Calling Coast Salish Textile Designers

Our small business is proud to offer multiple public art opportunities during a time when such opportunities are exceedingly rare. 

Danielle Morsette (Suquamish) at work.

About the Hobson Place Project

Last year, Eighth Generation Founder Louie Gong (Nooksack) was approached by Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) about a public art opportunity at Hobson Place, a supportive housing and health clinic for formerly homeless individuals. We want to share this opportunity with those that deserve it most - Coast Salish textile designers. 

We are seeking collaboration with four Coast Salish textile artists to create large-scale, 2-dimensional artwork for Hobson's Place Residence and Clinic.  Together, we will help increase visibility for Coast Salish art and culture in the Seattle area. 

Working from selected artists' images of prior artwork, the Eighth Generation design team will work closely with each artist to create large 2-dimensional, full color artworks based on traditional weaving.  The art will be printed to various substrates, including aluminum panels, and then professionally installed at the Hobson Place Residence and Clinic, which is adjacent to high-traffic Rainier Avenue. 

Emphasis on Collaboration

Hobson Place Residence and Clinic is a new housing complex with an embedded health care clinic.  While our goal is to feature textile design, we plan to incorporate secondary design elements that symbolize the themes of security and healing. This may include medicinal plants or animals. With this in mind, the artists should be prepared to work in collaboration with the Eighth Generation design team.

Selection Criteria

In addition to sharing our enthusiasm for highlighting Coast Salish art and culture, successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled with a tribe in the Coast Salish region
  • Able to present images of an established body of original work 
  • Able to demonstrate a history of community engagement 
  • Able to ensure accurate cultural representation 
  • Excited about collaborating with Eighth Generation to create large scale, 2-dimensional artwork.
  • Willing to compromise in order to create artwork that compliments the established architecture and color scheme.
  • Willing to compromise in order to achieve a cohesive look and feel throughout the building. 


  • Due to tight timelines, we are not asking artists to create new work.
  • We require images of existing work, as well as a commitment to the collaborative process.  This will include numerous cycles of review and feedback with the Eighth Generation design team.
  • Chosen artists will be expected to attend an opening event.


  • Each artist will be paid $7,000 upon successful completion of the project as defined in the artist agreement.

Dates to Remember

  • Application materials due by June 26th, 2020
  • Artist selected by July 2nd, 2020
  • Projects to be completed by July 31st, 2020

How to Apply

  • Email a letter of interest addressing the the above selection criteria 
  • Email 5 images of completed projects to
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