Kufi Calligraphy

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Whether it be due to being born & raised in the arab world, or appreciating the words from the Quran. From a young age I have always appreciated Calligraphy. It takes most calligraphers numerous years to perfect the art, for that reason I chose to take every workshop I could to speed up my self learning process. As artists, we always create images of our minds. For that reason, upon learning calligraphy on my own I did begin to draw pictures with the font. Below is an example for one of my Graphic Design courses at Dar Al Hekma University.

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However I was fortunate to go back to the traditional calligraphy when a very close friend of mine was having a workshop. Nasser Al Salem, known as one of the most talented contemporary calligrapher around the world, was asked to give a workshop at Jeddah’s 21,39 Gallery. Due to Nasser’s architectural background he explained to us how art is all about numbers. When it comes to Kufi Calligraphy, a grid is a must. Consistency of width and height of letters is key to a successful Kufi font. Towards the end of the workshop we had learned about the many successful Kufi artists, however Nasser emphasised on how it was important to add your background to calligraphy, for the best results.

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