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Textile Arts Center

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Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
(250 Reviews)

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven -- common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.  

We appreciate the unique values of textile arts and want to expand opportunities for new practitioners to engage with the medium. Participatory learning is the foundation of our model and enables students from all backgrounds to make meaningful contributions to a growing community of fiber artists. Workshops, courses, events, and special programs at TAC allow professionals and novices alike to explore their creative ingenuity through handcraft processes. By engaging with groups ranging from newcomers to experts, we increase the positive social impact of textile arts and nurture innovations and leadership in the field.  

History:

Textile Arts Center was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Its main workshop hosts youth and adult programs in a wide range of media. The Brooklyn location also houses the Artists in Residency program, and is home to Sewing Seeds, a program dedicated to the dissemination of accurate information on natural dyes.  In 2011, TAC opened the doors of its Manhattan studio, which hosts youth and adult programs, as well as textile-related events.

Reviews of Textile Arts Center

(250 Reviews)

5/25/2017
Anonymous

Attended: After Workshop: Tapestry Weaving


The instructor "Ahna" seemed very irritated from the start of the class. She did not have time to decompress from her day job and seemed to take her anger and frustrations on the class. Her passive-aggressive attitude set an oppressive tone for this informal workshop. Questions and mild requests were met with adolescent eye rolls and the entire demonstration was confusing because she lacked the ability to properly articulate with language and her use of inappropriate material for tactile demonstrations. Again, many of these issues may have been resolved if the atmosphere of the class was "open" to some Q&A. The instructor literally felt like she phoned it in - she was not in the mood for this workshop after her stressed day at work. And spent the majority of the time on her phone texting. We all had a hard day at work. (I spent all day deposing at a Grand Jury hearing.) Sad to say, this workshop did not add to my curiosity for this new venue; Textile Art Center. The tone for the whole environment was oppressive, depressing and a bit exhausting. This workshop might be more suitable for teenagers who are used to the machinations of passive-aggressive mean girls but for busy professional adults wanting to learn a new skill set for de-stressing from a very strenuous work day - not recommended. Not fun. Terrible experience - I would not recommend this workshop to anyone with self-esteem. Very immature and unprofessional instructor!!

5/11/2017
Anonymous

Attended: After Workshop: Sew a Tote Bag


They provided materials which was cool... but it was essentially scrap pieces. I would say this class isn't for the upmost beginner because it's more of a guided sewing session, it didn't feel much like a class. There wasn't a pattern or measurements to follow. We had to kind of make up our own sizes, which would had been fine had I been prepared. I don't know what measurements tote bags typically are..It was very basic, no lining no pockets no zippers, a fold with sewing two sides. I picked up a few tips from participating but it just felt like practice not a lesson. I prefer a little more structure especially with the high price of the class for what was covered.

4/15/2017
Amber C.

Attended: After Workshop: Shibori Dyeing


Jennie was informative, sweet and attentive to everyone in th class. The space is small but makes it feel more intimate; like you're all friends. Booked my second class the night I took my first one. Will definitely share with all my friends!

4/8/2017
Amy W.

Attended: After Workshop: Leather Wallet


It was a nice beginner's class! The instructor, Kat, was very nice and informative. She went over the basics of leather crafting, and gave a lot of tips throughout the class. Everyone got to make a little wallet or a simple clutch with the provided templets, materials, and tools. Some even had time to make a 2nd piece or at least the choice to cut some extra materials to work with back at home. It was fun and I felt that the three hours just went by so quickly. It definitely makes me want to learn more about leather crafting.

4/8/2017
Anonymous

Attended: After Workshop: Leather Wallet


Excellent Class. Kat was a great teacher. Very patient and always happy to show us how to fix any problems we had with our projects. Class topic was interesting and very fun. Time just flew by and was over before we realized.

3/27/2017
Camille D.

Attended: Felting


The instructor was great to work with.She made sure we all understood her demonstrations and gave all of us individual attention. Loved it and look forward to taking another class there.

3/26/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Natural Dyeing 101


Great class. Instructor extraordinarily knowledgeable and talented. It was a great learning and great fun.

2/22/2017
Sasini T.

Attended: After Workshop: Crochet Rag Rugs


I made a little rug! Yeah! Instructors were very good at helping us, being patient, and encouraging.

2/18/2017
Erin R.

Attended: Intro to Macrame + Knotting


This class was great. Learned a bunch of basics and how they can be expanded upon. The class size was small so we were able to ask lots of questions and get the attention we needed to fix our mistakes and make a great project. I would recommend this class for anyone looking to understand more about macrame or just learn a fun new skill.

1/29/2017
Jennifer T.

Attended: Silk Painting


Amazing silk painting class by Naomi Clark. She is very experienced and is a wonderful teacher. Thanks!

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505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Textile Arts Center
Gowanus, Brooklyn
505 Carroll St
Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Teachers at Textile Arts Center

Lindsay Degen Addison Walz Adrienne Antonson Adrienne Sloane Ahna Hughes Aimee McLaughlin Alicia Scardetta Amanda Denham Amelia Reyes Andrew Benincasa Annie Egleson Barbara Pearsall Blair Wilson Callen Zimmerman Candice Thompson Cara Piazza Caroline Kaufman Chi Nguyen Chris Moffett Chris Claire Schipke Clare Frost Colette Aliman Constance Sepulveda Dee Clements Denise Maroney Elena Kanagy-Loux Elise McMahon Ellyane Hutchingson Emily Fischer Emma Redmond Erin Considine Etta Sandry Fay Koplovitz Fay Koplovitz FIT Professional Speakers Fort Makers Francesca Capone Hae Jung Shin Hannah Schultz Helen Dealtry Ilana Kohn Isa Rodrigues James Bickham James Bickman Jamie Lau Jennie Maydew Jennie Maydew Jessica Marquez Jessica Dell Jessica Marquez and Rebecca Kelly Jodi Usher Joetta Maue i Joetta Maue Joey Casey Joey Korein John Bartlett Julia Elsas Julia Silver Gordon Juliana Sabinson Kaelyn Garcia Karen Young Karyn Lao Kat Roberts Kate Phillips Katharine Lentini Katherine Levinton Kathryn Malik Kathy Hattori Katrin Reifeiss Katy Fischer Kayla Carpitella Kelly Valletta Kira Baker Kira Silver Kira Silver Baker Kristen Lombardi Kristen Arnett LeBrie Rich Lily Piyathaisere Lindsay Degen Linh Truong Lisa Sikorski Liz Smith Liz Spencer Liza Sikorski Lynn Hunter Lynn Hunter Maeve Broome Malika Green Mandy Kordal Maria Biehn Mark Schuyler Mark Schuyler Matt Tommey Megan Piontkowski Megan Canning Michael Kehrlein Molly George Mr. Chris Ms. Shannon Murphy Theil N'Ketiah Brakohiapa Nadia Albertini Naomi Clark Natalie Stopka Neil Goss New Friends Nicole Asselin Nina Zilka Nina Zilka Olgalyn Jolly Owyn Ruck Pam Paterson Penelope Reichley Peter Lappin Peter Olsen Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer Polly Fossey Rachel Milano Rachel Rose Rachel Miller Rebecca Ringquist Robert Fullem Sara Peterman Sarah Hein Sarah Bahr Scarlett Larson Sewing Seeds Staff Shabd Simon-Alexander Sheridan Black Shiva King Simone Evans Solange Roberdeau Tali Weinberg Titania Inglis Toshie and Marico Chigyo Travis Boyer Victoria Manganiello Vien Le Wood Visnja Popovic Whitney Crutchfield Zoe Latta
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