Aradani Studios was founded in 2002 by Michael and Paul Bielaczyc, two fantasy artists living in Nashville, Tennessee. Their original intention was to work at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival as a part-time endeavor, a way for the two brothers to spend time together and have some fun selling artwork. So many people were interested in Paul's elven costume, particularly the pointed ears, that the two decided that they would add elf ears to the business. The following weekend, Paul and Michael began what Aradani Studios is best known for: hand-painting elf ears to blend in naturally with peoples' skintones.
Paul, Sara, and Michael Bielaczyc, TN Ren Faire, 2003
What began as a once a year activity for the brothers expanded in 2003 to include three Renaissance festivals and multiple conventions around the country. During this time, Aradani Studios carried a variety of other brands, but didn't manufacture any of their own products. However, with customers requesting custom prosthetics at every show, they decided it was time to expand.
Starting early in 2005, they began sculpting and producing their own line of prosthetics, by 2007, over 90% of the products they sold wee created in house, made and manufactured in Nashville, Tennessee. Customers all over the world have enjoyed Aradani elf ears and masks.
Aside from latex prosthetics and jewelry, Michael and Paul Bielaczyc are acclaimed fantasy artists, winning awards all over the country and working for companies such as Dragonlance and Apex Digest. Their work can be seen in the Masters of Fantasy Volume III and in various publications.
Paul sculpting the prototype for the vampire forehead.
About our business practices:
We strive to bring the best quality costuming to our customers. We also try our best to have most things made in the United States (or if possible in fair trade commerce). 80% of our products are made in the U.S. , and 100% of the products we make are designed, built and manufactured here in the U.S.A. by workers who are paid a fair wage.
The Aradani Crew:
- Michael Bielaczyc – Founder and Artist
- Paul Bielaczyc – Founder and Artist
- Sara Bielaczyc – Founder and Artist
- Laura Jones – Costume Designer, Artist and Seamstress
- Brian Hulsey – Sculptor and Mask Maker
- Anton Souvorin – Salesman, personality and studio tech
- Suzy Devos - Shipping
- Adam Doochin – Salesman and studio tech
- Juli Shipley – Sales and Support
Aradani Crew (retired)
- Patrick Duggan – Sculptor, Designer, Mold Maker
- Lonnie Ray- Sales Representative and Political Advisor
- Camacho – Sales and Support
Aradani Crew, MidsouthCon 2006