- We believe in conscious leadership, focusing on environmental, social, cultural & global impacts on our interrelated world
- We support small businesses & the handmade craft movement
- 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
TISSU Sewing Studio is a contemporary fashion sewing "school" bringing back (with style) time-honored fashion arts & techniques with a modern twist. Meaning “fabric” in French, TISSU encourages high-quality craftsmanship & attention to detail on all our lessons & classroom projects. We offer instruction in:
- Fashion Design
- Accessory Design
- Costumes (historical, cultural)
- Sustainable Design
- Global Crafts
Our classes/workshops are catered to ALL ages.
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. She designs for her own indie eco fashion label HAIKU & has taught art/sewing classes at CityArts. Her passion for sustainability, FABRICS & love of everything handmade led her to create TISSU, a charming & inspiring "sew-space" 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, technology, stresses of modern living - in order to reconnect with their imagination & innate creativity.
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 & RYT 200 yoga teacher advocating mindful living, environmental & animal protection, human rights, local/global artisan communities & most importantly, helping others see the 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.
GET INVOLVED! A list of her favorite organizations:
MWANAMKE Project (Wichita, KS)