Be Blown Away by the Semi-Finalists! (2 of 2) - 2019 Wool Blanket Design Finalists

March 26, 2019 361 Comments

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! 

Geo Neptune -  Passamaquoddy at Indian Township

"Breathtaking. The colors and intricacy of the weaving are absolutely stunning."-Kim Kroeker, Design Support

 

Jessica Powless -  Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

"The design and colors in this piece have such beautiful and complex details." - Josh Swift, Studio Manager

David Naranjo -  Santa Clara Pueblo

"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

 

Pat Bruderer (Halfmoon Woman) -  Cree - Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation

"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 

Ikerson Hopper -  Onondaga Nation

"Wow, this is so dope! The designs in this piece are strong." - H.L. Belmont Jr., Studio Assistant  

 

Jessica Rosemary Harjo -  Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Sac & Fox

"The colors and the designs in this are so beautiful, and I especially loved the birds!" - Adriana Perrusquia, Communications Specialist

Kim R Trujillo -  Taos Pueblo

"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




100 Responses

Suzanne Herrera
Suzanne Herrera

May 09, 2019

I have always envisioned that David Naranjo’s designs would look beautiful on a wool blanket! Amazing art David!

Daryl lucero
Daryl lucero

May 09, 2019

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!

Christopher Corey
Christopher Corey

May 09, 2019

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.

Jessica
Jessica

May 09, 2019

I totally love David Naranjos work!

Alyssa Goodfox
Alyssa Goodfox

May 09, 2019

Jessica Harjo’s design is gorgeous and unique. Absolutely love it!!!

Ms
Ms

May 09, 2019

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

Terri Parr
Terri Parr

May 09, 2019

The Jessica Powless submission is fabulous! The earth colors along with the design make it extraordinary!!

Jaelyn Olsen
Jaelyn Olsen

May 09, 2019

Jessica Harjo!

Amanda Spears
Amanda Spears

May 09, 2019

Jessica Harjo! Amazing work.

Sean McAndrew
Sean McAndrew

May 09, 2019

Pat Bruderer. Beautiful work.
All finalist are very talented though.

Russell
Russell

May 09, 2019

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!

RabbitA
RabbitA

May 09, 2019

PPS! I just want to also say that Jessica Powless’s design would also look amazing wrapped around you!

RabbitA
RabbitA

May 09, 2019

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

Sabena
Sabena

May 09, 2019

I love Geo Neptune’s design! So stunning.

Carmen Tahmahkera
Carmen Tahmahkera

May 09, 2019

The work of Geo Neptune truly stands out. It is such a beautiful combination of traditional craft with a fresh modern twist.

Lisa Fulton
Lisa Fulton

May 09, 2019

They are all beautiful, but Geo Neptune’s will be exquisite!

Dakota
Dakota

May 09, 2019

Pat bruderers work is amazing.

Cara H
Cara H

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!

Bre Hill
Bre Hill

April 09, 2019

Jessica Harjo! Her work is clean and eye catching!

Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen

April 09, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo, hands down!! ❤️ Gorgeous.

Rhy Curry
Rhy Curry

April 09, 2019

Hopper and Neptune — can’t pick just one (useless, I know)….

Jodie Revard
Jodie Revard

April 09, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo has a stunning design. The different designs within this piece are beautiful woven.

Rylee Muskrat
Rylee Muskrat

April 09, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo!!! Love the birds and every detail of your artwork!

Jimmie Lynn McMillen
Jimmie Lynn McMillen

April 09, 2019

Love Jessica Harjo’s work!!!

Heidi D
Heidi D

April 09, 2019

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.

.Debra Rushfeldt
.Debra Rushfeldt

April 09, 2019

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.

Tina
Tina

April 09, 2019

Pat Bruderer has created some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. Great Job!

Mary Hammer
Mary Hammer

April 09, 2019

Semi finals! That’s amazing. Jessica Harjos submission is truly beautiful! This is so exciting! Go Jessica!

Keshia Belisle
Keshia Belisle

April 09, 2019

Jessica Powless!!! 😍😍

Robert E. Livingood
Robert E. Livingood

April 09, 2019

The Halfmoon Woman piece by Pat Bruderer is absolutely stunning!

Nicole
Nicole

April 09, 2019

Jessica Harjo! Beautiful design and colors! Love love love!

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson

April 09, 2019

Keen design by Jessica Harjo!

Renee Bobson
Renee Bobson

April 09, 2019

I admire Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s designs! She has my vote.

Amanda Spears
Amanda Spears

April 09, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo! Stunning.

Hugh Egener
Hugh Egener

April 09, 2019

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

Delia Hogan
Delia Hogan

April 09, 2019

Jessica Powless – what a creative color combination and design, this is something completely different and cutting edge! What a STELLAR design!

Delia Hogan
Delia Hogan

April 09, 2019

Jessica Powless – what a creative color combination and design, this is something completely different and cutting edge! What a STELLAR design!

Pamela M. Smith
Pamela M. Smith

April 09, 2019

All are lovely and unique, Geo Neptune’s design stands out for me

Stephanie Francis-Soctomah
Stephanie Francis-Soctomah

April 09, 2019

I vote for Geo Soctomah-Neptune’s design!

Alexa Day
Alexa Day

April 09, 2019

Harjo’s is definitely the winner!!

Jenn Runs Close To Lodge
Jenn Runs Close To Lodge

April 09, 2019

Jessica Harjo. Nuff said.

Sue Marcus
Sue Marcus

April 09, 2019

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!

