North East & Cumbria, United Kingdom

Elnaz Yazdani

Age Group

A Level


Mixed Media


Elnaz Yazdani is an embroidery artist and educator based in Yorkshire. Elnaz is dedicated to sharing her textile skills and promoting the importance of embroidery as an art form for the future and for community wellbeing. Elnaz has taught embroidery throughout her community, within primary, secondary and higher education as well as community groups and organisations. In 2020 Elnaz was commended for the teaching excellence award in embroidery via the Embroiderers Guild and became an Embroiderers Guild Scholar after the successful launch of her virtual embroidery school ‘Embroider Your Future’. Her practice explores ways of transforming traditional embroidery techniques through her choice of unusual materials; she is inspired by industrial, upcycled materials and the ways in which she can embellish, connect or transform these items through stitch to develop a surface or form. Her unique embroidery style has allowed her to work across fashion, jewellery and installation contexts since graduating from Manchester School of Art in 2014. Elnaz is available for workshops, talks, embroidery and jewellery commissions, exhibitions and collaborative projects.

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Experience in Schools

04.2023 > To Date: The Change Project ( Year 3 Children) 02.2023: Animate Arts - CPD for teachers. (Teachers Education) 09.2022> To Date: Growing Colour Together Project (WOVEN in Kirklees) (Primary education and secondary) 09.2021>To Date: Weaving a Story of Place Together- Paul Hamlyn Foundation Project (Primary and Infant) 08.2021> 06. 2022: Habits for Life- Love Your Clothes (Teenagers) 06.2021: Makers and Shakers Zine Project with Stitch_Up. (7-11) 07.2020: Embroider Your Future – A Virtual Summer School (GCSE and A Level Textile Students and Teachers) 06.2018>To Date: Healthy Holidays summer school workshop leader (Leeds) Stitch_Up (7-14 years) 06. 2019: Woven In Kirklees- Embroidery Workshops (Primary and Secondary school visits) 05.2019: Moorlands Primary School- The Future Fashion Challenge (Age 6 -11) 11.2017: Creative Embroidery Workshops (Manchester) The Horsfall 42nd St charity arts venue (Teenagers) 09.2016: Children’s Embroidery Workshops (Preston) The Harris Gallery (Age 6-10)

Areas I Cover

North East & Cumbria
North West
South East
South West
West Midlands
Yorkshire & the Humber

Max Group Size

35 students


  • 2022>To Date: MA by Research (Rethinking Embroidery: Connecting Communities through Embroidery Education)
  • 2022> To Date: Governor of Pentland Infant and Nursery School
  • 2020: Commended The Embroiderers’ Guild Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery and Design 2020
  • 2020: 18-30 Years Embroidery Scholar under the Embroiderers Guild
  • 07.2018> 02.2019: Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. (FHEA)
  • 02.2019: Mental Health First Aid Qualification
  • 09.2017: IOSH Health & Safety Management Qualification
  • 09.2011 > 07.2014: BA 1st Class Honours ‘Textiles In Practice’ -Embroidery, Manchester School of Art
  • Exhibitions

  • 03.2023: Fashion and Embroidery Show - NEC (Birmingham)
  • 06.2022 > 07. 2022: Cultures Of Place - Huddersfield Market Garden. University Colour Garden
  • 03.2022: Fashion and Embroidery Show - NEC (Birmingham)
  • 02. 2022: The Art of Embroidery - Bankside Gallery (London)
  • 10.2021: Stitch Your Story - British Textile Biennial (Blackburn)
  • 07.2019> 11.2019: Strands of Place and Time - Gawthorpe Textile Hall (Burnley)
  • 11.2017>03.2020: Music Room Gallery (Lancaster)
  • 03.2015 > To Date: Tactile - The Whitworth Textile Gallery (Manchester)
  • 07.2017: Manifest Arts Festival (Manchester)
  • 06.2018: Supermarcheshop (Lancaster)
  • 02.2017: Bury Art Shop (Manchester)
  • 05.2016: Chorlton Arts Fair (Manchester)
  • 06.2016: Fig & Sparrow (Manchester)
  • 04.2016: Free For Arts Festival (Manchester)
  • 11.2014: Celebration of Style (Liverpool)
  • 07.2014: Always Always Land (London)
  • 06.2014: Manchester School of art Degree Show (Manchester)
  • 05.2014: Graduate Fashion Week (London)
  • 05.2014: Skin - Penthouse NQ (Manchester)
  • 04.2014: Irregularities - Stockport Art Gallery (Stockport)
  • 03.2014: Magnetic Embroidery - Vertical Gallery (Manchester)
  • 02.2014: L’aiguille en Fete - Stitch Show (Paris)
  • 05.2012: Textile Innovation- Blank Media Collective (Manchester)
  • Social Media Profiles