Portland, OR, August 18, 2020 – Today, Rumpl, the category leader in technical blankets, announces the launch of a new collection designed by Native American artists in partnership with the First Peoples Fund, an organization whose mission is to support and empower Native communities and artists. The collection is comprised of two original prints by Northern Cheyenne artist Jordan Craig and one original print by artist Darby Raymond-Overstreet, a member of the Navajo Nation. The prints are available across multiple Rumpl products, and a portion of each sale will benefit First Peoples Fund.
“Regrettably and naively, we have appropriated Indigenous design concepts in the past. Thankfully, our community let us know, helped us learn about the issues and create a program to do this the right way. In partnering with Jordan Craig, Darby Raymond-Overstreet and the First Peoples Fund, Rumpl is taking the first step in our commitment to represent Indigenous art correctly and respectfully,” says Wylie Robinson, CEO and founder of Rumpl. “We hope that Rumpl can be leaders in this arena and inspire other brands to do the right thing by supporting the communities from which this art was inspired. We owe a huge debt of gratitude not just to the Indigenous artist community for giving us this opportunity, but also to our community of customers who brought these issues to our attention, helped us to develop a correction plan, and continued to support us while we went through this learning curve. We are so proud of what this collection represents and hope it can inspire other brands to further support marginalized and underrepresented communities of artists.”
Jordan Ann Craig is a Northern Cheyenne artist based in California and New Mexico. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her work includes painting, prints, textile prints, and artist books. Jordan Craig’s Rumpl prints Woven Daydream and Keep Me Warm feature neutral, natural colors and bold geometric shapes, available across the Original Puffy Blanket , the NanoLoft Puffy Blanket, the Down Puffy Blanket, and the Shammy Towel.
Darby Raymond-Overstreet is an award-winning digital artist, printmaker and member of the Navajo Nation. She also received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and, through her work and studies, creates Navajo/Diné pattern designs that materialize through portraits, landscapes, and abstract forms. Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s print Sundown features warm red tones and a banded, geometric design that is inspired and derived from traditional Navajo/Diné textiles, available across the NanoLoft Puffy Blanket, the Stash Mat, and the Shammy Clean-Up Kit.
Both Craig and Raymond-Overstreet join the robust Rumpl Artist Division, a collaborative program that showcases the work of accomplished and upcoming artists who use diverse mediums to inspire creativity in impassioned communities around the world.
The Rumpl Artist Division collection with Native artists will launch with Jordan Craig’s prints on August 18, and Darby Raymond-Overstreet’s print will launch soon after on August 20.
For more information, please contact Associate Account Manager Sarvary Koller at Sarvary.Koller@rygr.us.
About Rumpl: Based in Portland, Oregon, Rumpl makes Blankets for Everywhere. Utilizing material technologies commonly found in activewear and outdoor gear, Rumpl aims to modernize the everyday blanket. Rumpl’s high-quality, versatile blankets keep you comfortable no matter where you are. The materials have been tested and proven in harsh environments, yet specifically selected for comfort and durability. Rumpl believes the blanket you use every day deserves the same attention to detail as a sleeping bag you might use ten times a year. The end result is a premium and versatile blanket that can be used anywhere you go … or when you don’t go anywhere. rumpl.com.
About First Peoples Fund: Founded in 1995, First Peoples Fund’s mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers. Collective Spirit® is that which manifests a self-awareness and sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community. It encourages us to stand up, make a difference, pass on ancestral knowledge and extend a hand of generosity. First Peoples Fund recognizes the power of art and culture to bring about positive change in Native communities, beginning with individual artists and their families.
About Jordan Craig: Jordan Ann Craig is a Northern Cheyenne artist based in California and New Mexico. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College. Her work includes painting, prints, textile prints, and artist books. In 2017, Jordan was awarded the H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship as well as the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research. She was an artist-in-resident at Institute for American Indian Arts in 2019. Currently, Jordan is an artist fellow at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation in Roswell, New Mexico. jordananncraig.com
About Darby Raymond-Overstreet: Darby Raymond-Overstreet is an award-winning digital artist and printmaker. Born in Tuba City and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, she is a proud member of the Navajo Nation. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art and graduated with Honors from Dartmouth College in 2016. Through her work she studies, works with, and creates Navajo/Diné pattern designs that materialize through portraits, landscapes, and abstract forms. darbyraymond-overstreet.com
Contact: Sarvary Koller
970-924-0704 ext. 201