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
March 29, 2019
Jessica Harjo! Love her color choices and the overall design is beautiful. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Geo Neptune because more rainbow everything.
All are beautiful and talented but my vote is for Ikerson!
Jessica Rosemary Harjo
Jessica Rosemary Harjo has my vote. I love the ribbonwork, the womens pins, the beadwork designs, the birds, and the colors she has used. A beautiful vibrant design.
All are beautiful but my favorite is Jessica Powless’ work. Absolutely stunning!
Jessica Rosemary Harjo! The colors and design will be beautiful on a blanket. Happiness, fresh, beautiful colors.
GEO GEO GEO!
I love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s piece! Would make a perfect blanket design!
I love Jessica Harjo’s colors and bird imagery!!! Her art is beautiful and would be perfect for the blankets!
Ooooooo. I love the detail & color’s in Geo Neptune’s Basket weave. Beautiful design. Tradition meets contemporary.
Jessica Harjo, such beautiful work!
Geo Neptune’s work takes my breath away!
The vibrancy and awakening powers of Geo Neptune’s basket has my vote! Great job to all of the amazing artists!
I vote for Geo Neptune! Love that basket so beautiful!
Geo!!! Love love love
Pat Bruderer is a very unique person who has been able to keep the birch biting taditions alive + well, traveling all over the world showing these amazing skills. I have a piece here from her, very nicely done, to see it in person is amazing, but to see it on a blanket, WOW!
Lugwil aam gabin Pat, ada saamth waan txani gyget.
I love the artwork by PAT BRUDERER. Biting birch bark with her teeth… This mystical kind of artwork has to be supported.
Geo Neptune 🔥
The colors are fabulous and so intertwined with each other. But the the detail on Jessica Powless deign is remarkable because I love her story she tells in her art work.
Pat work is unbelievable she taches Birch Bark Biting and works with art and stories to teach children what people our people for thousands and thousand years All my Relations.
Jessica Harjo has & does absolutely amazing artwork!! I Love the colors of the pieces submitted!!
My favorite colors are the pastels in Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s piece. Just gorgeous.
Absolutely love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work!
I vote Jessica Harjo’s design.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo has my vote. Love the colors and the designs.
The Ancient art of birch bark biting is AMAZING!@ only a handful of artists still do this and Pat Bruderer’s beautiful designs would look so great on a wool blanket. What a perfect collaboration and way to bring birch bark biting artistry to a wider audience. I would absolutely buy a blanket that has birch bark design on it!!! In fact, do a series….one for each season….I would buy 4!!
Jessica Rosemary Harjo, I love the colors in your design. Absolutely beautiful.
I vote Pat Bruderer – amazing work.
Geo’s incredible design is magical and dramatic. His work shines showing his talent and his incredible heart. He is an artist and an inspiration.
I love the simple elegance of Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design and the beautiful combination of colors.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo incorporates traditional designs from her diverse tribal backgrounds with fresh depictions of the complex balance of masculinity in the Osage ribbon work borders with the femininity of the Otoe floral designs. The palate of bright colors allow the surface designs to pop, while close inspection provides a glimpse at the ongoing complexity of the fundamental basis of the Osage design as mirror to Harjo’s own upbringing. The design is both genius and beautiful just like Harjo.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design is so pretty and the colors absolutely fantastic. I’m also partial because I love the Otoe-Missouria inspired elements
Pat Bruderer… Wow stunning….would love to see a blanket in this design.
I love Jessica Moore Harjo’s design it is beautiful and represents strength and love intertwined. Beautiful.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo
Always beautiful work!!
I would buy Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design in a heartbeat. It’s beautiful!
Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work is a beautiful representation of Otoe, Osage, Pawnee, and Sac and Fox traditions. I would be proud to own it.
Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work is brilliant and beautiful!
In LOVE with Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design!
Pat Bruederer amazing connection to the land! Represents ancient work of our ancestors.
Jessica Harjo’s design is my favorite. So colorful and full of life!
I would absolutely love to see Pat Bruderer’s birch bark bitings on a blanket! So beautiful.
Jessica Powless’ design is riveting and multi-layered… exquisitely so!
