Eighth Generation Artist Announcement
Doyon, Limited has partnered with Eighth Generation to have custom blankets created.
What is Eighth Generation?
Eighth Generation is, “a Native-owned and operated company based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2008 when Louie Gong (Nooksack) 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. Through the Inspired Natives Project, Eighth Generation creates opportunities for cultural artists who, like Louie a short 8 years ago, struggle to meet demand for their handmade cultural art. To learn more about Eighth Generation, visit their website here.
Take a peek Inside the Eighth Generation Studio
Doyon, Limited would like to thank everyone who submitted their artwork for the Eighth Generation Call for Artist. The committee assigned to choosing two artists had a very difficult task as all of the artwork was done by talented individuals.
My name is Lacey Dionne Sam, native name K’its’ahultoona which is Athabascan for Black Capped Chickadee. I’m a Koyukon Athabascan from Huslia, Alaska. I am a middle child out of 10 children. My mother and all of my sisters also make beautiful beadwork creations, I give them credit as my mentors and inspiring me from a young age. For as long as I can remember I loved to draw, it’s a skill I used throughout my life. I didnt start beading until I was 20 years old, right after my first daughter was born. Theres alot of beauty in our wild Alaska it’s the perfect muse for any artist. When the first concept popped into my head I felt that drawing it onto paper wasn’t enough, so I used it as a pattern to bead on. Most of my designs are Alaskan animals enjoying the sunset in it’s natural born freedom. I see the image clearly in my head so I try my best to add in each detail no matter how small. Hearing kind words about my work from people all over our region is amazing. I am grateful for each opportunity my creations have given me, I hope to pass this tradition onto my children as it was passed to me.
The youngest of nine siblings, I was born in Northway, Alaska in the beautiful Upper Tanana Valley where I was raised in a semi-subsistence lifestyle. My mother, a Koyukon Athabascan raised in a completely traditional subsistence lifestyle, taught me to bead and skin sew from the age of seven. Early on, my crafts included medallion necklaces, barrettes, baby and adult moccasins, and earrings, most of which were gifted to family members on special occasions.
Congratulations, Lacey and Emma!
We would like to highlight all of our extraordinary artists.
Colleen Firmin Thomas