Self-taught calligrapher Zainab Farooq, 21, brings laurels to the valley Mir Sabeen Gulrez
Zainab Farooq, who hails from Khanyar, is currently pursuing Honors in Agriculture at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) at Wadoora Sopore. Her participation in exhibitions at university level gave her a boost in her calligraphy work. She not only participated at the university level but also participated in many online competitions. The main motivation that pushed her to the limits was the time when she lost her uncle, who wanted her to be more successful in every aspect of life. After his death, her passion for art urged her to fulfil his dearest dream.
While talking to News Kashmir, Zainab said, “I used to do artwork that was confined within the boundaries. Lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus was a blessing in disguise for me, as I could devote much time to my artwork. Every time I take up the qalam or brush, I feel relieved and full of joy. As success is never gained overnight, So, after much more practice, I started framing my artwork that was very much praised by people. ” She adds that :”While working, I put some of my work on Instagram, but to my surprise, I got orders. I also made name boards and also wrote the Quranic verses, which gave me immense pleasure,
On being asked who is your main support
With a sigh of relief she said, “My parents were always supportive. Without their support, this would not have been possible. “They kept me motivated every single time,” Zainab said, praising her parents.
These days, I also tend to head in a more artistic direction. I explore large formats in particular. Calligraphy has a dimension that is intrinsically connected with the body, which is interesting.
Otherwise, simply for my own pleasure. These days, I also tend to head in a more artistic direction. I explore large formats in particular.
Calligraphy has a dimension that is intrinsically connected with the body, which is interesting. Otherwise, simply for my own pleasure, she said.
“What is the most interesting calligraphy project you have worked on so far?”
Zainab said, the most interesting calligraphy till now was working on the size of an A1 frame. It was an order that had a huge acrylic pour and writing with the qalam. It only reveals your interests, experience, and skill level.
How do you ensure your calligraphy skills remain sharp?
“I practise every day. Practicing the calligraphy makes my skill sharper and gives it a firm finish.” To ensure my calligraphy skills remain sharp, I keep my wits about me as well as my interests, experience, and skill level.
How would you select the calligraphy style and media for a project?
She answered, “For me, selecting a particular type would not be preferable.” It will be in kufic, dewani, and tuluth calligraphy. It would rather be on wood, besides ink on canvas and paper. It tests my knowledge of calligraphy, as well as my planning and organisation skills.
What has been the most challenging project you have worked on so far?
She said, “Till now, it was my wood resin art.” My skill level and experience also highlight potential weaknesses.
Describe the most recent calligraphy project you completed. What did you learn? She replied: My most recent work is about the name boards, besides Quranic verses. And my work on wood. It tests my planning, time management, skill level, and willingness to learn.