My name is Joumana Medlej. I am an artist specialized in the ancient Kufic script, which I shape into geometric designs or hand-written patterns.
I learned this long-lost Arabic style from a master calligrapher in my native Lebanon, and I’m one of very few calligraphers, and to my knowledge the only woman, to keep this tradition alive today—not copying the past, but constantly reinventing the script.
My subject matter is infused with Sufi philosophy and has a timeless, contemplative quality. The purpose of Kufic was to nourish the soul with beauty and meaning; this is at the heart of my work today.
(For more details, here is my CV).
Aside from my one-off art pieces, I create ranges of illuminated prints and other hand-finished products that can be made locally and sustainably: you will find these in my shop.
If you’re a retailer and would like to stock my work, please drop me a line and I’ll be glad to send you my catalogue.
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