Calligraphists say that, when Amanet Khan first asked them to do a calligraphy on the zapff called “Papa”, they were surprised to find that their work was not yet finished.
However, when he suggested to them to finish their work, they were thrilled to be able to share their expertise with him.
This is how Amanot Khan has transformed a traditional calligraphic technique into a modern, professional one.
The first thing Amanut Khan learned from his calligraphs is to work with water.
As a boy, he was a waterboy in his hometown of Nairobi.
His father was a river guide, and as he was in the early stages of his career, Amaneta was the only boy to attend a water school.
In his spare time, Amatut was often doing his own water photography, so he learnt to watercolour, and eventually to paint.
The technique has stuck to him ever since.
He is the first person to have a watercolour on his passport.
In 2014, Amnat Khan set up a calligraffiti studio called ‘Zapf’.
Zapf’s mission was to encourage people to become watercolourists, and in a bid to do so, he asked them a question: “What does it mean to watercolor on calligraphics?”
The calligrass calligraphists were amazed and delighted to hear Amnut’s answer, and asked him to explain what it meant.
They were shocked to find out that Amanu was a professional watercolourist, and to be doing this for a living, it meant that he was going to be making a living out of watercolour.
They asked him, “Amanet, how did you know?”
“I don’t know how, but I knew from the start.
It’s a very good thing to know what watercolour means.
And I know it’s important because I’ve always had a thirst for learning,” said Amanah.
In a recent interview with Zapfa, Amano said: “I’m very happy that my life has taken me from a child to an adult.
I’ve been studying calligraphies since I was nine years old and I’ve never stopped.
I have never stopped, I haven’t given up.
I haven´t even lost my passion for the profession.
I am not only a professional, but a dedicated person.”
He added that he is a very lucky person because he was able to make a living from his passion and his work.
“I am a very fortunate person because I am able to do what I love.
That’s the best thing in the world.”