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

Jaelyn Olsen
Jaelyn Olsen

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo!!!

Erica M.
Erica M.

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo! Love her color choices and the overall design is beautiful. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jordan
Jordan

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune because more rainbow everything.

Crystal
Crystal

March 29, 2019

All are beautiful and talented but my vote is for Ikerson!

Kelsey Long
Kelsey Long

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Ally Coffel
Ally Coffel

March 29, 2019

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.

Fern
Fern

March 29, 2019

All are beautiful but my favorite is Jessica Powless’ work. Absolutely stunning!

Tammy Lux
Tammy Lux

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo! The colors and design will be beautiful on a blanket. Happiness, fresh, beautiful colors.

Julie Redding
Julie Redding

March 29, 2019

GEO GEO GEO!

Jackie
Jackie

March 29, 2019

I love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s piece! Would make a perfect blanket design!

Kristin Gentry
Kristin Gentry

March 29, 2019

I love Jessica Harjo’s colors and bird imagery!!! Her art is beautiful and would be perfect for the blankets!

Jane Whitney
Jane Whitney

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune—magical.

Brenda Mitchell
Brenda Mitchell

March 29, 2019

Ooooooo. I love the detail & color’s in Geo Neptune’s Basket weave. Beautiful design. Tradition meets contemporary.

Shaina Snyder
Shaina Snyder

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo, such beautiful work!

Dana Lippitt
Dana Lippitt

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune’s work takes my breath away!

Karen Davis
Karen Davis

March 29, 2019

The vibrancy and awakening powers of Geo Neptune’s basket has my vote! Great job to all of the amazing artists!

Lisa
Lisa

March 29, 2019

I vote for Geo Neptune! Love that basket so beautiful!

Dee
Dee

March 29, 2019

Geo!!! Love love love

Ed E Bryant
Ed E Bryant

March 29, 2019

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.

Debbie Bostwick
Debbie Bostwick

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless!!!

Ilknur
Ilknur

March 29, 2019

I love the artwork by PAT BRUDERER. Biting birch bark with her teeth… This mystical kind of artwork has to be supported.

Carrielynn
Carrielynn

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune 🔥

Jennifer Powless
Jennifer Powless

March 29, 2019

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.

Ganishka Silverfox DANN
Ganishka Silverfox DANN

March 29, 2019

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.

Asa Concha
Asa Concha

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo has & does absolutely amazing artwork!! I Love the colors of the pieces submitted!!

Sidonie Cannon
Sidonie Cannon

March 29, 2019

My favorite colors are the pastels in Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s piece. Just gorgeous.

Heather Shotton
Heather Shotton

March 29, 2019

Absolutely love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work!

Don Warne
Don Warne

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Don Warne
Don Warne

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Robynn
Robynn

March 29, 2019

I vote Jessica Harjo’s design.

Mona Bear Hill
Mona Bear Hill

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo has my vote. Love the colors and the designs.

Rainey Faris
Rainey Faris

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Tara
Tara

March 29, 2019

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!!

Sherrie Brewer
Sherrie Brewer

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo, I love the colors in your design. Absolutely beautiful.

Dawn Chartrand
Dawn Chartrand

March 29, 2019

I vote Pat Bruderer – amazing work.

Marjorie F Withers
Marjorie F Withers

March 29, 2019

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.

Melissa
Melissa

March 29, 2019

I love the simple elegance of Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design and the beautiful combination of colors.

Loretta Yellowfish
Loretta Yellowfish

March 29, 2019

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.

Johnnie Jae
Johnnie Jae

March 29, 2019

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

Addie Hudgins
Addie Hudgins

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo!

Beverly Ukrainec
Beverly Ukrainec

March 29, 2019

Pat Bruderer… Wow stunning….would love to see a blanket in this design.

Robin Minthorn
Robin Minthorn

March 29, 2019

I love Jessica Moore Harjo’s design it is beautiful and represents strength and love intertwined. Beautiful.

Jewell Purcell
Jewell Purcell

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo
Always beautiful work!!

Eibel
Eibel

March 29, 2019

I would buy Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design in a heartbeat. It’s beautiful!

Graison Yellowfish
Graison Yellowfish

March 29, 2019

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.

Eden
Eden

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work is brilliant and beautiful!

Ash
Ash

March 29, 2019

In LOVE with Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design!

Noreen Demeria
Noreen Demeria

March 29, 2019

Pat Bruederer amazing connection to the land! Represents ancient work of our ancestors.

Robert Conrad
Robert Conrad

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo’s design is my favorite. So colorful and full of life!

Tyler Freele
Tyler Freele

March 29, 2019

I would absolutely love to see Pat Bruderer’s birch bark bitings on a blanket! So beautiful.

Lisa MahpiyaSka
Lisa MahpiyaSka

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless’ design is riveting and multi-layered… exquisitely so!

LeeAnn Ammons
LeeAnn Ammons

March 29, 2019

They are all quite Stunning! My vote goes to Jessica Rosemary Harjo. Her colors, overall design & birds , make me smile…Gorgeous.

