I started to investigate Arabic Calligraphy some time in 2011. My journey began with a book called ‘Naskh For Beginners’. ‘Naskh’ is one of the styles used in Arabic calligraphy, and it’s pretty mainstream for every day legible writing. It’s also fairly easy to grasp, so I thought, and so it was a good starting point.

After getting the hang of this, and of using a reed pen, I looked at ‘Thuluth’. At this time I did a lot of abstract work on canvas and ended up developing an online presence. Much of my early work was sold online, and I still remember the first piece I ever sold. I would always use verses of the Koran that resonated with me, and use a lot of colour. I was interested in colour, composition and effect. I kept the calligraphy fairly minimum and spent a lot of time on the backgrounds – sometimes using spray paint to achieve the effect I wanted.

Being a student of the Koran and Arabic alphabet from a young age, I had plenty to work on. Since 2011, I’ve taken Calligraphy to many cities across Scotland, including Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. Every year I discover something new with Calligraphy and I try and branch out even further. One of the Masters who I drew a lot of inspiration from early on is Haji Noor Deen. He’s a Chinese Calligrapher who I have met several times during his tours in Edinburgh. I’ve emulated a lot of his style in my work, particularly in 2014, when I was keen on making Chinese Scrolls.

I’m also a graphic designer, who loves branding businesses and making logos. Since 2015 I’ve been responsible for numerous logo projects, and helped brand new initiatives such as the Edinburgh Arab Festival and The DeskHop. For a number of years I had been practicing graphic design as a freelancer, mostly for the community. Now I do the odd job here and there, but I like to focus on branding and big design projects.