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.
Linh Truong - Class Coordinator
Linh Truong is an artist and designer with a focus on sustainability. She is continually exploring new techniques to repurpose vintage, deadstock, and found materials with her line - Love Returns. Linh also has a particular love for weaving, marbling, and experimenting with natural dyes. She is thrilled to join the TAC team and be able to contribute to a wonderful community of fiber artists.
Jamie Kepko - Studio Manager
Lisa Sikorski - Youth Programs Manager, Brooklyn
Simone Evans - Youth Programs Manager, Manhattan
Caitlin Mannix - Social Media Manager
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.
Caitlyn Mclaughlin - Textile for Teens Instructor
Caitlyn McLaughlin (also known as Cate), is an artist and educator specializing in textiles and sculptural fiber arts. She received her MFA from NYU and her BFA from SVA. She is currently Adjunct Faculty and Area Head of Fibers for NYU Steinhardt. She is an avid quilter, feminist, cat mom, and a local Brooklyn punk.
ADULT CLASSES INSTRUCTORS
- Aimee Mclaughlin - Block Printing
- Amelia Reyes - Sewing
- Addison Walz - Spinning, Felting, Weaving
- Ahna Hughes - Tapestry, Sewing
- Alicia Scardetta - Tapestry Weaving
- Callen Zimmerman - Indigo, Rag Rug Weaving
- Dain Mergenthaler - Weaving
- Denise Maroney - Embroidery
- Elena Kanagy-Loux - Bobbin Lace
- Emma Redmond - Tapestry, Quilting
- Hannah Schultz - Printing
- Isa Rodrigues - Natural Dyes, Weaving
- Jamie Kepko - Silk Painting
- Jennie Maydew - Natural Dyes
- Joey Casey - Machine Knitting, Dyeing, Sewing
- Kaelyn Garcia - Embroidery, Needle Point, Tapestry, Weaving
- Kat Roberts - Leather Working
- Kate Phillips - Machine Knitting
- Karyn Lao - Pom Pom making
- Kira Baker Silver - Weaving
- Linh Truong - Sewing
- Lynn Hunter - Screen Printing, Kumihimo, Crochet Rag Rug
- Molly George - Indigo
- Natalie Stopka - Bookbinding, Natural Dyeing, Marbling
- Olgalyn Jolly - Machine Knitting
- Olivia Zisman - Embroidery, Painting with Thread
- Owyn Ruck - Weaving, Sewing
- Samantha Bittman - Drafting, Weaving
- Sara Peterman - Katazome
- Sheridan Black - Screen Printing
- Victoria Manganiello - Weaving, Bead Weaving
- Vien Le Wood - Bead Embroidery, Embroidery, Kumihimo
- Whitney Crutchfield - Screen Printing, Weaving
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.