is further highlighted by the colors chosen. This is definitely a piece I would like to own!!!

Ramak
Ramak

April 03, 2019

What talented artists and submissions!! But I must say, Jennifer Riley’s design speaks to me as the intricate/bold design and vibrancy of the work captures the heart, soul, and beauty of the Southwest and her Native people. I am mesmerized by the piece and it’s active kaleidoscope like effect which is further highlighted by the colors chosen. This is definitely a piece I would like to own!!!

Tanae
Tanae

March 26, 2019

Jeremy Fields! Love his work and this piece is beautiful.

Richelle Sandoval
Richelle Sandoval

March 26, 2019

Darby Raymond-Overstreet. I love her colors and design. Absolutely beautiful!!

Rebecca
Rebecca

March 26, 2019

I love Jennifer Riley’s design! Her combination of traditional design and color scheme could appeal to many preferences. I see this blanket appealing to younger children, including my own daughter who likes color and vibrancy like children are, while still weaving in and wrapping them up both literally and symbolically in the blessings of Southwest pottery design. This design speaks across genders and cultures, and is inclusive to anyone wanting to make a statement! Good job to all the artists in the contest!

Marcia M Mueller
Marcia M Mueller

March 26, 2019

Fox Spears is my favorite… it speaks serenity and strength to me… the perfect fit for a beautiful blanket as you wrap yourself in it to rest, sleep and renew.

Garry Zimmerman
Garry Zimmerman

March 26, 2019

Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s

Kenny Ramos
Kenny Ramos

March 26, 2019

Amazing designs and artists! I’m really taken with Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s art and think it would make for an amazing blanket.

Cynthia Miller
Cynthia Miller

March 26, 2019

Carol Douglas and Jeremy Spears get my vote. This is hard to choose.

Isaac Saldaña
Isaac Saldaña

March 26, 2019

1. Spears
2. Riley
3. Douglas

Christine
Christine

March 26, 2019

I would really like the Sydney Jacobs for my living room! They are all beautiful and very well done!

Melissa Beaulieu
Melissa Beaulieu

March 26, 2019

I love Carol Douglas’ design!! We need something that shows the power of women 🙌🏽

Mary Young Bear
Mary Young Bear

March 26, 2019

My favorite design for a blanket is Sydney Jacobs, made with beads and while the design looks complex, the 2 colors make it elegant,
All of the finalists did beautiful work, congratulations to everyone!

Bridget Herrera
Bridget Herrera

March 26, 2019

I cast my vote for DARBY RAYMOND-OVERSTREET – DINÉ/NAVAJO. Her design encapsulates an understated beauty with its simplicity.

Betsy Sandoval
Betsy Sandoval

March 26, 2019

I love Darby Raymond-Overstreets design and her design definitely has my vote.

Sharon Whish
Sharon Whish

March 26, 2019

They are all beautiful, but Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s design is my very favorite.

Jo
Jo

March 26, 2019

JENNIFER RILEY – ACOMA, NAMBE AND LAGUNA

Mary
Mary

March 26, 2019

The are all beautiful but Jeremy Fields is my favorite. Love the colors!

Jennifer Castillo
Jennifer Castillo

March 26, 2019

I vote for the one by JENNIFER RILEY – ACOMA, NAMBE AND LAGUNA!

Maddie Johns
Maddie Johns

March 26, 2019

I vote for Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s design as well as Jeremy Fields’. Both of these are such beautiful pieces!

Eileen Richardson
Eileen Richardson

March 26, 2019

Although all the work is beautiful, I favor two of them. As a working mother I absolutely love the Carol Douglas. It shows how us as woman and mothers have worked and supported our own all whilst caring for our children for generations. Fox Spears also speaks to me. It reflects how life can be light and calm at times yet dark and heavy at other times.

Bianca Saeed
Bianca Saeed

March 26, 2019

Carol Douglas’ my favorite

Sheri Watson
Sheri Watson

March 26, 2019

Carol Douglas by far…

Sophie
Sophie

March 26, 2019

All of these artists’ works are beautiful! I especially love Sydney Jacobs’s beadwork design quilt. What a beautiful blend of traditional beadwork and modern design.

Denise Davis
Denise Davis

March 26, 2019

Carol Douglas, love the idea for a blanket, the colors are soothing
Jennifer Riley, perfect composition also beautiful for blanket. Jeremy Fields. Perfect composition, nice choice of colors I really enjoy the design. All are very beautiful. I am so excited to see these, thank you for the post.

