Native Owned Eighth Generation Announces $30,000 Prize Fund For Wool Blanket Design Contest

Call for three artists to help Eighth Generation design three wool blankets.  

Seattle, WA — Eighth Generation, owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe, is announcing the 2021 Wool Blanket Design Contest – the largest one ever. With a prize fund of approximately $30,000, the contest will generate economic opportunities for three separate Native artists. The contest video details how each artist can design a wool blanket for one of three categories:

  1. WARRIOR BLANKET – to honor people who have sacrificed for our way of life.
  2. ELDER’S BLANKET – to honor those who laid the groundwork for future generations.
  3. PEOPLE’S CHOICE BLANKET – to be designed by a community engaged artist.

The contest information page details how artists from the United States and Canada are encouraged to submit existing work that best represents their talents. Artists are not asked to create new work. Submissions for the Warrior Blanket and the Elder’s Blanket will be reviewed by advisory committees while the People’s Choice Blanket will rely heavily on input from Eighth Generation’s growing social media platforms.

Eighth Generation Owner, Louie Gong, Brainstorming with staff. Photo Credit: Eighth Generation

Our third contest will be an unparalleled virtual gathering of Native artistic talent,” Serene Lawrence (Ojibwe/Hopi), Eighth Generation’s Chief Operations Officer recently stated.In addition to selecting 3 winners, we will dedicate our resources to highlighting as many Artist submissions as possible. The contest is our way of sharing our success with the community.”

Past contest winners include David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian), Jared Yazzie (Diné) of OXDX, and Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy at Indian Township), who have all gone on to create additional products with Eighth Generation after their wool blankets launched.

The deadline for contest entries is July 6, 2021. Eighth Generation will feature art submissions on their growing social platform. Winner Announcements anticipated in August 2021.

More information can be found on Eighth Generation’s Contest Page:

Eighth Generation is a Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. Founded in 2008, when Louie Gong (Nooksack) — an artist, activist, and educator widely known for merging traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his urban environment to make strong statements about identity — started customizing shoes in his living room. Now the first Native-owned company to ever produce wool blankets — with a flagship retail store in Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market — Eighth Generation is a proud participant in the global economy.

Eighth Generation provides a strong, ethical alternative to “Native-inspired” art and products through its artist-centric approach and 100% Native designed products. Our Inspired Natives™ Project, anchored by the tagline Inspired Natives™, not “Native-inspired,” builds business capacity among cultural artists while addressing the economic impact of cultural appropriation.

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