March 26, 2019
The Eighth Generation team has selected 13 semi-finalists after a tough and careful review of over 200 submissions from talented artists all across Indian Country! This blog announces the remaining 7. Check out our blog announcing the first 6 Semi-Finalists! After a period of community feedback, we will decide on the final 4.
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! And remember - the pieces below are samples of the artists' broader work, not necessarily wool blanket designs - so you'll have to use your imagination! A link to the artists website or social media pages has been added whenever possible.
Check out the stunning artwork below, and please don't hesitate to share with your networks!
"Breathtaking. The colors and intricacy of the weaving are absolutely stunning."-Kim Kroeker, Design Support
"The design and colors in this piece have such beautiful and complex details." - Josh Swift, Studio Manager
"I love the use of negative and positive space here; the thoughtful combination of linework and bold shapes makes it such a strong design. This would be such an awesome blanket." -Kim Kroeker, Design Support
"This beautiful piece reminds me of reflections of life because the dragonfly to me represents the interweaving of people in and out of my life." - H.L. Belmont Jr., Studio Assistant
"Wow, this is so dope! The designs in this piece are strong." - H.L. Belmont Jr., Studio Assistant
"The colors and the designs in this are so beautiful, and I especially loved the birds!" - Adriana Perrusquia, Communications Specialist
"Wow! We are in love with these. The skill of the artist is so apparent in these gorgeous and diverse designs." -Kim Kroeker, Design Support
May 09, 2019
I have always envisioned that David Naranjo’s designs would look beautiful on a wool blanket! Amazing art David!
David Naranjo has the illest design! I know my community members and elders and little ones would be honored to be robed in a blanket of Pueblo aesthetic! I choose you!
While I believe that every single one is absolutely amazing, I’ve got to go with David Naranjo as my favorite. I’ve always admired his work, and I wish him well.
I totally love David Naranjos work!
Jessica Harjo’s design is gorgeous and unique. Absolutely love it!!!
Jessica harjos’ blanket or Jessica prowless. One is very light and suitable for spring, and the other is a bit darker with a winter vibe
The Jessica Powless submission is fabulous! The earth colors along with the design make it extraordinary!!
Jessica Harjo! Amazing work.
Pat Bruderer. Beautiful work.
All finalist are very talented though.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work is absolutely stunning. I love the traditional floral and ribbon work designs incorporated into this piece. The soft yet bright colors really makes this standout. It looks amazing!
PPS! I just want to also say that Jessica Powless’s design would also look amazing wrapped around you!
Well it looks like Pat and Geo have their people enthusiastically behind them, but I gota vote for the Ikerson Hopper design (no personal connection to me), it totally stands out. I think it would appeal to both men and women and is so memorable and unique. Not just a pattern, not just an image, but the best of both. I can see it’s not exactly black and white but it’s a blanket that would look great in any situation! I love it
I love Geo Neptune’s design! So stunning.
The work of Geo Neptune truly stands out. It is such a beautiful combination of traditional craft with a fresh modern twist.
They are all beautiful, but Geo Neptune’s will be exquisite!
Pat bruderers work is amazing.
April 09, 2019
Pat Bruderer’s birch bark biting would make a beautiful wool blanket. I own a piece of hers. It’s displayed in a place of honour, and I’m always moved and amazed by its beauty and intricate detailing. Pat’s work preserving a rare art form and carrying on its tradition is admirable. I encourage everyone to check out her story and work!
Jessica Harjo! Her work is clean and eye catching!
Jessica Rosemary Harjo, hands down!! ❤️ Gorgeous.
Hopper and Neptune — can’t pick just one (useless, I know)….
Jessica Rosemary Harjo has a stunning design. The different designs within this piece are beautiful woven.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo!!! Love the birds and every detail of your artwork!
Love Jessica Harjo’s work!!!
I really love the David Naranjo design and the Geo Neptune would translate beautifully. They’re all pretty amazing, though. I don’t think there’s a bad choice to be made here.
I would love to see and purchase a blanket with Pat Brueder’s birch biting design. Her work is very unique and historically significant, and the subtle and earthy colors would be an beautiful addition to my home, and I am sure many other people would fee the same.
