We believe in conscious leadership, focusing on environmental, social, cultural & global impacts on our interrelated world
We support local businesses & community organizations
Our goal is to empower youth, teens & the young at heart through handcrafted traditions & creative self-expression
Serving Wichita & the surrounding Midwest region, we support the arts in Kansas by providing a creative sew-space to dream, create & reconnect. We strive to create an inspiring learning environment where every student gains:
· Art & craft appreciation
· Fine motor abilities & creative problem-solving skills
· A stronger sense of self-worth, community & giving back
· A global worldview & their role in it
· A life-long thirst for knowledge & education
A Kansas native, TISSU owner/founder Nina Winter graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Fashion (2011) from the Academy of Art University - San Francisco. Her time studying in San Francisco was a turning point in her fashion career, as the sustainable & eco-conscious city opened her eyes to the industry's harmful contributions: textile wastes, inhumane working conditions, etc. As a result, Nina started her own indie fashion labels HAIKU & TISSU Kansas to encourage fashion-conscious consumers to think twice about the effects of FAST FASHION - fashion that’s cheap, quickly discarded & sold in large quantities (with unrealistic designing, buying & purchasing cycles).
Her passion for the Slow Fashion Movement & love of everything handmade also led her to create TISSU Sewing Studio, a charming & inspiring "sew-space" based in Wichita, KS, to design your own garments and/or recreate your favorite wardrobe pieces. Locals & visitors alike are encouraged to take a much needed break - from their phones, social media, technology, stresses of modern living - in order to reconnect with their imagination & innate creativity. Her goal is to inspire & empower through the art of sewing & fashion design.
Through humble beginnings - her family fled war-torn Vietnam in 1977 & landed in KS with the help of selfless strangers - Nina learned how to view life in color & see the beauty in all things, people & places. She is a humanitarian advocating many causes, including helping others see the light & beauty within themselves & the world around them.
She also credits the greatest movie ever made, The Wizard of Oz, as her timeless source of inspiration. With its beloved characters, prismatic hues & heartfelt storytelling, its simple message still rings true today: Dreams really do come true. In her spare time, Nina enjoys mentoring youth & teens, reading, writing, traveling, teaching yoga/mindfulness practices & making.
GET INVOLVED! A list of her favorite organizations:
KANSAS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
MWANAMKE Project - Wichita