Last year a colleague of mine, Shiva, introduced me to Kufic lettering -the inspiration behind a typeface he had designed. (https://www.typotheque.com/articles/calcula). Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts. The negative and positive spaces interact creating beautiful large patterns. Kufic can be seen adorning of mosques. Geometric Kufic, which is a variation of the same caligraphic style, fills the surfaces of mosques with art that is readable – usually excerpts from the Holy Book. The idea of the writing is to infuse the building with the power of the words. Walls are treated as spaces that have a significant impact on our state of mind, secure or calm, agitated or frightened.
Have a look at an interesting piece of street art created by Varun Vedvyas that uses Kufic lettering as an inspiration concealing words with abstract shapes- https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf_dQWQDK-y/?hl=en&taken-by=startindia
By Easha Ranade