Denise Davis
Denise Davis

March 26, 2019

Jennifer Riley . I really like her design of the women concept in a blanket. The colors are soothing. And Jeremy Fields I like his colors And the contrast, really nice composition. These two are my favorites. But they are all beautiful.Thank you much for the post. This is exciting.

Pennie Opal Plant
Pennie Opal Plant

March 26, 2019

Fox Spears followed by Jennifer Riley. I love the soothing blues which remind me of the living waters in Fox Spears’ work. And Jennifer Riley’s work is strong, clear and female.

Alex
Alex

March 26, 2019

Darby Raymond-Overstreet. Gorgeous design.

Margie Campbell
Margie Campbell

March 26, 2019

Jennifer Riley’s is my favorite! Beautiful colors and design.

Heather
Heather

March 26, 2019

Jacobs and Fields are my favorites but I’m a huge fan of black/white & patterns. They are all so beautiful and all the artists should be very proud of their amazing work.

Phoenix Two Spirit, Cree/Scots
Phoenix Two Spirit, Cree/Scots

March 26, 2019

Really hard to decide but Douglas is clearly awesome, with Riley a close second, and Darby third. Best of luck to all though.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

March 26, 2019

I like the Mohawk and Arapaho entries best, though all are beautiful.

Shaun Lawrence
Shaun Lawrence

March 26, 2019

Fox Spears’ piece you show is sublime. Just love it.

Kathy
Kathy

March 26, 2019

Jennifer’s is my top pick. The geometric design and the colors are beautiful!!

Lilian Berner
Lilian Berner

March 26, 2019

I love Jennifer Riley’s piece. I think the use of color and the geometric design are amazing and will make a beautiful blanket. Brilliant artist and very beautiful work. Absolutely stunning for hand painted designs.

Brenda
Brenda

March 26, 2019

All are stunning, although my favorite is Jeremy Fields colorful designs.

Taunya Jones
Taunya Jones

March 26, 2019

Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s design is amazing, this design would be beautiful.

Monika Hinse
Monika Hinse

March 25, 2019

Love them all. I think the geometric colorful Darby Raymond Overstreet is cool. But a more female blanket I like Carol Douglas’s effort. So excited to see the final pick.

Selene Bonnell-Hall
Selene Bonnell-Hall

March 25, 2019

I vote for Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s blanket design!

Joseph Bonnell-Hall
Joseph Bonnell-Hall

March 25, 2019

I vote for Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s design.

Marlene Monroe
Marlene Monroe

March 25, 2019

I want to vote for Sydney Jacobs and carol Douglas. Nizhoni

Michael Zimmermam
Michael Zimmermam

March 25, 2019

Love Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s design. Would make a awesome design.

Mary Lou Salter
Mary Lou Salter

March 25, 2019

I thought the elegant frog design was the strongest. Disappointed in finals

Dani Na'Fey
Dani Na'Fey

March 25, 2019

Carole Douglas has my vote. Not only does she portray women, but each of them is carrying a basket or cradle board, which to me represents the many ways women support & nurture their families, communities, & beyond. That they are facing the center shows their connectedness to the Center of All.

Heather Friedli
Heather Friedli

March 25, 2019

Jennifer Riley, followed by Fox Spears and then Sydney Jacobs. 1, 2, 3. Great work!

Jackie Eagle
Jackie Eagle

March 25, 2019

I absolutely love Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s design. It’s so beautiful and elegant and would make a stunning, one of a kind blanket. She’s a wonderful artist and would be the perfect choice for your contest.

Denise McKenzie
Denise McKenzie

March 25, 2019

Although I’m not a fan of blue so much, as a Tolowa/Yurok basket weaver, I find Fox Spears design strong and it would read well on a large piece of cloth. I prefer black and greys or tan.

Phyllis Anderson
Phyllis Anderson

March 25, 2019

Wow! These are very talented artists! My favorite is Darby Raymond-Overstreet. The design and colors are beautiful!

Wendell Wilmoth
Wendell Wilmoth

March 25, 2019

Great designs! I really dig Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s colorful pattern!

Rhonda Eagle
Rhonda Eagle

March 25, 2019

I love the one by Darby Raymond-Overstreet it is so bright and would fit any room design.

