WHAT I DO AND WHAT THIS PROJECT IS ABOUT
As an apprentice in Arabic calligraphy, trained by a nontraditional master, my aim is to explore ever more deeply the potential of the oldest Arabic writing style – Kufi – through experimenting in form and media. All of my work can be seen on my website. The purpose of this project is to create a limited-edition portfolio of 8 calligraphic pieces printed in silkscreen.
Silkscreen is a gorgeous art print technique that produces thick, deep flat colors on cotton paper. Despite being a process that belongs to the East and West rather than the Middle East, it perfectly compliments my personal approach to an ancient art form that has lost none of its power.
The amount I wish to raise would pay for the paper, the silkscreening, and the shipping of rewards. The rewards, listed on the right, consist in the art prints themselves, as well as originals, painted and illuminated, for nearly a third of their usual selling price – an exceptional deal that will not happen again outside Verkami.
HOW THIS WORK
By contributing a sum of your choice, you are pre-ordering one of the rewards offered on the right. I have 40 days to raise the amount I need to fund the printing, and you won't be charged until those 40 days are up, and only if enough contributions have been made to insure I can complete this project. When/if that happens, I'll start the printing and then mail the rewards to everyone who contributed.
CHOOSING A DESIGN
When you send a contribution, if you have a preference for one or more designs, please write to me asap to specify which. I will do my best to send everyone their favorite design, but as these are limited edition, it has to be on a first come first served basis, so the sooner you sign up, the better your chances are. If you pledge for the full portfolio, of course, you'll get them all!
Previews of the rewards:
These are the 8 designs I have adapted for this medium. They'll be printed on Tiziano paper 160 gsm, 44x44 cm, with environmentally-friendly inks:
Here is a preview of the Shukr (thank you) card, which you will get blank and with an envelope, so that you can keep it or send it to someone. The colors are watercolor + gilding and may vary at random or based on your preference:
Khatt 2011 is an art book collecting all my calligraphy work done in 2011, 29 pieces in total. The Luxury edition offers fine print and paper quality, with a casewrap hardcover binding, in an extra-large format (30.5x30.5 cm). Each image occupies a full page so it can be enjoyed to the best effect, with the commentary and sketches on the opposite page:
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!