Nuevo languaje maya/ A New Maya Language. A Design Book.
Seller ID: 1789
Individually produced by the author and designer, this copy c. 2012, at Berkeley, CA, and Copan, Honduras. In Spanish and English, 112 pages. Long folio (22.5 cm x 37 cm) in natural linen over boards, decorative title and other decorations in red, green, and gilt to front cover; wood and brass binding, red endpapers; decorated title page with Maya pictogram "Town on Fire". Larios' designs adapt traditional Maya symbols for use in modern circumstances and people's everyday affairs, creating, in the place of ISO pictographics, what she calls 'an authentic visual identity' reflecting a Maya culture long ago in decay and submerged by the religious and political agencies of the Spanish conquest. 'The Maya,' she says, 'did not just disappear.' Their culture lingered in traditional beliefs, in local customs, and in the design of various regional costumes. A hundred and fifty years of archaeology now has brought the Maya culture, literally, to the surface again, and the elegant symbology of the Maya language has been rendered accessible by the ingenious work of epigraphers who have puzzled out meanings from fragments of the language. Larios' design book includes a description of traditional Maya hieroglyphs, the Maya writing system, a map of the Maya cultural regions and their principal centres, and twenty-three full-page modern glyphs in colour, produced by pochoir, and designed for use in such public places as the UNESCO World Heritage site in El Salvador. Designs for everyday applications, such as the traditional emblem for the ecological retreat Hacienda San Lucas ("Los Sapos") and the nature reserve Macaw Mountain at Copan (the scarlet Macaw) are featured. These latter colour designs, produced individually, are available separately in large format (c. 50.5 cm x 75 cm). Also included along with the design volume is a blanket-stitched, eleven page c.v. of the artist/ designer, in stiff card illustrated with colour photographs (31 cm x 22.5 cm). The design book and accompanying booklet are enclosed in a natural linen cloth bag lined in similar maroon linen with a polished wood button and buttonhole closure. Elegant and Fine. Additional copies available upon application, as are the various large format single pochoir images produced on fine art paper and eminently suitable for display where these bold Maya designs prove remarkably congruent with modern interiors.
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