I am a calligrapher and craftsman currently living in Washington, DC. I speak decent Arabic, passable Persian, and abysmal Turkish, Uzbek, and Hebrew. I am currently a student of Mohamed Zakariya in the Ottoman calligraphic tradition.
I came to calligraphy from two directions. The first has to do with my upbringing: with a mother who is a professor of Islamic Art History, and a father who is a bookbinder and makes illuminated manuscripts of his poetry, I was raised around Islamic design, calligraphy, typesetting, paper arts, and illumination. The second direction is my past experience with art: I discovered graffiti at 14, so coming from that background, the art of the written word is familiar, although from a rather different perspective.