November 12, 2017
"There is a great demand for cultural art in today’s market, with everything from clothing to home goods and jewelry featuring Native American-inspired designs. Unfortunately, the majority of these products are counterfeit, using appropriated designs by non-Native artists. Now, Louie Gong is reclaiming his heritage through Eighth Generation, a company that merges the traditional works of Native artists with a modern aesthetic. " - The Great Big Story
Our scrappy little company is very proud of the short video published by CNN's The Great Big Story last week. In addition to telling the Eighth Generation story, this piece will help inform hundreds of thousands - maybe millions - of people about the economic consequences of counterfeit Native art. With this message in mind, we believe customers will be more likely to choose to support Inspired Natives, not "Native-inspired" -- and that will lead to an increase in opportunities for all Native artists and art entrepreneurs.
Here are a few cell phone snaps from behind the scenes:
Jorge demonstrates how our phone cases are assembled at our Seattle studios. Putting tiny abalone veneer inlays together with a CNN videographer looking over your shoulder isn't easy!
Avery demonstrates how our jewelry is assembled, as Jorge and Kendra get ready for their turn on camera.
Jorge showcases the gritty side of our work as he puts the finishing touches on wood cases at the spray booth.
Avery models the new Guardians blanket. A little smaller than our other wool blankets, it's the first offering in our new "Journey Blanket" series.
Kim (behind the blanket) shows off the Tree of Life blanket we designed and produced for the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomie. It's one of many custom blanket projects that we've completed for tribes and organizations over the past two years.
Check out the video and let us know what you think!
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November 30, 2017
We know that the support of our community helped get us where we are today. It's with this in mind that - as a small part of our broader giving - we promised to return 5% of profit from our retail blanket sales to the community in the form of "Inspired Natives Grants".
November 17, 2017
Eighth Generation is excited to welcome a limited-time Pop Up shop located in its Pike Place Market store, in collaboration with the popular social media project Vanishing Seattle. #VanishingSeattle documents the displaced and disappearing institutions, small businesses, homes, and communities of Seattle – and celebrates the history and cultures that gave our city its soul.
September 28, 2017
Two years ago when Eighth Generation launched wool blankets, we promised that 5% of our blanket profits would go towards Inspired Natives Grants. In addition the $80k+ we've contributed over the past two years in support of everything from nonprofit organizations to cultural events to family celebrations, we are very proud to fulfill that promise with the launch of our Inspired Natives grant program. We encourage you to review the basic requirements below and share them with the Inspired Natives in your life!
Eighth Generation by Louie Gong