A few days ago I received a link from a friend that reminded me again of another form of art that I love: arabesque.
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“Arabesque is an artistic motif that is characterised by the application of repeating geometric forms and fancifully combined Arabic calligraphy.”
These particular images were created by Muhammad Abdulmateen and each feature a passage or a word that has been used to create these designs. Also have a look at these Arabic Calligraphy pieces.
There is also a book worth having that does not only deal in Islamic or Arabic calligraphy, but contains two-hundred beautiful colour plates of all things Arabic and art: the aptly named Arabic Art by Prisse d’Avennes.
You can also create your own circular patterns and squiglys on Myoats:
Myoats is a community where people create designs using an online drawing application. These designs can be rated, downloaded, and archived. The Most Liked designs are rewarded by being featured on the home page.
In my own Myoats designs I tend to be rather aimless and do no justice to the medium, but some of the people on there are creating truly exquisite things.
These are also much more organic than is normally my style, but at least I was being a bit experimental!
And finally there is my own attempts at some western (and may I add a little snarky) arabesque. I made these back in 2007 to illustrate how I felt about my course at the time. There is a progression from aggressive and ugly to a slightly more positive and appealing design. (So yes, I know the first two designs are a bit unevolved and they are in fact supposed to appear that way.) I give you Fuck You, Bite Me, Thank You:
- Fuck You
- Bite Me
- Thank You
I was maybe in a bit of a bad place at the time…