Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition- Tara Lynne Franco

Name: Tara Lynne Franco
Occupation: Maker of pots and objects in clay, amateur aerialist and proud Ontario government policy wonk.
Age: 44
Lifestyle: Single with no children but always busy and up to something whether it be doing my day job with the government, or heading to the studio to put my hands in clay,  to enjoying the sites, sounds, and deliciousness that Toronto has to offer, dangling in the air by trapeze or silks, or making good, healthy food at home to share with friends.

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Midi Skirt in Bird Print in Charcoal by Toronto line Desserts & SkirtsOrganic Cotton and Bamboo V neck in blue from Pallette by Laura JeanUniversal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz MeNecklace from Torched Studio.

Tell us about your pottery business!

I began working with clay in 1997 however it wasn’t until 2006 that I officially opened my business after graduating from Sheridan College in Crafts and Design.

While I haven’t been working full time in my craft since 2011, I’m constantly designing new work, exhibiting and selling my work either through galleries or directly through shows, studio tours or special events such as the West Hamilton Artist Tour that I’m on the organizing Committee for.

I use form, texture, surface design, and colour to create contemporary ceramic works that are both an enjoyment to the eye and a pleasure to use everyday.  Recently I’ve been working on new tableware – my Tattoo Series.

These pieces are layered with decal reminiscent of tattoos featuring florals and other graphic patterns. I will be further exploring the series when I travel to China this May on a ceramics study tour and residency.

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Nanomia Cropped CardiganParalomis Tunic (tucked in) both from from Toronto label Jennifer FukushimaDenim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts & SkirtsNecklace from Torched Studio.

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What’s a typical day like for you?

The best answer for this is that there is likely no typical day. If it is a weekday you’ll find me getting up in early in the morning, having my morning espresso and a healthy breakfast and then heading to work for a full day of busy, constant activity in the Deputy Minister’s Office in a large ministry.

Once I make it out the door at the “end” of the day,  I’ll head home to make a healthy dinner or out to do something – either the studio, aerial or out to meet friends.

Weekends are more of the same with a little less work. I like to shop and prep healthy meals on the weekend. I’m current loving Joy McCarthy’s new book Joyous Health. And of course when I need some down time I’ll hit the couch and catch up on my favourite shows on Netflix

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Stefi Denim Jacket from Canadian brand Soia & Kyo; Earrings from Jon Klar

What in your life is really important to you?

Connections are the most important thing to me – Spending quality time with friends and family. A healthy lifestyle, eating well, and keeping fit are also very important.

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Angle Hem Top made in Toronto by It Fitz Me; Jewellery, Torched Studio;  Floral Pants from Hue.

What appealed to you about the Fab & 40+ Style Profiles?

I’ve loved reading the profiles of all the cool, awesome, amazing women with such interesting and diverse lives. What also struck me was how busy these women are and how many things that they are involved in. I think this says a lot about women in general and the things that we take on. We are never just one thing!

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Julie Tunic in Cockatoo Print from Toronto label Desserts & Skirts

What do you love most about being in your 40’s?

I love being my true self. I’m never afraid of dressing how I want, doing my hair how I want and behaving how I want (even if that means just hanging upside down on a children’s playground so I can get my aerial fix).

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Lexi Tunic Dress in Black & Grey by Toronto brand Studio Fresh.

And I feel like I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been and how to stay that way.  I have a better appreciation of how I look – even the things that aren’t perfect (or at least those that I think aren’t).  I also feel very sexy – probably the sexiest I’ve ever felt in my life.

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Midi Skirt in Bird Print in Charcoal by Toronto line Desserts & SkirtsOrganic Cotton and Bamboo V neck in blue from Pallette by Laura JeanUniversal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz MeNecklace from Torched Studio.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I’d like to be remembered as a good friend – someone that is there when you need them. I have so many people in my life constantly providing joy and happiness and who are always there in times of need.

I’m very appreciative of that and want to be seen as the same for others. As an artist I’d like to be known as somebody who is creative and makes great work.

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Stefi Denim Jacket from Canadian brand Soia & Kyo; Earrings from Jon Klar

What role does fashion play in your life?

While my style has changed over time, fashion has always been a big part of my life. When I was younger I actually wanted to be a fashion designer and used to design my own dresses and collections.

While I never became that, I’ve always felt that I had a keen eye for style and knowing what suits me. I have what I would call a fun, eclectic wardrobe.

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Nanomia Cropped CardiganParalomis Tunic (tucked in) both from from Toronto label Jennifer FukushimaDenim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts & SkirtsNecklace from Torched Studio.

On one day you might find me  dressed up in a rockabilly/pin-up style dress and the next day wearing jeans and a blazer. Dresses are probably my favourite thing and I have quite a collection of various styles

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Julie Tunic in Cockatoo Print from Toronto label Desserts & Skirts

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I like that what you’d find Fresh Collective is not what you’d find elsewhere in the city. Great Canadian designers are also a factor.

It’s always great walking into a store and liking almost everything. That’s what I felt when I walked into Fresh Collective.

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Lexi Tunic Dress in Black & Grey by Toronto brand Studio Fresh.

What do you have that you want to promote? 

Firstly I’d love to promote my own business – Tara Lynne Franco Ceramics! Check out my website, my Facebook page and my Instagram!

I’m always open to making commissions and if people are interested in my work they can contact me directly and I could let them know where they can buy it!

As I also mentioned I organize an annual artist studio tour in Hamilton – the West Hamilton Artists Tour. It is Mother’s Day weekend every year www.westhamiltonartiststour.com.

This year we have an amazing line-up of over 30 artists. Our biggest tour yet. Totally worth making the trip to Hamilton!

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Angle Hem Top made in Toronto by It Fitz Me; Jewellery, Torched Studio;  Floral Pants from Hue.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I wonder what I could tell you in addition to what I’ve already said??

While Hamilton is my hometown, but I’ve finally made Toronto my official new home and purchased a two storey condominium downtown that I love!

I’m obsessed with Canadian lit and read it almost exclusively and have been doing that for almost 10 years!

Where can people find you on social media?

Website: www.taralynnefranco.com

Facebook @taralynnefrancoceramics

Instagram @taralynnefranco

 

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