NUEVA VIDA #MAYA: Book, Paintings, Photo, Jewellery and Fashion Expo and Conference Opens Today

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NUEVA VIDA MAYA

NEW MAYA LANGUAGE conference, book presentation, paintings, jewellery, and dress collection; and NEW MAYA LIFE wood-printed photography series in collaboration with my husband Tyler Orsburn, opens today at 18.30 at the Embassy of México in Guatemala.

La Embajada de México en Guatemala
tiene el gusto de invitarle a la inauguración
de la exposición y conferencia:

NUEVA VIDA MAYA

Libro, pintura, fotografía*, joyería y
textiles de la artista Frida Larios

Jueves 17 de enero del 2013
18.30 horas
Centro Cultural “Luis Cardoza y Aragón”
Embajada de México
*En colaboración con el fotoperiodista Tyler Orsburn
La muestra permanecerá abierta hasta el 22 de febrero
en horario de 9.00 a 17.00 horas de lunes a viernes

Surface Asia Magazine Publication: Rediscovering @Icograda #NewMayaLanguage

Australia, Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, Jewellery Design, Kuching, Language, New Maya Language, New Zealand, Sarawak, Sustainable Design
(CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT) Iban Tattoos by Ernesto Kalum; Karijini National Park Visitor Centre by David Lancashire; The Teraph Cabinet series by Helmut Lueckenhausen; Green Child Puzzle by Frida Larios

(CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT) Iban Tattoos by Ernesto Kalum; Karijini National Park Visitor Centre by David Lancashire; The Teraph Cabinet series by Helmut Lueckenhausen; Green Child Puzzle by Frida Larios

“In the process of globalisation, everybody is losing a bit of his individuality … It is very timely for us designers to explore this issue – to rediscover who we are, and to celebrate our unique heritage. Let us take a step back so that we can go forward.” Russell Kennedy, Icograda past president.

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Frida Larios is an Ambassador for INDIGO – the International Indigenous Design Network. Originally from San Salvador, Larios was inspired by Maya heritage, especially in the ancient Maya hieroglyphs. Her work during her postgraduate study gave birth to the “New Maya Language,” a set of twenty-three hieroglyphs that tells the story of her studied site, the Joya de Cerén UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site. The design process of “New Maya Language” involved streamlining the iconography of the ancient writing system and combining it with a modern visual vocabulary to create a standardised pictogram system that is comprehensible to contemporary audience. The result is a set of modern yet ancestral icons that is versatile in various applications: art, product and fashion design, brand identities, information design, wayfinding and education systems for archaeological sites and public spaces, as well as children’s toys. Larios says that:

“by reviving and celebrating the Maya cultural and visual identity, the ‘New Maya Language’ can inspire current and future generations and bring new life to the sacred stones.”

In keeping with the intention of safeguarding traditional culture, Larios has fostered close collaboration with indigenous craftsmen to produce items using local resources.
www.fridalarios.com

New Maya Life Exhibition Nov 26, 2012-Mar 3, 2013 Museo para la Identidad Nacional @fridalarios @tylerorsburn

Art, Copan, Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, Language, New Maya Language, Photography, Photojournalism, Tegucigalpa, Tyler Orsburn

Our first husband and wife collaboration: NEW MAYA LIFE [Nueva Vida Maya] photo, paintings and fashion exhibition, is being hosted by Museo para la Identidad Nacional from November 26, 2012 – March 3, 2013. NEW MAYA LIFE highlights the more than 2000-year-old indigenous Maya culture. Their contemporary art, craft and daily life is celebrated through our picto-graphic interpretations.

www.fridalarios.com

www.vimeo.com/tylerorsburn

“Frida Larios: Businesswoman, Artisan, Preservationist” #NewMayaLanguage Feature Interview by Hat Trick Magazine, UK

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Excerpt from Hat Trick Magazine 9-page feature in their September 2012, Volume 1 Issue 2.

Frida Larios, International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) Ambassador, designer and creator of a new pictographic language.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I think it is safe to say that I am a multi-tasker extraordinaire. I went to a private German School (odd thing I know, but it was only a block away from my parents house) in San Salvador where I was raised. My peers in school always remember me painting with a full set of large-format paper, brushes and temperas displayed on my desk while paying attention and participating in a lesson about heavy German, Bertolt Brecht-type literature–all at the same time. I was attracted to both: art and sports since I was a little girl. From five until fifteen I was a gymnast representing my country at international level. I then moved on to indoor volleyball where I was part of the national team for five years and finally settled with beach volleyball. From 1996 until 2003 me and my partner were reigning Central American champions traveling in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour across Europe and South America. Beach volleyball was my passion, but design was equally as inspiring and important to me, I had learned that since my school days, so I never ceased to do either. It wasn’t easy as it meant waking up at 5am every day for practice so that I could have a full day of study, while I was finishing college, or designing, while I was managing my design studio. Then in 2003 I moved to London to study a masters degree in communication design in one of the most prestigious design schools in the world: Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design sponsored by the government of El Salvador through a sister fullbright scholarship programme. I had already lived on and off in London and the west coast of England while I was completing a bachelors degree in Graphic Design at University College Falmouth.

2. What was the inspiration behind your New Mayan Language Art Project?
Being far away from my home country while living in London, but at the same time being so close to one of the mecca’s of contemporary art and culture brought me close to my own roots. Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design was two blocks away from the British Museum in Holborn, which holds the most beautiful carved lintels in the Maya world from the Yaxchilán site. Being in touch with both: thousands of years old and at the same time the most contemporary art expressions sparked the idea of reviving the dead Maya hieroglyphic language.

