calligraphy

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..

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

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.

The Forgotten Sacred Script: Profile of Master Artist Ian Whiteman

The Forgotten Sacred Script: Profile of Master Artist Ian Whiteman

With calligraphy, specifically, the classic advice is to spend half your time collecting and gazing at works of calligraphy and pieces art that you are drawn to and the other half of your time practicing it. Doors will open for you..

Everything You Need to Know - April 29 Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

Everything You Need to Know - April 29 Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

If you're reading this, you're most likely planning to attend our Saturday, April 29 arabic calligraphy workshop in Rockville, Maryland. If you aren't able to attend, no worries, but maybe this blog about one of our instructors will be more interesting for you

Calligraphy is Patience: Profile of Master Calligrapher Pablo Casado

Calligraphy is Patience: Profile of Master Calligrapher Pablo Casado

As Aristotle said, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Calligraphy is a discipline that requires both practice and patience. When I met my teacher, Khalid, exactly two years ago, the first thing I noticed about him was his great patience when writing calligraphy...

Calligraphy is Dedication: Profile of Master Calligrapher Nuria Garcia Masip

Calligraphy is Dedication: Profile of Master Calligrapher Nuria Garcia Masip

I remember once I burned my hand trying to put out a small fire a candle had caused near my work. The electricity had gone out and I was working by candle light. A paper towel caught on fire and I was so worried it would burn my meshk...

Finding the Perfect Space for Our Calligraphy Workshop

Finding the Perfect Space for Our Calligraphy Workshop

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.

Practice is Everything: The North Star of Abbasid Calligraphy Yaqut al-Musta’simi (13th Century AD)

Practice is Everything: The North Star of Abbasid Calligraphy Yaqut al-Musta’simi (13th Century AD)

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...