Tishna is a Dene fashion designer from Lutselke, Northwest Territories. She picked up her first needle at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Tishna’s skills can be attributed to her mentor and teacher, grandmother Madeline. Tishna feels a strong duty and obligation, as a Dene mother, to contribute in some way and follow her grandmother’s teachings. She discovered that fashion and art was her way of contributing to preserving her First Nation culture.
Tishna participated in the 2010 Olympics Aboriginal Artisans Village. At the Olympics she was primarily using her grandmother’s and auntie’s beadwork patterns. This was the first time her beadwork/art became known to a larger audience. In 2013, she began to explore and create her own patterns and designs. She began to create garments with her beadwork patterns and her own contemporary designs. She first presented her garments in the Wearable Arts Show and won first prize. She then attended the Gone Wild Fashion Show in 2014, where she gained national attention. And now she is attending the Adaka Cultural Festival to show even more people the extent of her talent and artwork.