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Storytelling and Threading the Needle

May 26 - 31, 2024

Beizar Aradini  ·  beizararadini.com

Workshop Overview

Visual storytelling has been an active part of the human experience for centuries. Historical examples have been found in caves, ancient pyramids, tapestries, statues, canvases, vases, and frescoes. The most recent evolution of visual storytelling is digital, through film and photography; we must not forget the “selfie” and it has modernized the way we tell our own stories. In this workshop, students will walk through the process of taking a self-portrait and recreating it into thread paintings. Students have the option of using a photo from their past or present, to represent a memory or a moment in telling their own unique story. This workshop will help students gain skills and techniques in free motion embroidery – using the sewing machine, transferring a photograph onto fabric, and using thread as paint. Open to all skill levels.


  • Using visual imagery to story-tell
  • Transferring photographs onto fabric
  • Free-motion embroidery
  • Basic sewing skills


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  • Create depth using thread
  • Create texture and movement using thread
  • “Paint with Thread” using the sewing machine


Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Beizar Aradini is an artist in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BFA at Middle Tennessee State University. Her work explores cultural displacement, memory work and storytelling through craft and fiber arts. Aradini has exhibited her artwork all over the United States with recent exhibitions at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, Brooklyn Collective Gallery, and Five Myles Gallery. She has taught embroidery workshops at Wakins Community Arts, Tennessee State Museum and for many non-profits around Nashville. She was awarded “Best in Show” in Best of Tennessee Craft 2021 Biennial at Tennessee State Museum and was South Arts 2023 Tennessee State Fellow.

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