Maíz Flor Serpiente/Maize Flower Serpent for Smithsonian #LVMDayofDead Celebración

Anthrodesign, Art, El Salvador, Frida Larios, Graphic Design, Guatemala, Honduras, Indigenous, Indigo, Journey, PotencialPuro

Join us October 31, 2015 for the unveiling of Maíz Flor Serpiente/Maize Flower Serpent. Frida Larios and Manuel León from Indigenous Design Collective will show the final mural and talk about the creative process interpreting Macuilxochitzin.

Maíz Flor Serpiente/Maize Flower, a Smithsonian Latino Center commissioned digital piece from the Indigenous Design Collective. Work based on the 2015 Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Day of the Dead Festival cultural identity character, Macuilxochitzin.

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About Indigenous Design Collective and Maíz Flor Serpiente/Maize Flower Serpent

We are designers interpreting our cultural heritage through typo-graphy and art. Our collective aims to make Maya hieroglyphs and Indigenous art (not only Maya,) more accessible to the public, both children and adults, by applying them to different visual media.

We have chosen to illustrate the texture of a huipil to represent Macuilxochitzin; we find inspiring the fact that the art of backstrap weaving is still taught to the girls in Mesoamerica just as it was done with the princess back in the days.

“Every morning, you don your white huipil, iridescent embroidering on cotton, printed symbol of the plumed serpent, evolution. Black tresses floating in the air, tangling with the threads of the voice of Ehécatl, God of Wind.” Xanath Caraza, Weaver of Words.

In our iconographic process we first created a pattern based on the symbology of her name, Macuilxochitzin, which means: 5 Flower. The feathered serpent enters the composition as a vision embroidered on Macuilxochitzin’s huipil. When you look at the design in detail you will find that the feathers around the serpent are gracious maize leaves (“milpa”) and that the serpent’s scales also incorporate her flowers’ petals.

For more information on the Latino Virtual Museum Day of the Dead Real/Virtual Festival, visit latino.si.edu/LVM. Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM

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Reblogged from Smithsonian LVM: http://lvmdayofdead.tumblr.com

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Exploring Cultural Identity by Smithsonian #LVMDayofDead Celebración

Anthrodesign, Art, Design, El Salvador, Frida Larios, Graphic Design, Guatemala, Indigenous, Journey

“We have chosen to illustrate the texture of a huipil to represent Macuilxochitzin; we find inspiring the fact that the art of backstrap weaving is still taught to the girls in Mesoamerica just as it was done with the princess back in the days…”

Frida Larios & Manuel León, Indigenous Design Collective

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Follow the creative process of Frida Larios and Manuel León, as they visually interpret our LVM Day of the Dead cultural figure, Macuilxochitzin. They would reveal their final piece during the  Dead Poets Virtual Reading & Open Mic Hosted by Mouthfeel Press. Join us this Saturday, Oct.31, 9:30 pm EST at the UTEP Second Life island-LVM Placita-Sin Fronteras Café.

For more information on the Latino Virtual Museum Day of the Dead Real/Virtual Festival, visit latino.si.edu/LVM. Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram  @Smithsonian_LVM

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Reblog from Smithsonian LVM: http://lvmdayofdead.tumblr.com

#Mandela Poster Project

Africa, El Salvador, Graphic Design, Indigo, Language, New Maya Language, South Africa

Written by via the Design>Magazine Blog

New African Map, Charis Tsevis (Greece)

You are invited to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday and his life’s contribution to humanity by creating a poster or series of posters. The project aims to collect 95 exceptional posters from around the world and collate them into an online publication and traveling exhibition.

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Emerging Underworld Serpent 3, Frida Larios, El Salvador/Honduras/USA

Project Background

  • All designers and artists are invited to celebrate the life of the globally beloved icon Nelson Mandela by creating a poster or series of posters . The collection will be launched on the occasion of his 95th birthday, 18 July 2013.
  • The project is not for gain and is coordinated by an independent team of volunteers. The poster collection and all proceeds that may arise from the project will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust to aid in the establishment of a dedicated children’s hospital in Johannesburg.

Hervé Matine, France

Project Goals

  • Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life through a collection of posters.
  • Collect 95 exceptional posters from around the world in 60 days.
  • Contribute to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.

Lehlogonolo Mokotedi, South Africa

Project Deadline
21 June 2013

Project Specifications
Print: A2, 300dpi in PDF format with no bleed

95 Rainbows, Steve Rayner, South Africa

Project Contributors
Participation is open to all

Booshan Belut, Mauritius

Project Scope
Web gallery
International travelling exhibition

Nkosikhona Ngcobo, South Africa

Project Schedule
14 June: Confirmation of participation
21 June: Poster submission deadline
27 June: Curating of works
18 July: Launch of online gallery
Dates and venues for the travelling exhibition are currently under development

Russell Kennedy, Australia

Comments & Observations

  • The Mandela legacy needs to be respected.
  • Please ensure that you respect all copyrights and secure permissions where required.
  • This is meant to be a tribute to a legendary man from us, the creative community.
  • You acknowledge that all works submitted is yours and you own all rights to it.
  • The facilitators of this project cannot take any responsibility for any copyright infringements or misrepresentations made by persons submitting work to this project. All work is accepted in good faith.
  • Contributors agree to donate their poster/s without charge to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust and allow the Trust to exhibit and reproduce copies as part of its fundraising programme. The Trust will respect the intellectual rights of all contributors/creators and will not sell copies of the artwork without written permission.

Humanity, Hon Bingwah, China

Project team

  • Mohammed Jogie (founder, co-curator and logistics lead)
  • Jacques Lange (co-curator, international liaison and exhibitions lead)
  • Marco Cannata (sponsorship lead)
  • Vuyo Lutseke (media & communications officer at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust)
  • Kelo Kubu (legal lead)
  • Ithateng Mokgoro (branding lead)
  • Frances Frylinck (communications and social media)

Brenda Sanderson, Canada

Contact us
Jacques Lange, jacquesL@iafrica.com
Mohammed Jogie, mo@creativeweek.pro
See more at https://plus.google.com/communities/100850254119174737190

Wandisile Mokwebo, South Africa

Mohammed Jogie, South Africa