Pat Bruderer has created some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. Great Job!
Semi finals! That’s amazing. Jessica Harjos submission is truly beautiful! This is so exciting! Go Jessica!
Jessica Powless!!! 😍😍
The Halfmoon Woman piece by Pat Bruderer is absolutely stunning!
Jessica Harjo! Beautiful design and colors! Love love love!
Keen design by Jessica Harjo!
I admire Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s designs! She has my vote.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo! Stunning.
I have personally met Pat Bruderer in Nakusp, BC and besides being a caring and loving mother/grandmother she has produced unique and intricate art that should be valued and appreciated by all! Hugh
Jessica Powless – what a creative color combination and design, this is something completely different and cutting edge! What a STELLAR design!
All are lovely and unique, Geo Neptune’s design stands out for me
I vote for Geo Soctomah-Neptune’s design!
Harjo’s is definitely the winner!!
Jessica Harjo. Nuff said.
Thanks for sharing the beauty! Jessica Hajro’s design make me smile with joy. Geo Neptune’s new-old creativity is awesome. Kudos to all entrants!
Go Geo!!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL work!!!
April 01, 2019
George Neptune. Or. Oh…how can you possibly choose just one? I hope all the finalists are put in a calendar at the very least
Beautiful work by everyone. I particularly love Pat Bruderer’s piece. It feels delicate and strong at the same time. for me it has a feminine energy and reminds me of growth and transformation. I think it would be beautiful on a blanket!
I particularly liked Pat Bruderer’s design. A remarkable art form producing a warm spiritual design. A blanket replicating this design would feel warm and natural before even putting it on.
Geo Neptune! Students will gravitate towards this amazing design for their grad blankets! Next Powless! All are stunning designs.
While I am impressed with the colors, the designs and craftsmanship of all of these finalists, I am going to vote for Kim Trujillo in this round.
I can see 2-3 belt designs applied to a single bold blanket design.
Love the birch bark biting by pat…absolutely beautiful art and I recently had the opportunity to meet her in person and she is beautiful Kwe and her art is simply amazing
Geo’s dressing is fantastic and would look amazing as a blanket!
Pat Bruderer’s art would be beautiful on textiles of any kind…it is mind boggling to me that this lovely lady continues to honor this traditional and most challenging art that would be lost if not for her. I can’t think of any other artistic skill level ‘that should be preserved and admired more than Pat’s.
Jessica R Harjo! I like that it is a bit different from what is currently available.
I love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design. It offers a reflection of tribal designs (Otoe, Pawnee, Osage) that we don’t normally get to see in products for Native people but also reflects more contemporary design and color.
They are all beautiful – My vote is for Geo Neptune – Love it!!! <3
Geo’ s basket is absolutely my favorite. Their creativity and artistry are amazing. They are a winner in everway💜♥️💜
I would love to see Pat Bruderer/Half Moon Woman’s design in a blanket and it would look awesome with matching curtains.
I love the variety with breath and depth of creativity and expression. Geo Neptune captures the essence of his culture through his use of traditional natural materials in contemporary formats!
Geo Neptune work is breathtaking. He elevates craft to artistry, creating a visual feast using carefully cut and dyed natural materials, given form, and executed in a meticulous fashion with amazing detail, thought, and symbolism. His work draws from his tribe’s weaving culture, expressing his unabashed acceptance of himself as a Two Spirit using the brilliant and dazzling colors of the rainbow. And then the is the nest and the bird…. Could this be connection to home, family, and people – while the bird spirit takes flight? His message is loud, powerful, and perfect. If I could vote, his would be my choice.
Geo Neptune… bringing it all together.
Geo all the way!!! Wonderful person and artist!! ❤️
All good! But I’m throwing my vote in for Jessica Harjo! The design work is so sharp and it would be wonderful to see representation of her region in your line up.
The rainbow. Geo Neptune.
Jessica Harjo! I love her soft beautiful peaceful designs.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo!!! They are all so gorgeous but Harjo’s is my favourite.
All beautiful work!! I vote for Geo Neptune!!
Geo Neptune Basket is inspiring.
