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

Staff
Kelly Valletta
Co-Executive Director
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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
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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 textile collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Isa has been on staff at the Textile Arts Center since 2009, and was 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
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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
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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
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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. With a dream of working in a collaborative studio environment, centered around the relationship between art and science, she joined the TAC team. She continues to garden while fulfilling her passion to pursue natural dyes and weaving textiles.

Danielle Bernard
Youth Programs Manager, Manhattan
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Danielle Bernard is an artist from upstate NY who enjoys creativity in all forms. Graduating from The School of Visual Arts in NYC, she majored in Illustration. Danielle believes art and creative expression is a vital part of human development and continued mental health. She feels that it is important for everyone to “find their art” and immerse themselves in beneficial creative and emotional growth. Sharing her passion and belief that there is an art in everyone is what motivates her to create with others.

Adult Classes Instructors
Addison Walz
Spinning, Felting, Weaving
Ahna Hughes
Tapestry, Sewing
Alicia Scardetta
Tapestry Weaving
Caitlyn Mclaughlin
Sewing, Quilting
Callen Zimmerman
Indigo, Rag Rug Weaving
Chi Nguyen
Tapestry, Spinning
Claire Schipke
Screen Printing, Macrame
Denise Maroney
Embroidery
Elena Kanagy-Loux
Leather
Emily Curtis
Sewing, Quilting
Emma Redmond
Tapestry, Quilting
Erina Schultz
Block Printing
Florence Spurling
Machine Knitting
Hannah Schultz
Printing
Isa Rodrigues
Natural Dyes, Weaving
Jamie Boyle
Weaving
Jennie Maydew
Natural Dyes
Joey Casey
Machine Knitting, Dyeing, Sewing
José Picayo
Weaving, Bead Weaving
Kaelyn Garcia
Embroidery, Needle Point, Tapestry, Weaving
Karin Persan
Shibori, Indigo, Block Printing
Karyn Lao
Pom Pom making
Kira Baker Silver
Weaving
Laura Eliason
Machine Knitting
Linh Truong
Sewing, Suminagashi
Lynn Hunter
Kumihimo, Macramé & Knotting, Crochet Rag Rug
Mallory Zondag
Felting
Molly George
Indigo
Natalie Stopka
Bookbinding, Natural Dyeing, Marbling
Olgalyn Jolly
Machine Knitting
Olivia Zisman
Embroidery, Painting with Thread
Philip Sachs
Screen Printing
PJ Cobbs
Silk Painting
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
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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
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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
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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. Jordana helped Textile Arts Center in becoming a major resource for promoting textile art and design in NYC and beyond.