أبو الصبر الحزين!

في زيارة لصديقي حمزة، وجدت عنده هذا العمل المطرّز يدوياً:

توقفت مذهولاً أمامه. واختلطت عليي الأفكار والرؤى. هل أنا أمام العشاء الأخير لدافنشي؟ أو جورنيكا بيكاسو؟ أم هو عمل ملحمي من نوع مختلف!

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Calligraphy workshop in DAH

In March 2015, I was invited to conduct a workshop for the design students at the Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah, during its international design symposium: Reinventing the Vernacular. My workshop theme was ‘Contemporary Arabic Calligraphy’, which I introduced my vision of developing the art of Arabic calligraphy, and how it can be blended into other modern visual forms, and keeping its soul and originality in the same time. The workshop has focused on the practical aspects, by asking students to sketch, play, experiment and then try to come up with genuine artworks that reflect each student own style and point of view.

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Sami Rafe

Yesterday I discovered an amazing artist from Egypt, his name is Sami Rafe سامي رافع, born in Cairo 1931, he designed the marvelous ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ in Nasr city, Egypt in 1975, writing a symbolic Egyptian names of 72 soldiers in the geometric Kufi style:

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photo by:  kyuen13

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Photo by: peterkreder

And I was amazed by the other designs that artist did, here some logos I found on his portfolio:

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