About

Elinor Aishah Holland


Her passion and enthusiasm for calligraphy began during a visit to Istanbul as a teenager. Very attracted to Arabic letterforms, but finding the study of this art difficult here in the US, she discovered the NY Society of Scribes and undertook an education in Latin lettering.

Specializing in Italic and Copperplate, Holland embraced all aspects of freelance calligraphy work, including invitation design and event work, teaching and exhibiting. Eventually Holland found master scribe Mohamed Zakariya and began the study of Arabic script.

After years of study and many trips to Istanbul, Holland received the Icazet, or calligraphic certification (for Thuluth and Naskh stlyles) in Arabic script in 2013. As a freelance lettering artist in Latin and Arabic scripts, her work includes exhibiting, teaching, doing commercial and commission work.

Clients include the Smithsonian Institute, The NY Public Library, Clinton Global Initiative, NY Society of Scribes, Long Island University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the US Department of State.