Amanda Tison did not understand how much her selection of clubs in high school could affect her career as a fashion designer.

While in Lodi High School, she joined the FFA, the Environmental Club and the Art Club.

Her interest in art — and screenprinting lessons from instructor Tom Nardanelli — attracted her to fashion layout. But it was her involvement in the FFA’s Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship program as well as the Environmental Club who inspired her latest project: a trio of swimsuits for SwimOutlet intended to increase awareness about climate change.

“I designed a collection of three trendy suits specifically for this cause,” she explained.

Tison layouts swimsuits, yoga clothing and other activewear for Spiraledge. The firm owns SwimOutlet, YogaOutlet, and Tend, and partners with organizations from Yoga Journal to USA Swimming and USA Triathlon.

The three matches in the #winterisNOThere set sport slogans intended to increase awareness about environmental issues. All of the profits from the limited edition suits will go toward environmental nonprofits.

From Lodi High to fashion layout

It was her experiences in high school that led Tison down the path of fashion style and fueled her interest in the environment.

The FFA’s SLEWS program was particularly gruesome. Tison and other students in the program helped local farmers rehabilitate and restore wild land.

“That was my first time really learning about appreciating nature and our impact on the environment,” Tison stated. “At that age, they kind of introduced me to a world that I appreciated but never realized how much I took for granted.”

At the identical time, she had been studying screenprinting and realized she could use the method to produce shirts wearing her own layouts.

“I never thought I could design something and sell it,” she explained.

When it came time to select a senior project, she found one that aligned with her growing interest in fashion.


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