Ana Warne
Ana Warne

March 30, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Ana Warne
Ana Warne

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Maylynn Riding In
Maylynn Riding In

March 30, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Maylynn Riding In
Maylynn Riding In

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo

Branden P
Branden P

March 29, 2019

Love Pat’s designs – have seen her work in person, she’s very talented 🙂

QMokiO
QMokiO

March 29, 2019

My vote goes to Jessica Rosemary Harjo!

Amy Ricketts-Slack
Amy Ricketts-Slack

March 29, 2019

Pat’s birch bark bitings are truly amazing pieces of art.

Thomas
Thomas

March 29, 2019

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

Beth Glasco
Beth Glasco

March 29, 2019

I love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s blanket. The symmetry and colors delight the senses. I hope she’s a winner!

Star Yellowfish
Star Yellowfish

March 29, 2019

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!! 💚💚💚

Ted Moore
Ted Moore

March 29, 2019

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..

Stephanie Stevens
Stephanie Stevens

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless is such a talented Oneida artist and her design is gorgeous. I would buy that design on anything!

Jonna Beartrack
Jonna Beartrack

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo

Karen Capuder
Karen Capuder

March 29, 2019

Yutlatakwas Jessica Powless’ work is powerful, grounded in teachings, and exquisite! Ioianere!!

Shawna Olson
Shawna Olson

March 29, 2019

JESSICA ROSEMARY HARJO 😍 Love the florals, cute birds and playful colors! Her designs are always so pretty, appropriate and well excecuted 🐤🌸

Tera Lee Flaman
Tera Lee Flaman

March 29, 2019

Pat Bruderer’s work is just stunning and be an outstanding choice!

Teresa Bledsoe
Teresa Bledsoe

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo’s design is vibrant with color and incorporates beautiful ribbon work! Way to go Jessica!!

Delina White
Delina White

March 29, 2019

I love the contemporary design and colors of Geo Neptune’s marvelous basket! I want a blanket made with this design!!!

Sean Edgecomb
Sean Edgecomb

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune’s basket is phenomenal. It gets my vote!

Chelsea Engle
Chelsea Engle

March 29, 2019

Jessica Harjo’s design did not disappoint, as usual! She consistently produces beautiful work!

Sasanehsaeh
Sasanehsaeh

March 29, 2019

I love Jessica Harjo’s design!

Mary Jo Pratt
Mary Jo Pratt

March 29, 2019

Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s work is amazing!

Neana Neptune
Neana Neptune

March 29, 2019

I love Geo Neptune’s vivid and color filled basket weave design. I vote for Geo Neptune. (No relation)

Susan
Susan

March 29, 2019

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!

Sheryl Charging Whirlwind
Sheryl Charging Whirlwind

March 29, 2019

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

Linda Eryou
Linda Eryou

March 29, 2019

Par bruderer

Lorenda Wanda Long
Lorenda Wanda Long

March 29, 2019

Love, love, love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design. Very well depiction of nature with beautiful colors. Got my vote!!

Amanda Spears
Amanda Spears

March 29, 2019

I absolutely love Jessica Rosemary Harjo’s design, the colors are beautiful.

C. W. Tucker
C. W. Tucker

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless’ intricate & cleverly colored design has my vote. That could be used in such s variety of ways, in whole or in part.

TASHINA RED HAIL
TASHINA RED HAIL

March 29, 2019

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

Phyllis Sabattis
Phyllis Sabattis

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune!

Dawna
Dawna

March 29, 2019

Geo Soctomah’s patterns and designs bring life to his art. What an amazing blanket his design would makeM

Kathy Supernaw
Kathy Supernaw

March 29, 2019

Voting for Jessica Harjo. Love her pastel colors and delicate design.

Contreta
Contreta

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless has always had such beautiful work, her designs and colors are always so breathtaking and meaningful. ♥️

J. Bullard
J. Bullard

March 29, 2019

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.

Lisa Saunders
Lisa Saunders

March 29, 2019

George Neptune’s work continually amazes, humbles and inspires me…

Kathy Mitchell
Kathy Mitchell

March 29, 2019

Love the vibrant colors

Reuben
Reuben

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless has the originality needed to get people’s attention.

Molly parker
Molly parker

March 29, 2019

Love Geo’s basket weave.

Reuben
Reuben

March 29, 2019

Jessica Powless

Alex P
Alex P

March 29, 2019

WoW…def Jessica Powless…WOW her work is amazing. Love the colors

Cathy Burton
Cathy Burton

March 29, 2019

Geo Neptune, please.

J. R. Robinson
J. R. Robinson

March 29, 2019

Love Geo Neptune’s design

Brenda Davidson
Brenda Davidson

March 29, 2019

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!

Michelle Tracy
Michelle Tracy

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.

Stephanie Skenandore
Stephanie Skenandore

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless

Nicole Lariviere
Nicole Lariviere

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune all the way baby!!!

Myke Johnson
Myke Johnson

March 27, 2019

Love Geo Neptune’s work!

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