“Today we would be kings: Frida Larios’ New Maya Language”

Fashion design, Frida Larios, London, San Francisco, South Africa

This is an extract and published spreads’ gallery of lead article in DESIGN MAGAZINE No. 19.

I tried to preserve the ancestral artists’ spirit at the time of creation, highlighting, and not merely reproducing their strokes. Aptly, renowned Harvard Peabody Museum’s epigrapher Alexandre Tokovinine describes my work with these words:

“Even though there has been a growing body of scholarly works devoted to the subject of Maya calligraphy, few artists systematically sought their inspiration in Maya letters beyond mere reproduction of certain glyphs and glyphic patterns, usually in the context of contemporary indigenous art.  Frida’s project stands apart as an attempt to explore and reinvent Maya calligraphy as a symbolic and aesthetic system from an artist’s viewpoint.  The New Maya Language creates its own world that blends Maya imagery and symbolism with Frida’s unique vision in a series of artworks which would make an ancient calligrapher proud.”

To read full article click here.

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WildHearts with a Vision

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WildHeart Vision has launched their new website.  This Helsinki-based media company aims to gather and preserve the largest indigenous wisdom archives’ collection from around the world.  I was honoured to be called to design their logo identity and website inspired by my New Maya Language©.

WildHeart Vision values are commendable.

At WildHeart Vision, we believe that above all else, our
business should be based on respect:

Respect for the wisdom keepers and their teachings
Respect for those who seek to embrace these teachings
Respect for the people with whom we work
Respect for the earth on which we’re all dependent

WildHeart Vision

The National Museum of Finland

Art, Helsinki

THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UP-DATED WITH SOME SUGGESTIONS FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINLAND

This heavy-walled, castle-looking building includes a collection of Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages’  fragments and objects that have helped archaeologists and anthropologists shape the origins of Finnish people and their culture.

Comb Ware, which is a term that refers to comb-resembling marks on the walls of ceramic vessels that date back to 4000-2000 BC produced during the Stone Age, were later partially replaced by metal objects during Iron Age.

Of course the Roman and Middle Ages, Renaissance and Illumination also took place in Finland like in the rest of Europe. Finland was an integral part of the Kingdom of Sweden until 1809, and part of the Russian Empire until 1917 when it became the independent Republic of Finland.

Frida in Scandinavia and Europe

Frida Larios, London, Madrid, Paris

Have started my European tour with a leg in Helsinki.

You are wondering what am I doing here?! The answer is–-presenting some New Maya Language surface designs. Will be here in Helsinki until Thursday the 18th. On Thursday I am off to Paris to see some fashion designers, and meeting-up with my dear friend Ana María Echeverria and Sali Sasaki, INDIGO Ambassador. On Sunday 21st November Madrid awaits with its Iberoamerican Design Biennale 2010 where my Green Child puzzle will be exhibited. Finishing in London from Thursday the 25th to Sunday the 28th to see Gaby my sister, my brother-in-law, niece and some clients.

So there you go, have published my itinerary so that my friends and family know where I am!

Next I will be sharing some first pictures and short descriptions.

Copan-Helsinki

From the Tropics to the Nordics

Photography contribution by Tyler Orsburn and Rosa Meléndez©