Tory Franklin’s Lanterns are narrative compositions that are collections of modular elements unified by pattern, print and scale. Vignettes are built with layers of 2D planes created with dense patterning combining handmade and computer cut elements. By utilizing industrial processes such as adhesive cut vinyl, CNC routing and laser cutting she merges her traditional printmaking background with the 21st century, creating architectural scale work with intricate detail to draw the festival goer in for a closer look.
Tory Franklin’s narrative work incorporates a diverse amount of media unified by her use of pattern, print and scale. There is a constant skipping between the hand made and computer produced elements in her work with the site dictating which process is the victor.
Since returning to the northwest in 2010 she has focused on public installations inspired by folk tales. These temporary works were created for Arts-A-Glow, Mad Art, Storefronts Seattle, Storefronts Auburn, SoundTransit, The VERA Project, Spaceworks Tacoma and The Renton Arts Commission. In 2014 Tory completed Four Seasons, a year long window residency at 826 Seattle, which changed every few weeks focusing on four international tales themed to the seasons throughout the year. For this body of work she received a City Artists project grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and a 4Culture project grant. In 2015 she created her first permanent window piece with her sister Eroyn Franklin for Harborview Medical Center, utilizing digital prints on clear vinyl to create a stained glass like glow which led her into other light based projects. In 2016 she created a set of story lanterns telling the tale of Vasilissa the Brave from computer cut plastics and she is currently formulating other ways of working with light based installation work.
Tory received her BFA focusing on drawing and photography in 2000 from Cornish College of the Arts and her MFA focusing on print and paper installation in 2007 from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers. She is the Evening Print Resource Lab Technician at Cornish and volunteers her screen printing knowledge for The VERA Project and fabrication and trouble shooting skills for Short Run Comix & Arts Festival.