Sunday, October 2, 2022, 10 am
Learn the intricate and mesmerizing art of Abbasid Kufi calligraphy with Joumana Medlej in this introductory workshop. Outlining a practical introduction to Manuscript Kufi, this workshop will explore the rise of this first great Qur'anic script and the materials historically used for it. Continue practicing with templates and letter charts which will be provided after the workshop.
A metal or bamboo straight-cut dip pen and ink or a calligraphy marker between 4-6 mm.
Joumana Medlej is a British-Lebanese artist best known for her work with Kufi scripts. After an early career in graphic design and illustration, her deep connection to the tradition of early Arabic calligraphy was sparked when she assisted master calligrapher Samir Sayegh in his Beirut studio. Since moving to London in 2013, she has been dedicated to reviving the styles of this large family, along with the art materials and personal discipline surrounding them.
Joumana has exhibited in Lebanon, London, and most lately, Cambridge. Her work is found in private and public collections in the Middle East and Europe. She has done work for the Royal Mint, Apple, Amnesty, BBC Arabic, and the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan. She teaches Kufi calligraphy at the Arab British Centre and on Domestika. She is also a member of the Society of Authors and has most recently published books on early Islamic art technology and natural materials.