A New Maya Cake Design

Art, Copan, Frida Larios, Graphic Design, New Maya Language, Photography

Here is a behind a scenes summary of how I came up with the cake design for Shannon and Knut’s wedding.

Portal drawings

Portal drawings

The first step was to design the super natural portal standing at the top.  It was a four-sided portal so that made it even more complex for the Maya-chortí local stone-carver to make.  These were the set of technical drawings I gave him to have it delicately produced in locally sourced lime-stone – just like the type the ancestral Maya artists used.  Shannon and Knut will be able to enjoy a wedding memoir that will last forever.

Serpent design

Serpent design

The second step, once the production methodology of the portal was established, was to define the size of the cake.  I already had the “serpent” design in mind and drawn in Adobe Illustrator as I had done something similar in glass sugar and fondant for my own wedding.  The serpent represents the vision and the connection of the human with their ancestral and celestial spirits, its skin shedding is a symbol of rebirth and renewal – perfect for this occasion where two souls to form a new and united one met.

New Maya Fire

New Maya Fire

The third was to have the twins, daughters of the Hacienda indigenous chef, do the “fire” in corn leaf (tusa) coloured in bright magenta.

It all had to perfectly integrate on the day of the wedding – stone, corn leaf, glass sugar and good flavour of course, and it did.

Serpiente at work

Serpiente at work

Four-sided portal

Four-sided portal

Finale

Finale

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