Fadi Balhawan

Fadi tells us about himself, saying: When I was a small boy, every time my father used to give me some allowance, I used to buy pens and fountain pens. In 1976, during the war, a bomb exploded next to my family as we were shopping in Hamra Street of Beirut. I was heavily injured and had to stay at home for 7 months, during those 7 months the only thing that I could do is to draw and write, it was a way to keep me alive. I lost track of this passion until I reached the age of 50, as I was walking in Venice, in those old allies, I entered stationery as if something came back from those seven months, I bought a simple LAMY. On my way back to Beirut, on my seat at the Middle East Airlines, I started to write again, and suddenly, I remembered those days of the seventies, either in the hospital or at home. It was a really good experience, my "world" had only a 20 centimeters radius, between my eyes, the paper, pen, and the book. Every time, I wanted to live in this "Nano Environment", away from the troubles of everyday life, I enter "this circle", where everything that I liked (when I was 9 or 10), came back to "life" again. The first book I wrote was The Confession of St. Augustine, I had to study this book at the American University of Beirut. It is a beautiful book. Then I noticed that the Arabic letters have something else, it's like poetry to the eyes of the foreigners, and what else than the Quran to write when you explore Arabic. Each piece of art has a story behind it, stories of Myths, Mistie Poetry, Pyramids, Prophets, beautiful stories that we all know but with the hassle of time we forgot to put the parts together. My mission is to trigger you to read them. I found myself in Fountain Pens, the Sound of the Nib on the Paper, the Flowability of the Ink, the Shine ability of the ink on opaque papers, or transparent papers, pastel colors covering the ink, its freedom of tools. The freedom of living in the Micro or even Nano environment, that transfers you to the fourth dimension which is time.




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