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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.

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.

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.

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..

Necmeddin Okyay (1883-1976): The Man Who Knew a Thousand Arts (Part 1)

Necmeddin Okyay (1883-1976): The Man Who Knew a Thousand Arts (Part 1)

In his book, Outliers, pop psych writer Malcolm Gladwell said it takes approximately 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to achieve mastery in any field. Now this may or may not apply to every discipline, but in my opinion extended hours of practice is certainly needed in fields like art, music and sports. So, how long would it take to master roughly 16 different skills?