Karin Bauer

Karin Bauer

Hamburg, Germany

Calligrapher, designer

“I grew up and lived in various southern German towns as well as in Bagdad.

In 1986 I moved to Hamburg, northern Germany.

In 1994, after years of working in a transnational company, I decided to completely change my life, to take up western art of lettering study.

Living in Iraq helped me to get to know the beautiful art of the letter and start my own carrier in calligraphy. I studied book design and calligraphy under Professor Andersch’s guidance at the Hamburg University of Applied Arts, Art and Design Department.

In 1997 I opened my one calligraphy studio, worked as a freelance calligrapher and artist. I also frequented professional calligraphers', photographers', artists' master-classes.

In 2003 I participated in a master-class at the International Calligraphy Symposium in Sunderland Art School, UK.

In 2003-2008 I was the first woman to preside over the International Calligraphy Association Ars Scribendi.

In 2003 I became a full member of Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach and Schweizerische Kalligraphiegesellschaft calligraphy associations”. Participated in international exhibitions in Germany, Veliky Novgorod (Russia), Belgium, Austria, Helsinki (Finland), Korea“.

“To remember of my era of detailed black and white-photographs brings me back to regard the structure, the outlines of forms, the repeating rows and modulation of light and shadow of objects, that becomes now more and more importance for my calligraphy work. In the nature and in their object you can find countless comparisons with calligraphy. It’s only to follow their examples. You’ll find out a new calligraphic design if you have open eyes and take it in. These contain the further work with calligraphy. And to my mind, it is a necessary step in a lively development of any kind of art. All is open — at any time!
And together with the calligraphers and artists all over the world”.