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




61 Responses

Greg Skelly
Greg Skelly

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!

Jenna
Jenna

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune’s design hums and shines. It’s a body buzz of lines and color. Definitely stands out!

Samantha Domagala
Samantha Domagala

March 27, 2019

Wow the Pat Bruderer design is amazing! The calming and coziness would be great on a blanket!

Kanatihal Hill
Kanatihal Hill

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless’ work is an amazing and perfect mixture of creativity and culture. I love her work!!

Autumn Fitch
Autumn Fitch

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune

Brandon
Brandon

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune’s work is incredible! Would love to see this on a blanket!

Kathy Trenholm
Kathy Trenholm

March 27, 2019

I vote for Geo Neptune

Tammy
Tammy

March 27, 2019

Love love love Geo Neptune’s design and the artistry that is shown of his basket.

Jennifer
Jennifer

March 27, 2019

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.

Barbara  Sylliboy
Barbara Sylliboy

March 27, 2019

I just love Geo Neptune’s use of colour in his art. Can’t wait to see a blanket with his design

Kanani
Kanani

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️✊🏾

Jacqueline Raffle
Jacqueline Raffle

March 27, 2019

These are all stunning! Incredible designs! I am blown away by them all! Especially by Geo Neptune’s!

Bette Serris
Bette Serris

March 27, 2019

Such Beautiful Work, you all have the patients of saints.

Simon
Simon

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune!

I love all these, and would especially love to see that complexity of weaving and color become a blanket!

Jan
Jan

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune

Shawn
Shawn

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune

Dolly Barnes
Dolly Barnes

March 27, 2019

Luv the Geo design.

Jamie Bissonette Lewey
Jamie Bissonette Lewey

March 27, 2019

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.

David Shultz
David Shultz

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune is my choice.

Mary Dunn
Mary Dunn

March 27, 2019

All of these are so beautiful! Geo Neptune’s is just outstanding and breath taking.

Lilajane Sampson
Lilajane Sampson

March 27, 2019

kim, david and geo’s are my personal favorites

Renee Loring
Renee Loring

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune’s design is mesmerizing and inspiring. Looking at it makes me feel like I’ve been enveloped in a rainbow!

Lisa
Lisa

March 27, 2019

Neptune! Beautiful work!

Cassandra
Cassandra

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune!!

Dorothy Ninham
Dorothy Ninham

March 27, 2019

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!!

Sarah Rourke
Sarah Rourke

March 27, 2019

Jacobs and Neptune!! ❤️

Susan
Susan

March 27, 2019

While each is beautiful, the work by Geo Neptune is stellar!

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko

March 27, 2019

I vote for Geo Neptune!

Dawn Welsh
Dawn Welsh

March 27, 2019

From this group, my absolute favorite is Geo Neptune’s piece, with Kim Trujillo’s piece as a second favorite.

jaq nigg
jaq nigg

March 27, 2019

Wow! These are all seriously breathtaking, but my heart calls out for Geo Neptune’s artistry, vibrant colors and design.

Sierra Henries
Sierra Henries

March 27, 2019

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.

Monica
Monica

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune’s work is my favorite!

Ana Wallace
Ana Wallace

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune 100%
Always stunning work that would look AMAZING in a blanket!!!!

Diane
Diane

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune ..he is an awesome artist!

June sapiel
June sapiel

March 27, 2019

I love Geo Neptunes colors and designs!

Anita McCormick
Anita McCormick

March 27, 2019

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.

Judy Lola
Judy Lola

March 27, 2019

I’d like to vote for Geo Neptune!

Cathrine Snowman
Cathrine Snowman

March 27, 2019

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!

Robin Stone
Robin Stone

March 27, 2019

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!

Spork Pearson
Spork Pearson

March 27, 2019

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!

Saige Purser
Saige Purser

March 27, 2019

GEO NEPTUNE – PASSAMAQUODDY AT INDIAN TOWNSHIP

Lexi Mitchell
Lexi Mitchell

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune is my vote!

Martha Bassett
Martha Bassett

March 27, 2019

Geo neptune! ❤❤❤

Nikki dubord
Nikki dubord

March 27, 2019

Geo Neptune!!!!!!!!!

Rosa Francour
Rosa Francour

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless, the patterns and earth tones used in this piece give the viewer a symbolic connection to the natural world. Amazing!

Helen
Helen

March 27, 2019

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.

Virginia Peltier
Virginia Peltier

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless…felt a lot of strength

Amy Fischer Wms
Amy Fischer Wms

March 27, 2019

Love the vivid artistry of the Jessica Powless design!

Crystal Danforth
Crystal Danforth

March 27, 2019

Jessica powless’s piece i call a work of art. The colors bring out a story to me.

Trish Hernandez
Trish Hernandez

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless design piece is very engaging. Beautifully intertwined and touching.

Margaret Ellis
Margaret Ellis

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless’ design is amazing! I love the color selection and all the designs!

Tana Aguirre
Tana Aguirre

March 27, 2019

I love the rich tones and details of Jessica Powless’ design.

Lisa Latocha
Lisa Latocha

March 27, 2019

1. Ikerson Hopper
2. Jessica Powless

Shaleesa Danforth
Shaleesa Danforth

March 27, 2019

All of them are very beautiful. I vote Jessica Powless.

Nancy Pettigrew
Nancy Pettigrew

March 27, 2019

My preference is Jessica Rosemary Harjo. It is playful and fun.

Melinda
Melinda

March 27, 2019

Love Jessica Powless’ design!

Lisa King
Lisa King

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless has my vote!! Beatutiful work!!

Apache
Apache

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless’s piece is very original and would look amazing on an Eighth Generation blanket!

Tony
Tony

March 27, 2019

Jessica Powless’s unique symmetrical pattern with good color transition adds up to be a powerful design.

Sheena Danforth
Sheena Danforth

March 27, 2019

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!

L.L. Coleman
L.L. Coleman

March 27, 2019

Again, more fantastic work. 2 of these made my jaw drop: Geo Neptune’s and Okerson Hopper’s designs.

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