JESSICA ROSEMARY HARJO hands done has the overall fresh and fancy design. If you take them all and put them side by side you will see that it just stands out and is very beautiful. Great job Jessica Harjo your so very talented!!!
Go Geo!! Your designs are breathtaking, a combination of tomorrow and yesterday in the best ways. Here’s to taking the title, but you are already one-of-a-kind to me!!
Geo Neptune’s basket for sure! Wonderfully woven.
Voting for Passamaquiddy artist “Geo” George Neptune because he’s got it going on and his work leaves you with an awe-inspiring feeling of amazement and beauty. Great minds!!
Wonderful piece. Love the balance.
It would be so cool to see the ancient art of Cree birch bark design on a wool blanket.
Geo Neptune all the way!!!
Geo Neptune does beautiful work! He has my vote.
Geo’s work is stunning. It’s a joy to see everything new that they create.
My vote is for Geo Neptune. Absolutely amazing!
Geo Neptune’s basket is fabulous. I can envision being wrapped in a vibarant wool blanket with his beautiful design.
Jessica Powless is an amazing Talented artist that tells the story with every design that she creates , absolutely stunning..
Birch biting, until last year i had no concept of such, simply stunning with or without lighting.
Geo Neptune is a beautiful artist who makes us proud!
Jessica Powless from Oneida Nation Wisconsin should def be one of the 4!
Jessica Rosemary Harjo – Beautiful design and such vibrant colors.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s is so tight, keen and gives me so much joy just by looking at the colors and inversions
Jessica Rosemary Harjo….her colors and designs are beautiful. I live how she incorporates her tribal designs in one beautiful piece of art.
Amazing artists but Pat’s birch bark biting is exquisite.
March 30, 2019
Pat Bruderer, Halfmoon Woman! The aspect I love about her birch bark biting art, is that historically birch bark biting was used to send messages, record events and special ceremonies. It’s especially commemorative and I feel that this aspect when blended into a blanket would make a beautiful unique design.
All artists are extremely gifted! Jessica Rosemary Harjo shows fresh and modern design blended with traditional artistry advancing native expression!
All are beautiful, but I must vote for Geo Neptune!! Such an amazing artist who continues to impress me!
Pat Bruderer’s work is easily the most authentic, as birch bark biting is one of the oldest, most traditional and certainly most unique Indigenous art forms.
Just left a birch biting workshop with Pat Bruderer and not only is she an amazing artist who’s bringing back an important traditional art but she’s an excellent teacher as well. I think her art is uniquely beautiful and would make an amazing blanket that touches so many nations and tribes.
Love DAVID’s work!!
Jessica Harjo! Beautiful work, as always!
The work of Pat Bruderer is exceptional. At life-size the bitings are powerful in their original format of birch bark, so delicate and complex. I had the privilege of using one of Pat’s pieces for an exhibition and had a biting printed and enlarged to a length of 12 feet; the intricacy of the pattern held perfectly and it looked amazing on a larger format. The work would be outstanding on a large blanket! Good luck Pat Bruderer.
i gave a gift of Pat Bruderer’s art to friends at their wedding. The marriage didn’t last but the separation was amicable. Pat’s framed birchbark biting was one of the few things they fought over. True story!
Pat Bruderer’s rare art form would be beautiful on a blanket, nature and life are reflected in this piece and the dragonfly is exquisite.
All of these designs are wonderful but I would buy the IKERSON HOPPER – ONONDAGA NATION blanket for sure – it’s just different, it tells a story and leaves the viewer wondering. Best entry, thanks for asking 😃
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July 18, 2019
Tribal Canoe Journey is an annual spectacular cultural celebration, where canoe families travel in ocean-going canoes from their home waters to a host Nation, stopping to visit different tribal communities along the way. Every year a different tribe hosts, and this year the Lummi Nation - which is located few minutes north of Bellingham, Washington - is hosting from July 24th through 28th!
July 08, 2019
Rosalie Fish (Cowlitz) from the Muckleshoot Tribal School won three state titles in track Rosalie all while raising awareness and advocating for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
June 27, 2019
Eighth Generation by Louie Gong