Textile Arts Center is made up of a dedicated team of entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and textile enthusiasts.





Kelly Valletta - Co-Executive Director

Kelly Valletta is an artist, experienced art educator and one of the founding team members of TAC.  She attended Pratt Institute where she received her Masters in Art Education.  She believes that the arts can play a vital role in community engagement, and thoroughly enjoys sharing her broad knowledge of art with people of all ages.


Isa Rodrigues - Co-Executive Director

Isa Rodrigues is a textile artist and educator from the South of Portugal and one of the founding team members of TAC After receiving her MA in Textile Conservation, Isa moved from Lisbon to New York to work and learn from the ethnographic textile collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Isa has been on staff at the Textile Arts Center since 2009, and is the founder and Director of the Sewing Seeds project. She likes to experiment with weaving and natural dyes, and her best ideas normally appear to her in dreams.


Kira Baker Silver - Director of Operations

Kira Silver has been involved with TAC since 2010. Beginning as an intern, she soon after became a weaving instructor. She learned weaving in January 2009 at Oberlin and hasn't stopped since. Other than weaving, she runs her business By The Baker, dabbles in screen printing, sewing, some major plant-loving and cat snuggling. Her background is in teaching both kids and adults alike, creating displays for Anthropologie and tackling a wide variety of freelance creative opportunities. 


Whitney Newton - Class Coordinator

Whitney Newton is a fashion and textile print designer focusing on interactive storytelling and sustainability. After receiving her fashion design BFA from Parsons School of Design, she has been creating womenswear and childrenswear. As an avid foodie, she can be found snacking while draping, experimenting with textile crafts, dancing, or reading. Starting at TAC as a Surface Design Instructor for the Brooklyn summer camp in 2018, she is thrilled to continue working with the TAC team and community!

Taylor Boria - Studio Manager
Taylor is a natural dyer, weaver and ethnobotanist focusing on flowering plants and more sustainable ways of processing fiber. She received her Bachelor of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry—majoring in Environmental Biology with a focus on Botany. It was through her ethnobotany course that she realized her love of natural dyes and textiles. This love was later solidified through a two month trip to Japan where she studied indigo dying. Taylor's new passions lead her to intern on a farm for several months learning about animal husbandry and the techniques of processing wool. With a dream of working in a collaborative studio environment, centered around the relationship between art and science, she joined the TAC team. With her foundation in Botany she continues to garden, propagate and study flowering plants while fulfilling her passion and desires to pursue natural dyes and weaving textiles. Along side her Dutch rabbit Klaus, Taylor also enjoys baking up a storm, mushroom hunting and drawing in charcoal. 


Lisa Sikorski - Director of Youth Programs, Brooklyn

Lisa Sikorski is a social practice based artist who has also been working in fibers and jewelry/metalsmithing for over 20 years. She has been teaching kids and adults in both these media in numerous places around the country for about as long. She joined the TAC team in 2015. Her most recent work is the birth of a tiny human that keeps her from doing anything meaningful with her art career (sigh). She loves teaching kids about the wonderful world of dyeing and thinks that empowering kids with craft skills is one of the greatest long term gifts we can give them. 


Danielle Bernard - Youth Programs Manager, Manhattan










Visnja Popovic - Co-Founder

Visnja Popovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia and moved to the US in 1991. She studied textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design, including a semester spent in Ghana studying the art of weaving and traditional block-printing techniques. She went on to earn a Masters in Art Education from Pratt Institute where she spent a Summer teaching weaving to children in South Africa. Visnja helped Textile Arts Center in becoming a major resource for promoting textile art and design in New York City and beyond. 


Owyn Ruck - Co-Founder

Owyn Ruck is a born-and-raised Brooklynite, with a passion for textiles and supporting small business and independent makers. Owyn studied Studio Art at Skidmore College, with a concentration in textiles and print making. Owyn helped Textile Arts Center in becoming a major resource for promoting textile art and design in New York City and beyond. 


Jordana Martin - Oak Knit Studio

Jordana Martin, founder of Oak Knit Studio, is a working textile artist and designer, and received her MFA from RISD in Painting. Originally from California, Jordana and her family call Brooklyn home. In collaboration with the Textile Arts Center, Jordana co-founded our artist residency program and acts as in-house resident mentor, providing consistent guidance outside of seminar and critique time. Out of Oak Knit Studio, Jordana produces artwork, as well as “craftivism” and community charity events around the textile arts. Jordana also serves as a board member of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Jordana helped Textile Arts Center in becoming a major resource for promoting textile art and design in New York City and beyond.