About 25 years ago a government agent told me that I should turn my hobby into a business, I have not looked back since. Disability, immigration status and a 5 years bout of homelessness did not stop me. I am now, with my husband John, helping other under-served Makers, Artists and Artisans to do the same. 

We dance on two legs! We sell products and can apply for grants. In 2012 for profit,Tinaliah Designs and Its Caring Co-op or T1, was created after living and seeing the needs of other local Artisans. In 2016 Tinaliah “the One who perseveres” or T2, filed its 501(c)3 status in the state of CT.

We are deeply concerned with how over-consumerism and its ignorance contribute to poverty. Earnestly for the protection of the environment, we recycle, re-use or up-cycled textile, in all its forms. This unable us to design and manufacture high end and beautiful products at a relatively low cost. We aim to bring manufacturing back in Connecticut. We have been contracted by United Way, The Salvation Army, and local start ups in need of patterns and to do small runs.

Tinaliah, T2 program Threads & Needles is the winner of the 2018 Yale/Dwight Hall Innovation Social Lab Award, as a non Yale participant. https://dwighthall.org/get-involved/programs/social-innovation-lab

Ready to take the next step? You can become a contributor to our cause, or participate yourself.