Anuradha Kodagoda from Sunday Observer wrote about 30 Days of Akuru project.
An emerging trend on social media these days, ‘30 Days of Akuru’, created by Akuru Collective are a bunch of artists who have come together to inspire interest in typography. “The words etched on the surface hold the power to make or break this world: ‘Akuru’ sees this power and looks to understand it better so that we may share it, use it and surmount it,” that’s how they quote it in their ‘Akuru’ manifesto.
Our friends over at Daily Artra interviewed Chamodi on 30 Days of Akuru projects.
The technicalities and semantics that go into handwriting build a platform for more than just the matter of written art. Words are created from letters and letters build from the recesses of an artist’s mind – typography, space where written art and visual art meet in the middle. Type design is a significant form of art, its importance lying in the insightful way it is conveyed. A letter albeit just a lone figure is a fundamental figure in the foundation of communication, language and bridging culture. Through this notion, a new concept emerges – 30 Days of Akuru, and Chamodi Waidyathilaka, co-creator expounds on this.
#30daysofAkuru first edition, is an open call to visual designers, illustrators, type designers, typographers and anyone who’s interested in explore the endless possibilities and new dimensions of Sinhala letterforms, Sinhala script. We challenge you to create your own new and exciting interpretation of a selected Sinhala letter, one letter per day for the Month of June. The project aim is to create an awareness and importance of Sinhala typography and it’s endless typography and graphic possibilities.
#30daysofAkuru is a project hosted by Akuru Collective and organised by theLetters.Lanka team. our aims are to inspire interests in letterforms and highlight regional graphic designers, graphic and visual design artists and illustrators to create talent in varieties of sinhala font design and bring awareness about the importance of expanding typography.
The project is initiated by Chamodi Waidyathilaka and Vihanga Samaradiwakara and Leyanvi Mirando and Samadara Ginige is also in the project committee.
Akuru Collective is partnering with ATypI and FARU (Faculty of Architecture Research Unit), University of Moratuwa, to orgnise the first ATypI Working Seminar in Colombo 0n March 23–24 at the University of Moratuwa.