Bunyamin Aysan, a native of Turkey, began learning the art about six years ago.

A permanent marker glides across a glossy piece of paper, and it is transformed into decorative artwork.

For Bunyamin Aysan, calligraphy is a way to relax and express his creativity. It also requires constant practice to maintain the touch and precision.

Aysan, 42, originally from Turkey, came to Erie in 2010 with his family. The current director of the Erie Turkish Cultural Center started doing calligraphy six years ago.

“My friends encouraged me,” he said. “It's not easy. I have to work at it every day.”

Aysan owns Just Leggings at the Millcreek Mall. When he is not waiting on customers, he is practicing his calligraphy. He creates wedding invitations and anniversary cards, among other items. He can add calligraphy to anything with a smooth surface.

Aysan said he is still growing as an artist.

“I'm not a master yet, but I am in the process of becoming one.”

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