Artist Demonstration

Love Speaks: Poetry, Calligraphy, and Bookmaking

Explore love, Islamic visual traditions, and written language through traditional and contemporary techniques. Watch master calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland demonstrate Islamic scripts, and learn about Ishqnama/The Book of Love, Word Play, and other recent projects by artist Laimah Osman. Join both artists as you try your own hand at making a folding book and beautiful lettering.

This program is a part of Love Speaks: A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World, an exploration of the many facets of love through poetry performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, followed by a special Sunday at the Met. Co-organized with Poets House and City Lore.

Made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Instructors: Elinor Aishah Holland and Laimah Osman

Elinor Aishah Holland is a New York–based calligrapher who works in both Latin and Arabic scripts. She teaches hands-on workshops in both types of script for all ages and also lectures on Islamic calligraphy. Her calligraphic work ranges from invitation design to fine art commissions. She continually works toward refinement in her work through study and practice.

Laimah Osman is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator who was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her artwork is devoted to themes of love and war, and is inspired by classic Central Asian arts and literature as well as the politics of representation relating to culture, race and gender. In partnership with The Persian Poetry Project, she recently printed Ishqnama/The Book of Love, an artists' book that contains poems written by women in the early Islamic period of Central Asia. She was awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council Grant for Ishqnama in 2012, and has been a Keyholder Resident at the Lower East Side Printshop and a Resident Artist at Kala. She is currently producing new work she calls "Alefabet Books."

Free with Museum admission

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