She's Got FLARE: Iris Fraser, Film Director and Artist

Fresh off post-production on her first feature film, this modern eccentric offers her design decrees and unlikely Toronto finds

Iris Fraser: 29, Film Director and Artist

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Iris Fraser

29, Film Director and Artist

While growing up in a supportive family of artists, Fraser carved out a natural path in creation, encom- passing everything from video to installation to photography. Brother Frank, her first feature film, shot solely on dreamy 35-mm and VHS, is being submitted for festivals this year, but the intrepid virtuoso and part-time gardener is hungry for her next project.

FLR03_050“I love the idea of someday travelling with my work, either to show or to make art in other countries,” she says. “This profession is very conducive to exploration.”

Natural beauty “Attitude is always the best beauty secret. That, and dancing with feeling. I also like to visit a sauna when it’s convenient.”

Fragrance fiend “There’s a number of exceptional compan- ies whose catalogues I’d like to own. Favourites include Diptyque, L’Artisan Parfumeur and Etat Libre d’Orange. Right now, I’m fixated on Le Labo’s Oud 27.”

Opposite tastes “Elegant and masculine. A bit severe and a bit fun. Clean lines and slightly off-kilter.”

Solo style “I’ve never received style advice worth listening to.”

Designer picks “Experimental and contemporary, like Jeremy Laing and Comme des Garçons.”

I’m always on the hunt for… “Job. Or boots.”

Active duty “My career is my hobby, but I’d love to take up sailing or dedicate more time to long-distance bike rides.”

Tune in “I’m really into Blood Orange lately, but I’m also vibing on J.J. Cale, whom I could listen to every day.”

Cultural musts “Artscape Gibraltar Point artist residencies, the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Double Double Land.”

Tea please “I indulge in yerba maté at El Almacen.”


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