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 27, 2019
Pat’s designs are amazing! For anyone unaware – she makes these original pieces by biting birch bark with her teeth…some of the most spectacular art you will ever see.- breathtaking!
Geo Neptune’s design hums and shines. It’s a body buzz of lines and color. Definitely stands out!
Wow the Pat Bruderer design is amazing! The calming and coziness would be great on a blanket!
Jessica Powless’ work is an amazing and perfect mixture of creativity and culture. I love her work!!
Geo Neptune’s work is incredible! Would love to see this on a blanket!
I vote for Geo Neptune
Love love love Geo Neptune’s design and the artistry that is shown of his basket.
While brilliant colors and texture of Geo Neptune’s basket catch my eye first, it is the bold design of Ikerson Hopper that holds them. The bold straight lines and shapes are proud and powerful. The graceful waves and feathering add a sense of regalness. But what captivates me the most is the subtle background design. Combined with the foreground, Hoppers overall design is an exquisite feast for the visual senses.
I just love Geo Neptune’s use of colour in his art. Can’t wait to see a blanket with his design
Jessica Powless ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️✊🏾
These are all stunning! Incredible designs! I am blown away by them all! Especially by Geo Neptune’s!
Such Beautiful Work, you all have the patients of saints.
I love all these, and would especially love to see that complexity of weaving and color become a blanket!
Luv the Geo design.
Geo Neptune Soctomah ‘s work is stunning. The brilliant color and organic geometric form against the black background hold great promise for rendering a blanket.
Geo Neptune is my choice.
All of these are so beautiful! Geo Neptune’s is just outstanding and breath taking.
kim, david and geo’s are my personal favorites
Geo Neptune’s design is mesmerizing and inspiring. Looking at it makes me feel like I’ve been enveloped in a rainbow!
Neptune! Beautiful work!
I love all of the work of Jessica Powless! She has a lot of art featuring the feminine but all relating to our beautiful culture. She uses rich colors and has artwork that is very meaningful. We need to see more of her pieces!!
Jacobs and Neptune!! ❤️
While each is beautiful, the work by Geo Neptune is stellar!
I vote for Geo Neptune!
From this group, my absolute favorite is Geo Neptune’s piece, with Kim Trujillo’s piece as a second favorite.
Wow! These are all seriously breathtaking, but my heart calls out for Geo Neptune’s artistry, vibrant colors and design.
Geo Neptune is a teacher, entrepreneur, master basket weaver, and irreplaceable asset to the Wabanaki community and beyond. They are truly deserving of having their stunning artwork chosen as one of your blanket designs! -S.H.
Geo Neptune’s work is my favorite!
Geo Neptune 100%
Always stunning work that would look AMAZING in a blanket!!!!
Geo Neptune ..he is an awesome artist!
I love Geo Neptunes colors and designs!
I love all the wonderful work on display here! I especially like Geo Neptune’s colorful basket. The colors and design make it a truly amazing piece.
I’d like to vote for Geo Neptune!
George Neptune’s work is exquisite. His basketwork is gorgeous…. and, now blankets! What talent! George is from my home turf in Maine. Love seeing his success!
I have been in love with J.Powless’ designs for a long time and watching them evolve has been so amazing. Her color scheme and design would pop off a wool blanket!
I absolutely love Geo’s work. I’ve been following them for a long time and find myself in constant awe of their amazing skill. Go Geo!
GEO NEPTUNE – PASSAMAQUODDY AT INDIAN TOWNSHIP
Geo Neptune is my vote!
Geo neptune! ❤❤❤
Jessica Powless, the patterns and earth tones used in this piece give the viewer a symbolic connection to the natural world. Amazing!
Really love all of these, but particularly impressed with Jessica Powless’s design for the attention to detail, and how it seems to effortlessly weave masculinity and femininity together. It’s both strong and warm. I’m not an art critic, but from my (admittedly limited) experience, the most popular designs of Northeast Indigenous people seem to be of their floral designs. They’re typically much softer, so seeing a work that is still clearly rooted in that style/those cultures/that land, but also incorporates these sharper shapes/design is something that many of us from other areas haven’t been exposed to yet.
Jessica Powless…felt a lot of strength
Love the vivid artistry of the Jessica Powless design!
Jessica powless’s piece i call a work of art. The colors bring out a story to me.
Jessica Powless design piece is very engaging. Beautifully intertwined and touching.
Jessica Powless’ design is amazing! I love the color selection and all the designs!
I love the rich tones and details of Jessica Powless’ design.
1. Ikerson Hopper
2. Jessica Powless
All of them are very beautiful. I vote Jessica Powless.
My preference is Jessica Rosemary Harjo. It is playful and fun.
Love Jessica Powless’ design!
Jessica Powless has my vote!! Beatutiful work!!
Jessica Powless’s piece is very original and would look amazing on an Eighth Generation blanket!
Jessica Powless’s unique symmetrical pattern with good color transition adds up to be a powerful design.
Jessica’s (Oneida) artwork always is impressive! Her artistic detail and vibrant colors never disappoint. Her art is a reflection of her; bold, beautiful, and unique!
Again, more fantastic work. 2 of these made my jaw drop: Geo Neptune’s and Okerson Hopper’s designs.
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