Continue reading the rest of the 12-question interview in Hat Trick’s ISSUU edition page 28.

Compassion Fashion Project TV+Film star feature with my designs

Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, London, New Maya Language, San Francisco
Beauty Reconstructed-Shannon Kring Buset magazine feature wearing my fashion and accessory designs.
She loved, lost and ventured on a journey of self-discovery. An amazing profile of a famous woman who had it all and lost it – only to find unimaginable happiness and success.

You can read the full article here.

New Maya Life exhibition to be hosted by the Museo para la Identidad Nacional in coordination with University of Pennsylvania

Art, Copan, Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, Pennsylvania, Photography, Tegucigalpa

New Maya Life - Family at HomeNew Maya Life - To learn (Open book)

Our first joint, husband and wife, New Maya Life [Nueva Vida Maya] photo, paintings and fashion exhibition, will be hosted by the Museo para la Identidad Nacional in coordination and parallel to University of Pennsylvania Museum breakthrough exhibition Maya 2012: Lords of Time from November 2012 – February 2013.

The collections of works is a celebration of the lives and customs of contemporary Maya people in anticipation to a new cycle beginning December 21, 2012.

NEW MAYA LIFE highlights the more than 2000-year-old indigenous Maya culture. The modern art, craft and daily life of Mayans is celebrated through new picto/graphic interpretations by husband and wife–Tyler Orsburn and Frida Larios. Their creations look for inspiration in the rural life of Maya-chortí people in Copán, Honduras living in the mountains of a UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site. Tyler’s intimate images of this ethnic population’s humble existence, and Frida’s unique redesigns of their ancestors’ hieroglyphic language, open a window to an otherwise underlooked community.

Here is New York

Fashion design, Frida Larios, New Maya Language, New York City

I am currently in New York City to meet a publisher and for the ENK Cotérie fashion event. Yesterday I attempted to visit the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, which are immense granite pools cascading down 30 ft the size of the previous Twin Towers, but they are closed to the public now.

I visited a photography exhibition showing at Thomson Reuters building’s historic lobby on 195 Broadway – a block from the World Trade Center site. The mix of amateur, instinctively shot photography displayed through simple inkjet prints, with professional shots by photojournalists, made the space feel intimate and at the same time compelling.

Here is New York: a Democracy of Photographs began as a unique exhibition and sale of photographs taken by amateurs and professionals alike in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Anyone who had taken pictures relating to the tragedy was invited to submit their images to the gallery, where they were digitally scanned, printed and displayed by volunteers alongside the work of top photojournalists and other professional photographers.

I am pleased to share what, for me, were the most striking images.

9/11 Here is New York

9/11 Here is New York

9/11 Here is New York

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Excerpt from Today we would be kings: Frida Larios’ New Maya Language By Frida Larios in DESIGN>MAGAZINE No. 19.

My journey to revive the visual language of the ancient Maya started in 2004 when I was studying towards a masters in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, located only two blocks away from the British Museum which holds some of the most important lintels in the Maya world. I was the first Salvadoran woman to study at Saint Martins. How could I not look for my own roots within an institution, and city, with marked avant-garde tendencies? It was my opportunity to show my peers and now the world how the Maya are one of the founding six pillars of the civilised world, inventors of the notion of zero and of one of the most accurate calendars in history. There is also a lack of recognition of their intelligent and advanced hieroglyphic language’s art form, within Mesoamerica (modern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador) itself, and beyond its boundaries. Now, as an ambassador for INDIGO (Icograda’s International Indigenous Design Network), it is my privilege to promote part of this ancient culture through my design work.

My New Maya Language is a unique system, in content and style, which rescues the ‘dead’ written language created by the Maya across Mesoamerica as far back as 300 BC. My vision for the New Maya Language is to recreate, re-compose and develop contemporary applications in different media: art, product and fashion design, brand identities, information design, wayfinding and education systems for archaeological sites and public spaces, as well as children’s toys. Through these diverse applications I aspire to promote iconographic meanings, education and play, whether it is by instigating conceptual thinking through a 0–12 year-old child’s game, T-shirts or simply by creating appreciation through my artworks, which to-date have been acquired by collectors around the world. Antonio Avia, Indigenous Education Director for the Organisation of Iberoamerican States had this to say about my artworks: “… your work presents another form of seeing, understanding, recreating, and above all, employing again in daily life, millenary means of expression. I am fascinated by this new vision of the glyphs.”

Continue reading this article in DESIGN>MAGAZINE No. 19.

The book I wrote, illustrated and designed the 120-page New Maya Language book so that people could learn about the original language of the Maya in a simple and practical way and to decode my new interpretation to others. The main chapter provides the formula for each of my pictograms, original hieroglyphs on the left page and the new hieroglyphs or result on the right. Finally I showcase various design applications.

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Fashion design, Frida Larios, London

Via A Blog About Denim, Styling and Handcrafting by Ariela Suster.

As I mentioned in my last post I am in El Salvador, continuing the journey to launch my collection “Sequence” this September. I have been working with an artist from El Salvador, Frida Larios, who I have recently met and have gotten to know her work and incredible research and redesign of the ancient Mayan Language called “The New Maya Language.” We took a trip 2 hours outside of the city to source fabrics and discover more treasures that our small country has to offer. Here are some pictures from our journey.

Our trip ended with a delicious lunch of some of the tipical food of the town we visited, “tortillas con enrredo and ceviche.”

You can watch a San Sebastian weaver weaving on my youtube channel.

Workshop

Telar

Ceviche and Enredos

 

Fashion design, Frida Larios, San Francisco