Six things to know about Turkish master Hasan Çelebi

Six things to know about Turkish master Hasan Çelebi

Hasan Celebi is by far the most distinguished representative of the art of Islamic Calligraphy in modern times. A student of the last representative of Ottoman school of calligraphy, Hamid Aytac, he is our current link to the tradition of Arabic calligraphy.

Calligraphy is Inspiration: Profile of master calligrapher Ayman Hassan

Calligraphy is Inspiration: Profile of master calligrapher Ayman Hassan

There is no limit in calligraphy. Rules in calligraphy are the starting point. Once you master them you can break them, but you cannot break something you cannot see or touch.

Reviving Traditional Art in the West: A Story of Samiur Rahman

Reviving Traditional Art in the West: A Story of Samiur Rahman

Practicing calligraphy in the UK has required a lot of adaptation for many reasons; firstly, it is quite difficult to reflect the traditional ways where a student would go out in search for a teacher and stay in his /her Suhbat (companionship) for a number of years devoting himself/herself to that field. Similarly, the essence of a calligrapher is their materials..

An Afternoon with Mohamed Zakariya (Part 2) - On Tradition and Precision Writing

An Afternoon with Mohamed Zakariya (Part 2) - On Tradition and Precision Writing

When you look at a writing of thuluth script, you will notice invisible lines going in a certain angle that have measurements, like 5 dots or 10 dots.  Zakariya hoca said, “these relationships of dimensions are only the beginning of writing.” Therefore, when you are first learning how to write in Arabic calligraphy, you are learning the measurements of letters.

Mysticism in Miniature Art: An interview with Artist Fatima Zahra Hassan

Mysticism in Miniature Art: An interview with Artist Fatima Zahra Hassan

Miniature Painting is unique as it transforms the material world into a world which is dreamlike. It is representational art form considering the other visual Arts of Islam. It can tell the whole story in a small space which is manifold.

Calligraffiti: How Artist Gabriel Garay Blends Graffiti and Calligraphy

 Calligraffiti: How Artist Gabriel Garay Blends Graffiti and Calligraphy

I have been doing graffiti since my teens, so as I came across Islamic art and Islamic Calligraphy it really captivated me. I looked at how the master calligraphers played with the structure of the letters, stretching, and bending the forms. I automatically saw the correlation with what I was, or should I say, what we were, doing as graffiti artist with the latin script

An Afternoon with Mohamed Zakariya: The Story of the Poem

An Afternoon with Mohamed Zakariya: The Story of the Poem

Last fall, I had the privilege to sit with Zakariya hoca to talk about calligraphy and his experiences. But he shared with me more than just calligraphy. We talked about languages, poetry, past and current masters of this art, literature and of course calligraphy! For the next few months I will be sharing with you snippets of our conversation.

Calligraphy is Persistence: Profile of Calligrapher Shahryanshah Sirajuddin

Calligraphy is Persistence: Profile of Calligrapher Shahryanshah Sirajuddin

Benjamin Franklin once said, “energy and persistence conquers all things.” If there is a calligrapher that embodies those words, Shahryanshah Sirajuddin is one. We begin a new year of artist profiles with someone whose determination and love of calligraphy brought him to Turkey, all the way from Indonesia. His sincere journey to learn the art of calligraphy is an inspiration for us living in the west where classes and teachers are not so readily available. His story teaches us that with persistence and energy any creative skill, not matter how overwhelming, can be learned.

A Student's Perspective of Arabic Calligraphy

A Student's Perspective of Arabic Calligraphy

Spending years studying Arabic, living and working in the Middle East, I was familiar with the Arabic alphabet and calligraphy, but always figured that it was too hard to learn -- after all, even writing in Arabic was difficult for me, much less cultivating the patience and fortitude to master penmanship in another language. Especially since I am not artistically inclined, I balked at first.

Calligraphy is Tradition: Profile of Master Calligrapher Gulnaz Mahboob

Calligraphy is Tradition: Profile of Master Calligrapher Gulnaz Mahboob

It is a very honest art. Writing the Divine words as beautifully as you can in that moment  should be your foremost motivation with lots of hard work. Thereafter the direction your writing takes is not in your capacity to control and you have to accept this.