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

Staff
Kelly Valletta
Executive Director / TAC Founding Member
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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.

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.

Howard Ptaszek
Studio Manager
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Howard Ptaszek has undergraduate degrees in Physics, and Mathematics and a Masters degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. He took his first weaving class at TAC in 2009, and has been weaving since, often showing his woven artwork in juried shows around the country. He likes to experiment with the weaving form, materials and processes.

Emma Redmond
Youth Coordinator
Linda Sok
Class Coordinator
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Linda Sok is a Cambodian-Australian artist now living and working out of Brooklyn. Her artist practice navigates the complexities of the trauma embedded in the Cambodian diaspora, often working with materials and objects from her culture. Linda is also a currently AIR Cycle 13 artist, so you will often find her wandering about the studio spaces experimenting and making use of all the facilities TAC has to offer.

So Ye Oh
Marketing Coordinator
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So Ye Oh is an artist, making soft sculptures by using various types of fabrics. Through studies of developmental psychology from college and further research in graduate school, she focuses on themes of childhood and motherhood. She received a BA from the University of Michigan in 2016 and graduated from the MFA Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute in 2020. Starting as an intern in early 2020, she has been continuing to work for TAC, one of her big resources and inspirations for her current art practice.

Isa Rodrigues
505 Textiles Director / TAC Founding Member
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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.

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
Whitney Newton
Sewing
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.