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Interview with Ammar Awahdeh
What has ignited your interest in Arabic Calligraphy?
A: Ever since I was a little kid, I was interested in Arabic calligraphy. I remember I used to draw the letters instead of just simply “writing” them, and my parents noticed it. My older brother was taught certain simple types of calligraphy at school, he taught me and as I grew older I kept improving and I’ve been doing it ever since.
What message would you like to send to the world through your art?
A: Several messages; the beauty of calligraphy alone is a big message, it’s unique to our context, and more people should be exposed to it in order to enjoy it. And as the saying goes “Calligraphy is embedded within the soul” so in other words calligraphy within itself is an extension of one’s soul and beauty within. It can combine both happiness and sadness, and everything in between.
What made the number of calligraphers drop so low in recent years?
A: Technology and some artists growing tired due to the lack of interest from others. For example, back in the day everyone had no choice but to turn to calligraphers for writing official scripts or to design a logo, but the evolution of technology and computers caused a shortage in opportunities. Hence people leaving it behind, and learning how to use computer programmes instead.
Is there a location where calligraphers gather?
A: There are some, but are generally obscure and unknown. And in my opinion, calligraphy is an art best done alone, independently. It’s hard to collaborate in doing a certain project.
What are the most endangered types of Arabic Calligraphy?
A: Several such as: Moroccan, Qairawan, & some older types we don’t practice anymore due to how hard they are, and they look very ancient and unreadable. People prefer simpler, more readable types nowadays.
Where do you see your future as a calligrapher?
A: I aspire to incorporate calligraphy in carpentry, I’ve always been keen on making 3D forms of things we are used to strictly see in 2D form. To me, calligraphy is my sanctuary away from daily troubles. A person can live multiple lives at the same time, through books, drawing, playing an instrument and the same goes for calligraphy. I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing calligraphy, despite the endless obstacles; I do it because I love it, and nothing else.