Inspiration can come from unexpected places. Like, Holland for example.
Artist Lubna Zahid will be teaching the art of illumination workshop with Scripts ’n’ Scribes on March 4th and 5th. She has over 25 years of experience and recently taught an art of the illumination course at the Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. But, her love for art had a connection to, of all places, the Netherlands.
The space we’ll be using is surrounded by small sculptures and is right next door to one of their larger gallery spaces. It is such a cool and appropriate space that we’re planning a group studio tour with the administrators at Artists & Makers during one of the workshop breaks.
In the year 1258 when Baghdad was attacked by the Mongols, Yaqut al-Musta’simi took practice to the next level. As the Mongol horde attacked, Yaqut took refuge in a minaret within one of the Baghdad mosques to continue his strict regime of practicing calligraphy...
Art brings people together, and calligraphy is no different. I recently spoke to my teacher, Elinor Aishah Holland who talks about everything from her time in Istanbul to her advice for aspiring students.
One of the most amazing articles I have read that sums up my intention and approach to this art is an interview that Al-Madina Institute did with master calligrapher Hasan Celebi...
A story about how the sincere struggle for perfection and perseverance made Sami Efendi one of the legendary artists of arabic calligraphy.