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  1. hudsonh
    Member

    I am just wondering what got you interested in Arabic calligraphy? What is your favorite part about it?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. salaam
    Member

    I have always admired Arabic calligraphy, but I think my interest in learning the language and how to write it really grew from my design background. I went on a trip to an Arab country and was intrigued by the Arabic signage around me. Not knowing how to read "Pizza Hut" in Arabic, but still recognizing the identity was a fun mental exercise for me. In our shrinking world, combining scripts in a harmonious fashion is an exciting part of design that few designers understand. The challenge with calligraphy is to know whether the various styles reflect a favorable impression upon the viewer while remaining true to the design. There's no shortcut except to learn calligraphy.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. cvtt.z88
    Member

    the baety part and the challenges of that art

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. ekvernen
    Key Master

    I, like salaam, became interested in this art form because of my love for patterns and design. The Arabic script is incredibly expressive, and can convey so much beauty in a single line. When I began to learn Arabic, I became fascinated by how many different ways a single letter could be written.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. JoshBerer
    Member

    I came at calligraphy from two directions. The first has to do with my upbringing: my mother is a professor of Islamic Art History, and so my environment was filled with examples of Islamic art for as long as I can remember. She also has a large collection of books on the subject, and for reasons of space in my house, that library lives in my room. My father is a bookbinder and makes illuminated manuscripts of his poetry. He in turn has an equally large collection of books on typesetting, paper arts, and illumination. Between them, there is a pretty decent library of works to draw inspiration from in my house. The second reason is my past experience with art: starting when I was 14, I introduced myself to the world of graffiti, and so coming from that background, the art of the written word is familiar, although from a rather different perspective.
    The switch from graffiti styles to Arabic calligraphy is not as dramatic as one might think. The hand motions that a graffiti artist practices thousands upon thousands of times are not that dissimilar to those a student of calligraphy must practice thousands upon thousands of times, until every letter comes naturally and produces a perfect result. Unfortunately, master calligraphers are not as plentiful here in America as they might have been had I been born in Istanbul in 1650. So, I have to make do with copying pictures in books.
    When I got to college, started learning Arabic and encountered Arabic calligraphy, it was as though fate was waiting for me to pick up a reed and start writing. I've been studying for 3 years now, mostly on my own. I've been back and forth from the Arab/Islamic world 6 times since 2006, for extended stays each time, and I've found teachers here and there, still lookin for a solid teacher for a long time though.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. ekvernen
    Key Master

    Welcome to the forum, Josh. I've read your blog on and off over the past two years, and I really enjoy it. I'm glad to see you here.
    Elisabeth

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. JoshBerer
    Member

    Hey, I just wanted to let you know I love this site, so well put together and organized. I am very impressed!
    Thanks so much for this great site.
    Josh
    http://joshberer.wordpress.com

    Posted 8 years ago #
  8. salaam
    Member

    Josh-

    Great to see you here!

    salaam-
    paul

    Posted 8 years ago #

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