They are all quite Stunning! My vote goes to Jessica Rosemary Harjo. Her colors, overall design & birds , make me smile…Gorgeous.
March 30, 2019
Love Pat’s designs – have seen her work in person, she’s very talented 🙂
My vote goes to Jessica Rosemary Harjo!
Pat’s birch bark bitings are truly amazing pieces of art.
I have been following Jessica Powless and the beautiful art she has shared with all who appreciate her amazing talent.
As a hometown boy from near Oneida nation (WI) I have been dazzled by the power of the symbolism shared through the artists visions.
I am honored to vote for Jessica’s work
I love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s blanket. The symmetry and colors delight the senses. I hope she’s a winner!
My favorite is Jessica Harjo’s piece!! The colors pop, the floral designs are universal and birds are wonderful creatures who have always played an important role in Indigenous People’s history! My vote is for Jessica Harjo!! 💚💚💚
Jessica Rosemary Harjo..the layers of warm colors of reds with the layers of cool green colors compliments nicely within her entire art work. The designs within expresses her connection to her strong tribal cultural heritage. Overall, her art is very beautiful..
Jessica Powless is such a talented Oneida artist and her design is gorgeous. I would buy that design on anything!
Yutlatakwas Jessica Powless’ work is powerful, grounded in teachings, and exquisite! Ioianere!!
JESSICA ROSEMARY HARJO 😍 Love the florals, cute birds and playful colors! Her designs are always so pretty, appropriate and well excecuted 🐤🌸
Pat Bruderer’s work is just stunning and be an outstanding choice!
Jessica Harjo’s design is vibrant with color and incorporates beautiful ribbon work! Way to go Jessica!!
I love the contemporary design and colors of Geo Neptune’s marvelous basket! I want a blanket made with this design!!!
Geo Neptune’s basket is phenomenal. It gets my vote!
Jessica Harjo’s design did not disappoint, as usual! She consistently produces beautiful work!
I love Jessica Harjo’s design!
Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work is amazing!
I love Geo Neptune’s vivid and color filled basket weave design. I vote for Geo Neptune. (No relation)
Pat Bruderer! You have to see her pieces in real life. Birch Bark biting…. seriously wow! The work, patience, design and all using her teeth. She must be the top contender!
I love Jessica Powless artwork, it is bold, beautiful and colorful. Her work is her own design of her life experiences and at the same time represents her nation. Jessica’s art would be beautiful on a wool blanket
Love, love, love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design. Very well depiction of nature with beautiful colors. Got my vote!!
I absolutely love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design, the colors are beautiful.
Jessica Powless’ intricate & cleverly colored design has my vote. That could be used in such s variety of ways, in whole or in part.
Voting for my home town girl Yutlatakwas (Jessica) Powless!! Her work is absolutely stunning and you can never go wrong with her. Good luck to everyone :D
Geo Soctomah’s patterns and designs bring life to his art. What an amazing blanket his design would makeM
Voting for Jessica Harjo. Love her pastel colors and delicate design.
Jessica Powless has always had such beautiful work, her designs and colors are always so breathtaking and meaningful. ♥️
Pat Bruderer works in an ancient, yet little known art form that existed among all first nations where the white birch grows in North America. Birch Birch Biting has often been used to transfer patterns on to hide or cloth for use in beadwork, quill work, and quilting patterns. Pat’s technical mastery of this demanding art form and her artistry have captured the heart this reader. To see more works of BBB, check out Pinterest.
George Neptune’s work continually amazes, humbles and inspires me…
Love the vibrant colors
Jessica Powless has the originality needed to get people’s attention.
Love Geo’s basket weave.
WoW…def Jessica Powless…WOW her work is amazing. Love the colors
Geo Neptune, please.
Love Geo Neptune’s design
Love Halfmoon Woman’s birch bark biting! Not only is she super talented but shares her knowledge with our youth to ensure that this ancient art form will not be lost!
March 27, 2019
I love Pat Bruderer’s birch bark bitings. The shades of light shining through give the biting the vibrancy of life. To see or wrap oneself in a blanket in a design like this would not only be stunning but a grounding to the earth.
Geo Neptune all the way baby!!!
Love Geo Neptune’s work!
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