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

Gina Buenrostro
Gina Buenrostro

March 30, 2019

Jessica Powless, love the colors, design, the whole concept, reminds me of our Ancestors!

Eric Otter Bacon
Eric Otter Bacon

March 30, 2019

Geo Neptune’s basket design is outstanding! Woven basket designs often transfer well when printed onto fabrics too.

JARID
JARID

March 30, 2019

Jessica Harjo! Good goood!

Sheri Watson
Sheri Watson

March 30, 2019

Jessica harjo…pat bruderer…choose 1…..itd have to be pat bruderer

Sheri Watson
Sheri Watson

March 30, 2019

Pat bruderer…jessica powless..stunning and marketable…if i had to choose…1…..jessica powless

Dawn Neptune Adams
Dawn Neptune Adams

March 29, 2019

Geo’s basket is Fabanaki fabulous.

Cass
Cass

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune!!!!

Mary JACOBS
Mary JACOBS

March 29, 2019

Ike Hopper – beautiful design

Edward
Edward

March 29, 2019

love your work halfmoon/pat

mona
mona

March 29, 2019

Love your work pat.

January Phetsacksith
January Phetsacksith

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

krittur
krittur

March 30, 2019

The basket by Geo Neptune is amazing! It feels like it’s representative of Two Spirit in a classic Wabanaki weaving design. The fact that Geo is Two Spirit and a master weaver just makes it even better!

Heather Ford
Heather Ford

March 30, 2019

George Neptune!!!!

Jennifer Pictou
Jennifer Pictou

April 09, 2019

My vote is for Geo Neptune! I love their artwork and the color schemes are amazing.

Madeline Gamblin-Walker
Madeline Gamblin-Walker

April 09, 2019

I really appreciate all of the creative people out there. Pat Bruderer, thank you for keeping ancient art of birch bark biting alive and so beautifully done!

Sherry
Sherry

April 09, 2019

Geo Neptune! Use of color is amazing—so vivid and so well balanced

Graehl Brooks
Graehl Brooks

April 09, 2019

I can’t decide between two (again!). The artwork is so amazing. Both of the submissions by Jessica Rosemary Harjo and David Naranjo are superb! Harjo’s design would make a great gift for a wedding or baby. It is so cheerful and sweet which really exudes love and new beginnings. Naranjo’s design contrasts many things. I see lightness and darkness, fine intricacy and bold pattern, possibly earth and sky. I’m so impressed with the artwork this year!

Sherry Soctomah
Sherry Soctomah

April 09, 2019

I vote for Geo Neptune!!!

Corinne
Corinne

April 09, 2019

Love the dragonfly and burnt edges Pat Bruderer.

Sandy Leybold
Sandy Leybold

April 09, 2019

Geo Neptune, Powless, Trujillo

Tawoma Martinez
Tawoma Martinez

April 09, 2019

Geo is a wonderful being & creates wonderfully mystical work representing the balanced persons. It would be Awesome to see Geos’ design’s on a blanket ♡

Alahna M Roach
Alahna M Roach

April 09, 2019

Geo Neptune! Refracted and reflected rainbows in four directions!

J A Henry
J A Henry

March 29, 2019

Ikerson Hopper’s work is first rate. full of subtlies as you look at it more and more
Kim Trujillo’s belts and layout just astonish and inspire. I see design ideas that I, as a regalia maker, hand’t even pictured; it’s wonderful
Finally, while all the works here are truly exceptional and Jessica Powless’ work is rich and layered, it is David Naranjo’s clean simplicity and referal back to Pueblo mantas tha is my personal favourite.
Wado, thank you for asking us!

Laurence Marie
Laurence Marie

March 29, 2019

Incredible pieces, all of them but I’m partial to David Naranjo’s blanket! Just stunning!!!

Nancy
Nancy

March 29, 2019

JESSICA POWLESS 💜💜

Sarah paterson
Sarah paterson

April 09, 2019

Geo Neptune

,Carmelita Childers
,Carmelita Childers

March 29, 2019

I am so impressed with Jessica Moore Harjo’s design, her work is so unique and the colors are beautiful.

Elias Her Many Horses
Elias Her Many Horses

March 29, 2019

Kim R Trujillo awesome designs and colors!

e
e

March 29, 2019

I also wanted to cast a #2 vote – it’s true, David Naranjo’s is also a great blanket design! There is a great sensibility about just that, blanket design, but is really…evolved, super fresh while keeping that traditional root, and something you couldn’t really weave, so it’s perfect for an 8th Gen blanket. Also love the use of neg/pos space like Kim said…which also creates such a pleasing palette!! Love the simple but standout colors, including the black and white. Would seriously consider buying. I put Ikerson Hopper’s first for these and the other reasons mentioned, but objectively I think both are stellar designs. Don’t know the background behind the art but maybe whomever has the more original design? Sorry for the long comments!! Thanks for asking us for our thoughts!

