Roads of Arabia Calligraphy show
This weekend I had the honor of participating in the opening of the Roads of Arabia exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler gallery. The show exhibits a variety of archeological treasures recently excavated from more than 10 archaeological sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula. As part of the show, the museum brought an ensemble of traditional musicians from Saudi Arabia and hired me and two other calligraphers to work on calligraphy.
Saud Khan, a renowned master of Jali Diwani and a student of Ibrahim al-Arrafi came from Saudi and Elinor Aisha Holland came down from NYC for the show. Saud and I did names for the attendees while Elinor taught kids about the basics of calligraphy and shared some of the tremendous history of calligraphy.
We worked for 7 straight hours, no breaks, and by my estimation Saud and I wrote more than 500 names. There was a line out the door the entire time.