Kufi Workshop for non-Arab participants in Amsterdam

On the 28th and 29th of August I gave a workshop for non-Arab participants during the El Hema Exhibition at the Mediamatic Workshop area.

You can read more about the workshop in the following links:
Kufi Workshop in Amsterdam at Mediamatic, Amsterdam.
Brief intro of the Kufi Workshop

Giving some comments on the primarily kufi patterns.

Here are some pictures. Enjoy.

The lecture about Kufi before the workshop started.



Square Kufi down by mosaic and pixel games


The creative and ambitious young girl in the workshop.


and the other participants:




some square Kufi






Square kufi down with Latin Letters

and here are some Floral Kufi for the fast learning participants.







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  1. Dear Pascal,

    I just wanted to tell you again that I really enjoyed the workshop.
    The first evening I thought: “Oh no, I’m never going to learn Arabic, much to difficult!”
    But the second evening I started to understand a little bit of it, and today I really feel like learning Arabic.
    I would love to be able to write these beautiful scripts ánd to be able to read them.
    It ‘s so important that we (Arabics and Westerns) get to know eachother.
    That was also our goal with the alles goed?-shirt, and it works. (on a very little scale of course!)
    But I understand that to you, as an Arabic grafic designer the print on this T-shirt must be a pain in the eyes.
    I am a grafic designer myself but since I became a mom I haven’t been very active in my profession.
    After the symposium and the workshop I feel very much like picking it up again!
    Thank you very much for the inspiration and good luck to you!

    Marie-José Vaessen

  2. Dear Pascal,

    Just wanted to say a last thank you for coming and for giving the workshop. I really enjoyed meeting you and learning about Kufi!
    I would love it if you could send me some of the pictures you took during the workshop so I can put them on the site for documentation, I know the people who participated would like that too. I will ask Marieke and kJ to do the same.
    I also heard (a rumor maybe) that you might be coming back to Holland sometime in October. If this is the case, definitely contact us because the workshop was such a success we could easily organize another one. We have all the material now, know plenty of people who would love to join and could make it like a full day inside the El Hema or something. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself here I guess because I’m not even sure you’ll be back for a visit in October…
    So for now, I hope you had a god flight back and we will be in touch!

    Take care, cheers,


  3. well, donno wat 2 say, but i really liked all wat has been done ther. And for da kufi workshop, i think they really had fun in it. Congratulations 4 everything and welcome back to leb.

    take care and c u soon.

  4. superb work! we ourselves are learning kufi designs, we have background knowledge in Arabic – being Muslims who read the Koran – and is trying this new found love for an art very near to our religion.

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  5. Dear Pascal

    my name is rukhsana, i am currently studying graphic information design, in my final year now, ding a project for typography involving arabic and came across your blog was wondering if you come to london often? if you are giving a lecture or workshop please let me know in advance, i am very intrested in what you are doing.


  6. great work… I wanted to upload some of my work too to share your comments is thee anybody to guide me for that

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  8. Dear Pascal,
    I would be grateful if you could design a logo for our clothing company, The House of Emaan, I ‘ d like the Emirates kind of style (arabic above the english).We will be launching our new e-commerce soon, just waiting for the most important logo. please contact me a.s.a.p.
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  9. Dear Pascal,

    I really like your work, and love the website.
    I am a fresh graphic designer who just graduated from Dar Al Hekma College in Jeddah, KSA.
    You have probably know my instructor; Nina Kriedie and Ghinwa Yassine :)

    I am asking for any upcoming workshops you are giving, please inform me. I would love to attend and participate in.

    waiting fot your reply

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