My idea parts from Mexican Mayan History. The mayan was an ancient civilization that used animal to represent the Mayan Gods. Kukulkán was the God of Wind and Water and it was represented with a snake. As I did in my design, the front is a representation of a Mayan drawing of a snake, I wanted to show that animals were important there, that they are important now and they will still be important. I used VICTORINOX colors and stone texture in the back just to give a background for a better appreciation of the design and to complement the full idea of ancient drawings.

In the back of the knife I used another Mayan drawings of animals and tools. I used a sea shell, a chicken, a frog, a vulture and a centipede to complement the full idea of the historic background I based my design on.

Which animal(s) did you choose as a visual and why?

I used a Serpent as the main character. It's the representation of a great power and how the Mayan civilization used an animal to represent a God. That shows how important where animals back in time and why we should keep that in mind.

What culture or region does the animal stand for?

Mayan culture, a representation of Mexican history and an important civilization.

What story does your design tell?

The Mayan artists painted the serpent to represent a God among us, the Wind and Water God, Kukulkán. The used sculptures of the serpent on the entrances to palaces and offering temples, they used them as guardians of holy places.

What style did you choose for your design and why?

I tried to represent the pre hispanic art with the form and used this traces to make it look like an ancient drawing, painted on stone to represent the mayan artists and painters.

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Have you used any third-party material? Even if you’ve modified or combined it, please know that in this project no stock material is accepted. See “Guidelines, regulations & comments” (in the brief)

I used a photo for the texture, then turned it into vectors and used it as a background. I also got my inspiration from books and illustrations of the mayan animal drawings.

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My name's Alan Parra and I'm a designer. I'm from Mexico and I like the history of my country. This is a representation of the Mayan civilization and how they worshiped animals as a divine signal of Gods. I think my design really represents the importance of animal caring and how they were appreciated just because the can be among us.

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