Guardians de Las Artes/ Guardians of the Arts, Marilyn Anderson
Terra Experience Collection
Guardians de Las Artes/ Guardians of the Arts, Marilyn, Anderson, 2016
Marilyn Anderson is a friend and an accomplished artist who spent time in and wrote several books on Guatemala textiles in the 1970s and has continued her connection through her art and publications, My favorite children's publication is her coloring book Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala. It is a multilingual Maya languages/Spanish educational coloring book for children that also comes in a Spanish/English edition. It features her artwork. You can learn more about her work from the ProArte Maya website.
Description (from Marilyn's Pro Arte Maya Website): Marilyn Anderson's latest publishing effort is the bilingual Spanish/ English book Guardianes de las artes: grabados de artistas y artesanos de Guatemala/ Guardians of the Arts: Prints of Guatemalan Artists and Artisans
Guardianes de las artes /Guardians of the Artsis an art book, with a hard cover, printed on substantial natural beige colored stock. The book is 11 1/4" (height) by 8 3/4" (width). Reproductions measure 8 3/4" by 6 3/4" with some slight variations in size. This allows each print reproduction to be appreciated.
Images inGuardianes de las artes /Guardians of the Artscelebrate Guatemalan arts and crafts traditions as well as the artisans themselves. The book contains reproductions of 43 wood and linoleum relief prints. There are drawings on 25 on the caption pages. Each print has an extended bilingual caption in Spanish and English which describes techniques, the various uses of the crafts along with their history and place in today’s world. Other books about Guatemalan arts and crafts often use photography. InGuardianes de las artes /Guardians of the Arts,the images are created using relief print techniques to depict the artists and artisans of each craft.
In addition to the graphic illustrations, background text includes a preface, introduction, and acknowledgements. In a "Supplementary Notes" section at the back of the book, five short essays give more context to the arts and crafts shown in the prints. They are titled:
"Sustaining Culture," "Maya Arts and Change," "Weaving and "La Violence," "Ecology and Arts and Crafts," "To Treasure and Nurture: Guatemala’s Artists and Artisans."
The final essay includes a call to appreciate "...the Guatemalan spirit of creative ingenuity and tradition which lives on in their craft making..."