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

 


 

STAFF

 

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. 

 

Linh My Truong - Class Coordinator

Linh My Truong is an interdisciplinary artist & designer working with video, textiles, and ceramics. She has a particular love for weaving, marbling, and embroidery. She is thrilled to join the TAC team and be able to contribute to a wonderful community of fiber artists.  

 

Arcadia Hartung - Studio Manager

Arcadia Hartung is a mixed media artist, always experimenting with new techniques and ideas. She received her BFA from the Museum School & Tufts, with a focus in sculpture and printmaking. Upon moving to Brooklyn she has worked as an artist assistant, tattoo artist and production manager for The Armory Show. She is over joyed to be a part of the Textile Art Center!

 

Lisa Sikorski - Youth Programs Manager, 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. 

 

Simone Evans - Youth Programs Manager, Manhattan

Simone Evans is an artist and designer, working with dyeing, printing, and silk painting techniques. While working at TAC, she owns a business Simone Evans Textiles, using her fabrics to create color-drenched silk garments. Some of her garments also include handwoven fabrics. She has been teaching at TAC since the summer of 2016 and has a BFA in Textiles and Material Studies from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She loves spending her time teaching youth & adults about textile designing processes and is stoked to be a part of the team! 

 

Caitlin Mannix - Social Media Manager

Caitlin Mannix holds a BFA in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and joined the Textile Arts Center community in the fall of 2013. She is an avid knitter and lover of alpacas, with a penchant for antiquing and vinyl record collecting. She currently works remotely from her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

 

Jennie Maydew - Birthday Party + Youth Field Trip Coordinator

A Colorado native, Jennie Maydew relocated to New York in 2016 for an internship with TAC and a longing for the ocean. She learned to identify natural dyes while hiking in the Rocky Mountains and has since incorporated color from local and regional plants into her textile work. She is a middle school art teacher and active cyclist who is passionate about learning through teaching. Jennie's favorite natural dye is the golden-yellow from marigolds.

 

 


ADULT CLASSES INSTRUCTORS

 

 


FRIENDS OF TAC

 

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.