Turquoise
Turquoise

March 25, 2019

I fell head over heels in love with the sacred beauty of Jennifer Riley’s woven basket I will call Earth Women ~ The Givers of Life!

Molina
Molina

March 25, 2019

Darby Raymond Overstreet. I love her style and design!

Kimberly Kowena
Kimberly Kowena

March 25, 2019

Love his choice of colors and how the emphasis the ribbon work design. A good representation of the southern cloth ribbon skirts of Oklahoma.

Hope Harjo. Pawnee/Creek/Chata/Cheyenne
Hope Harjo. Pawnee/Creek/Chata/Cheyenne

March 25, 2019

I love the appliqué design and colors that compliment eachother and the stars that are incorporated are a nice touch. I would love to see any design by Jeremy Fields on a wool blanket.

Janis Clark
Janis Clark

March 25, 2019

Love everyone of these artists… such beautiful work, especially Crystal Worl and Carol Douglas.

Bobby Robedeaux
Bobby Robedeaux

March 25, 2019

Everyone of these are beautiful! Especially love the contrast of colors and art by Jeremy Fields.. Wow!!

A. Nashoba
A. Nashoba

March 25, 2019

CAROL DOUGLAS

Leslie Camel Stewart
Leslie Camel Stewart

March 25, 2019

Jacobs and Fields are my favorites!

Leslie Camel Stewart
Leslie Camel Stewart

March 25, 2019

Jacobs and Fields are my favorites!

Celyna D Morales
Celyna D Morales

March 25, 2019

I love Jeremy Fields’ ribbonwork designs first. I’m part Otoe-Missouria and it brings back memories of my mother’s shawls. She had designs used by many generations of her family. I used several on some of my paintings. It should be used as a border design or horizontal or vertical designs broken into 3 pieces (top, middle, bottom) on blankets complementing the colored ribbonwork design.

I also love Jennifer Riley’s use of color in her geometric design. It could be used as a border or used as a horizontal or vertical design on any colored blanket used within her design. I would go with darker colors or primary colored blankets.

Diana
Diana

March 25, 2019

Wow! I don’t know how you could choose! … and the Acoma basket by Jennifer Riley is over the top beautiful. Thank you for sharing! :D

Collins Provost
Collins Provost

March 25, 2019

I love the story that Jeremy Fields is able to convey through his use of color and art.

Sarah Friedel
Sarah Friedel

March 25, 2019

Congratulations to these semifinalists!

I love the piece by Carol Douglas. Its beautiful, shows a high skill level and a wonderful ideal (respect for women) alive in many indigenous peoples. This positive inspiration is much needed in our world which unfortunately is dominated by unhealthy depictions of women. (My view only as an older white woman). Just think of wrapping these women around you as a robe. There’s strength in this community and a reminder Grandma and Aunties see all!

My heart skipped a beat when I scrolled to Sydney Jacobs’ black and white piece. I would purchase this design or similar in a blanket if available. I love symmetry, woodland designs and beading. It is very easy to enter this design and feel the whole universe as if you’re looking into a clear night sky of stars. Thankyou for asking for feedback. Will be glad to see the next group! Respectfully, Sarah

Stacie Blue
Stacie Blue

March 25, 2019

Jennifer Riley- ACOMA, NAMBE AND LAGUNA has my vote a smidge over all the others, which are absolutely beautiful! Miigwech

Phil
Phil

March 25, 2019

The Fox Spears and Jennifer Riley designs are amazing.

Pat McCarthy
Pat McCarthy

March 25, 2019

Loved carol Douglas’s work for the theme. And Sydney JACOBS for the black and white and design.

Patricia J Henery
Patricia J Henery

March 25, 2019

I love the fox spears – its clean, complicated and simple all at once.

And I really love the Seminole-Arapaho basket for this time of reconnecting
with the feminine.

Aho!

Tempe Javitz
Tempe Javitz

March 25, 2019

I love your emails. Each new group of amazing designs just brightens my day. I especially love the basket !

Aubrey
Aubrey

March 25, 2019

I like Fox Spears’ myself.

Maria
Maria

March 25, 2019

They are all beautiful! I’ve put off buying a blanket because it’s such an investment, but if you made a blanket inspired by Carol Douglas’ basket, I would find a way!

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