islamic art

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.

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