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e

March 29, 2019

Okay so this vote is definitely from a customer who doesn’t personally know the entrants!!
Here: Ikerson Hopper’s design – NO DOUBT. Yes, full-on dope. Plus, to me it’s the most fully-realized blanket design, specifically for this, not for another piece of artwork, as beautiful as some of the others designed as something else are. And the black-and-white works for this design so perfectly, as it does for your other b&w designs. The design is so powerful and says something deep. I’m only slightly biased for wanting a Haudenosaunee design, but I say that not just for myself but b/c I would totally buy this, and it would make sense to keep broadening representation! (I think it would also appeal to other customers too, not just 6nations peeps!)

As for the other group, I vote for the Karuk deisgn! Similar reasons…it’s the best blanket design (as much as I dig the colors of a few of the others, is fresh as heck color-wise using both traditional and kinda updated design sensibility, and it looks like he designed it specifically for this contest and not something else. I also think business-wise this would sell really well as it’s simply a great blanket to live with! (something I’m considering, since sometimes a sweet design isn’t meant for all objects!) Also great to rep Cali ndns!

Katrina Her Many Horses
Katrina Her Many Horses

March 30, 2019

Kim Trujillo’s belts! They’re truly amazing and they last a very long time 🙏🏽🙌🏽❤️

Erlidawn
Erlidawn

April 09, 2019

Beautiful belts by Kim R. Trujillo. Each belt uniquely designed with mastery and skill.

F. Quinata
F. Quinata

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo creation is beautiful and innovative!!!

RaChelle jaramillo
RaChelle jaramillo

March 29, 2019

Jessica harjo,
I hope her design is chosen for a wool blanket. I would love to purchase one possible two for my daughters. The design and colors are gorgeous.

Lauren
Lauren

March 29, 2019

The color palettes and designs of Geo or Jessica would be unique additions to your existing range of blankets. Love bright color!

Helen York
Helen York

March 29, 2019

Love Geo Neptune’s basket and KIM R TRUJILLO ’s work too!

Christine Tomic
Christine Tomic

March 29, 2019

Pat Bruderer
Wow it amazes me how one can design an art piece with her method.
To me that says pure conscious imprint of the beauty of our creator essence.
Her work is so detailed and precise. Truly a vibration that will be felt through any textile.
Thank you

Rebecca Aldrich
Rebecca Aldrich

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune!
David Naranjo!

Lynda Tamasi
Lynda Tamasi

March 29, 2019

Pat’s imagery reflects love, beauty, honour…a blanket with her work would be amazing,

Donald
Donald

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune all the way!!

Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak
Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak

March 29, 2019

I have one of Pat’s Birch Bark bitings. People comment on it’s uniqueness all the time. This is a beautiful and rare art form. It would be fantastic to see this piece chosen.

Emma Soctomah
Emma Soctomah

March 29, 2019

I vote for Geo Neptune!! 💜💙❤️

Annette
Annette

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design is exquisite. ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Kristen
Kristen

March 29, 2019

IKERSON HOPPER! The design is so intricate and it’s like no other blanket currently being sold on Eighth Generation. I love it!

Coleman stevens
Coleman stevens

March 29, 2019

Jessica powless ! Great work

Coleman stevens
Coleman stevens

March 29, 2019

Jessica powless ! Great work

Cathy
Cathy

March 29, 2019

I absolutely love Pat Bruderer’s exquisite birch bark biting. Her work is precise and from a traditional indigenous art form that is specific and rare in artists. Her submission is not only unique but one can see the connection to a lived experience of indigenous ways of knowing and her birch bark canvas Honord the land.

Lainie Maker
Lainie Maker

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo!

I love the use of color in her design. The diamonds on the little birdies are my favorite!

Dani Na'Fey
Dani Na'Fey

March 29, 2019

Navarro uses color beautifully, & would likely do a beautifully colorful blanket as well. I also like Harjo’s colors and designs a lot. But I think I’d really love to see a blanket by Bruderer. While her submitted piece is small, there is just so much there! Dragonflys are important in my life too, showing up at times when I need guidance.

Elizabeth Tessier
Elizabeth Tessier

March 29, 2019

The two Jessicas get my vote, I would love to see the blankets they would create.

Jeannie Grant
Jeannie Grant

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune has my vote!. He’s a fantastic artist and this is a breathtaking basket. I just love the colors, shape & design.

Trish Stevens
Trish Stevens

March 29, 2019

Wow Pat Brueders birch bark bitings would look amazing on a blanket love them

carey sinclair
carey sinclair

March 29, 2019

pat birch bark biting is beautiful..keeping the art alive and the story that goes with it is impressive.

Marly Fixico-Hardison
Marly Fixico-Hardison

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo’s design is the definition of keen!

KATHRYN LAROQUE
KATHRYN LAROQUE

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless’s design is perfect for a blanket!

Ireney Miller
Ireney Miller

March 29, 2019

JESSICA ROSEMARY HARJO
Your work is winner in my book!
Color and Birds!
Ding! ding! ding!

EJ Seibs
EJ Seibs

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune’s basket. The color and weave are stunning.

Cheryl Powless
Cheryl Powless

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless her art is just amazing, always tells a story about culture and traditions…Absolutely beautiful !

Cheryl Powless
Cheryl Powless

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless her art is just amazing, always tells a story about culture and traditions…Absolutely beautiful !

