Tara Lynn's Bio
Tara Lynn in the Sunlight.
Photo from Gary Lindsley
Tara Lynn’s fashion studio runs off solar electricity. The shelves are stocked with hemp, wool and organic cotton as well as colorful vintage and recycled materials collected over years of yard sale shopping. Hanging on the walls are meticulously organized draws of vintage buttons, lace, beads and trimmings. The ceiling is adored with inspirational images of wildlife hanging over a floor of antique sewing machines. Tara Lynn drapes her original designs on a dress form by the window.
Tara Lynn, a talented and innovative designer, is said to be the poster child for sustainable business in Northern Vermont. Born in 1979, she grew up on Long Island in Setauket, New York. She was making doll clothes before she fashioned her own garments in grade school. Tara Lynn earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design and a certificate in Ladies Tailoring from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Tara Lynn moved to Vermont with her husband Evan James Scheidet in 2001. Together they built her solar powered design studio and his solar electric automotive shop. All the wile the two were sharing a tiny log cabin without running water or electricity. The studio was complete when five of her creations were requested in the “Cat Walk on the Wild Side” 2005 eco-fashion show in San Francisco. Tara Lynn returned from California determined to go out on her own full time.
She received a marketing grant from the Vermont Woman’s Business Center. Six months latter her garments were accepted into art galleries, Paradise City Craft Festivals, and won first place in the Rags Wearable Art Show in Tacoma, Washington.
One of a Kind Show
Tara Lynn experiments with textiles and works her passion for nature into her creations. Her creative energy rises as she research’s environmental issues. Each garment is one of a kind. The artwork made both by hand and machine becomes a collage of quilting, printing, vintage lace, crochet or embroidery. Her favorite textile artist Annemieke Mein, Deidre Scherer and Dina Knap inspire her techniques.
Tara Lynn has been making custom hemp wedding gowns since 1999. In 2005 she launched a collection of wearable art jackets and coats dedicated to endangered species. Five percent of the profits are donated to environmental organizations including the Xerces Society and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. She has a second collection of wearable art jackets under the nickname Earth Bitch®. This collection is made of re-purposed materials and five percent of the profits are donated to the National Resource Defense Council.