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Eighth Generation's 2021 Wool Blanket Design Contest is live!
Every week, we receive emails from highly skilled Indigenous artists interested in collaborating with us to design a wool blanket. As much as we are honored by this interest, we just aren’t able to say yes as often as we’d like to. In response to the high demand, the first wool blanket design contest was launched in 2017 and brought back again in 2019.
Now, the 2021 contest is our BIGGEST CONTEST TO DATE! See the details in the video below:
In the 2017 Blanket Design Contest, we produced two highly anticipated collaborations — the Tribute Wool Blanket with Jared Yazzie (Diné), founder of OXDX and the Confluence Wool Blanket with esteemed artist David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian). The 2019 Wool Blanket Design Contest produced one of our most popular blankets to date, the Remembrance Wool Blanket with Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township).
The beautiful Confluence Wool Blanket design by Tsimshian artist David Robert Boxley represents the powerful and inextricable connection between humans and the world around us. It also serves as a reminder of our responsibilities to care for it all.
"The salmon will only return if we are respectful and the earth will only allow us to stay if we live in balance with it," David says. "'Ni'nii wila loo łagigyedm ada 'ni'nii sgüü dm waalm. (That is what the ancestors did and that is what we should do)."
"I hope that the colors of the blanket, the warmth from its wool, and the ancient-but-new-again designs remind all that Wabanaki people are still here, our languages are still intact, our cultures and people have survived, and "kmihqihtahasultipon" – we, collectively, remember,” Geo says.
Visit the 2021 Wool Blanket Design Contest page HERE and spread the word to family, friends and artists! You can also Shop By Artist on our website to see the additional work from artists like Jared Yazzie (Diné), David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian) and Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township)!