Cheryl Powless
Cheryl Powless

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless her art is just amazing, always tells a story about culture and traditions…Absolutely beautiful !

Karen Ashton
Karen Ashton

March 29, 2019

David Naranjo

Sonia Little
Sonia Little

March 29, 2019

Love all the work, but Geo Neptune’s work is so amazing 💙!!!

Laura Warren
Laura Warren

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless’ art transcends any one Nation— I’d love to see any of her work featured on a blanket.

Peril Huff
Peril Huff

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Cherilyn P.
Cherilyn P.

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless!

Mg
Mg

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless!!

Shana Hormann
Shana Hormann

March 29, 2019

I love Geo and Jessica’s works. All are stunning!

SIMAR
SIMAR

March 29, 2019

The colors and design of JESSICA ROSEMARY HARJO’s piece are so fresh

Dillon
Dillon

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo is so gifted and I love her work!

Sierra
Sierra

March 29, 2019

First off, I love how Ikerson Hopper’s design was so breathtaking that the Studio Assistant was limited to saying that it was, “So dope”. And secondly, I love how powerful his designs are on the top and are followed by a subtle, yet still strong, design underneath. Definitely an eye catcher!

Phil
Phil

March 29, 2019

I’m really into Geo Neptune, David Naranjo, and Jessica Harjo.

Amy Graham
Amy Graham

March 29, 2019

These are so remarkably beautiful. Each has it’s own personality. Difficult to choose.

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson

March 29, 2019

This one is tough…

1-Hopper
2-Harjo
3-Naranjo
4-Powless
5-Neptune

TurquoiseBlu
TurquoiseBlu

March 29, 2019

WOW!! Tough decision………I choose Geo Neptune as it took my breath away with its colorful beauty.

Lynne Engman
Lynne Engman

March 29, 2019

David A. Naranjo—- love the division in the design…simple and complex at the same time. Colors are pure and calming.

Jada Hopper
Jada Hopper

March 29, 2019

Ikerson Hopper

Ben Ratlaff
Ben Ratlaff

March 29, 2019

David Naranjo – Santa Clara Pueblo

Heather Friedli
Heather Friedli

March 30, 2019

Kim R Trujillo – Taos Pueblo

Heather Friedli
Heather Friedli

March 29, 2019

Kim R Trujillo – Taos Pueblo

Denise Davis
Denise Davis

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune Awesome! They are all so very beautiful. What a beautiful collection of great artists.

Becky Bailey
Becky Bailey

March 29, 2019

Beautiful work by all of the artists! My vote is for Geo Neptune.

Angele
Angele

March 29, 2019

GEO GEO GEO ♡♡♡♡

Becka Gagne
Becka Gagne

March 29, 2019

So. Much. Talent. But Geo, the love and light on that basket.
Geo!

Catrina Bhatty
Catrina Bhatty

March 29, 2019

I love the unique and very detailed design Jessica Powless’ artwork has.

Leona Bonneau
Leona Bonneau

March 29, 2019

Love your work Pat Bruderer

Mary Webster
Mary Webster

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless..what beautiful detail and colors

Mary Webster
Mary Webster

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless..why beautiful detail and colors

Brittany Sockabasin
Brittany Sockabasin

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune ❤️

Georgy
Georgy

March 29, 2019

I love Pat Bruderer’s birch bark bitings.. What an incredible talent!

Brittany
Brittany

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune ❤️

Amanda
Amanda

March 29, 2019

Pat Bruderer/half moon woman.
That design is beautiful. It would look amazing on a blanket, on T-shirts, in a mural, or as a stand alone piece.

Vivian
Vivian

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune has my vote.

Nicholas Grzymala
Nicholas Grzymala

March 29, 2019

Ikerson Hopper – Onondaga Nation

Love the Black and Gold designs. Easily my favorite.

Susan Dickson-Smith
Susan Dickson-Smith

March 29, 2019

They’re all beautiful… but Geo’s design is breathtaking! Geo Neptune definitely gets my vote.

Ana Rapp
Ana Rapp

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

March 29, 2019

Between the 2 posts I would need 4 votes. Ha…
The samples provided for Darby Raymond-Overstreet, Geo Neptune, Pat Bruderer, and Ikerson Hopper all stood out for me.
But ultimately, if I really have to pick just one: Geo.

pokan dîné
pokan dîné

March 29, 2019

beautyful and radiante good vibes of your soul ! GO ! Jessica Arjo !

Sam Bruderer
Sam Bruderer

March 29, 2019

My auntie Pat has worked hard to preserve the ancient art of birch biting. Her work is always thoughtful, full of heart & history and displayed across the world. So very proud of her.

Jane Perrier Harris
Jane Perrier Harris

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo!

Sherri Mitchell
Sherri Mitchell

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune! Not only is Geo’s work stunning, but their message is critically important for our youth.Since blankets are often given as honoring gifts, there needs to be a two-spirit Eighth Generation blanket, to send a message that it’s not just ok to be two-spirit, but it’s ok to celebrate and honor two-spirit family, friends and community members.

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