Blythe George
Blythe George

April 09, 2019

Go Geo!!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL work!!!

Kala Ladenheim
Kala Ladenheim

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

Dayanara
Dayanara

April 01, 2019

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!

Rob Plaskett
Rob Plaskett

April 01, 2019

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.

MG
MG

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune! Students will gravitate towards this amazing design for their grad blankets! Next Powless! All are stunning designs.

Mary Young Bear
Mary Young Bear

April 01, 2019

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.

Tanya
Tanya

April 01, 2019

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

Bridget Herrera
Bridget Herrera

April 01, 2019

George Neptune!!!!!

Terry Berry
Terry Berry

April 01, 2019

Geo’s dressing is fantastic and would look amazing as a blanket!

Gail Gould
Gail Gould

April 01, 2019

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.

Denise
Denise

April 01, 2019

Pat Bruderer!

Melvin E Monette
Melvin E Monette

April 01, 2019

Jessica R Harjo! I like that it is a bit different from what is currently available.

Christina F.
Christina F.

April 01, 2019

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.

Anne Faugno
Anne Faugno

April 01, 2019

They are all beautiful – My vote is for Geo Neptune – Love it!!! <3

Marjorie Withers
Marjorie Withers

April 01, 2019

Geo’ s basket is absolutely my favorite. Their creativity and artistry are amazing. They are a winner in everway💜♥️💜

Sandra
Sandra

April 01, 2019

I would love to see Pat Bruderer/Half Moon Woman’s design in a blanket and it would look awesome with matching curtains.

Kerry Wood
Kerry Wood

April 01, 2019

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!

Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson

April 01, 2019

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.

karin
karin

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune… bringing it all together.

Peggy Sockalexis
Peggy Sockalexis

April 01, 2019

Geo all the way!!! Wonderful person and artist!! ❤️

Dyani White Hawk
Dyani White Hawk

April 01, 2019

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.

Betts
Betts

April 01, 2019

The rainbow. Geo Neptune.

Rochelle
Rochelle

April 01, 2019

Jessica Harjo! I love her soft beautiful peaceful designs.

Misty
Misty

April 01, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo!!! They are all so gorgeous but Harjo’s is my favourite.

Seana Mackeldey
Seana Mackeldey

April 01, 2019

All beautiful work!! I vote for Geo Neptune!!

Mikoo
Mikoo

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune Basket is inspiring.

Morgan Yandell
Morgan Yandell

April 01, 2019

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!!!

Blythe George
Blythe George

April 01, 2019

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!!

Blythe George
Blythe George

April 09, 2019

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!!

Daniela
Daniela

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune’s basket for sure! Wonderfully woven.

Susan Hinkel with Wooden Way Creations
Susan Hinkel with Wooden Way Creations

April 01, 2019

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!!

Jessica Ogden
Jessica Ogden

April 01, 2019

Pat Burderer
Wonderful piece. Love the balance.

Laren
Laren

April 01, 2019

It would be so cool to see the ancient art of Cree birch bark design on a wool blanket.

Emma
Emma

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune all the way!!!

Liz Limewood
Liz Limewood

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune does beautiful work! He has my vote.

Mary Klement
Mary Klement

April 01, 2019

Geo’s work is stunning. It’s a joy to see everything new that they create.

Mim Stanley
Mim Stanley

April 01, 2019

My vote is for Geo Neptune. Absolutely amazing!

Liz
Liz

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune’s basket is fabulous. I can envision being wrapped in a vibarant wool blanket with his beautiful design.

Kawenaa
Kawenaa

April 01, 2019

Jessica harjoe

Dale Powless
Dale Powless

April 01, 2019

Jessica Powless is an amazing Talented artist that tells the story with every design that she creates , absolutely stunning..

Darin Garnett
Darin Garnett

April 01, 2019

Birch biting, until last year i had no concept of such, simply stunning with or without lighting.

Glo
Glo

April 01, 2019

Geo Neptune is a beautiful artist who makes us proud!

Tracy Williams
Tracy Williams

April 01, 2019

Jessica Powless from Oneida Nation Wisconsin should def be one of the 4!
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Carole Revard
Carole Revard

April 01, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo – Beautiful design and such vibrant colors.

Chelsea Bryan
Chelsea Bryan

April 01, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s is so tight, keen and gives me so much joy just by looking at the colors and inversions

Angie Thurman Goodfox
Angie Thurman Goodfox

April 01, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo….her colors and designs are beautiful. I live how she incorporates her tribal designs in one beautiful piece of art.

Brenda
Brenda

April 01, 2019

Amazing artists but Pat’s birch bark biting is exquisite.

Agnes Toews-Andrews
Agnes Toews-Andrews

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.

Anthony S.
Anthony S.

March 30, 2019

All artists are extremely gifted! Jessica Rosemary Harjo shows fresh and modern design blended with traditional artistry advancing native expression!

Cyril Francis
Cyril Francis

March 30, 2019

All are beautiful, but I must vote for Geo Neptune!! Such an amazing artist who continues to impress me!

Frank Busch
Frank Busch

March 30, 2019

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.

Winona Tenasco
Winona Tenasco

March 30, 2019

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.

Fleurette
Fleurette

April 01, 2019

Love DAVID’s work!!

Jessica
Jessica

April 01, 2019

Jessica Harjo! Beautiful work, as always!

Hilary
Hilary

March 30, 2019

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.

Mandy
Mandy

April 01, 2019

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!

Kathy
Kathy

March 30, 2019

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.

Mitchell
Mitchell

March 30, 2019

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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