Dawn Frary is an artist, photographer, death doula, and tarot practitioner based in Iowa. Her work is strongly influenced by nature, mysticism and the occult, folklore, the natural rhythms of life and death, seasonal and lunar cycles, and the subtle energies of the natural landscape.
As a photographer, Dawn’s work has appeared on Atlas Obscura, MTV.com, the Travel + Leisure website, Offbeat Bride, Poppytalk, The Film Shooters Collective, Analogue Sunrise, Big River Magazine, Little Village Magazine, and the Official Website for the Villisca Axe Murder House, as well as in a few books, including the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History’s Window to the World.
Collaborating with Little Village Magazine’s Creative Services Division allowed Dawn to produce advertorial content for a number of Iowa City businesses, including Short’s Burger & Shine, Buzz Salon, Discerning Eye Optical, Revival, The Broken Spoke, Hotel Vetro, and Joseph’s Steakhouse. Dawn has also worked with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, GSpot Hair Design, Bustleworship, the Iowa City Zombie March, as well as various Iowa City recording artists and authors.
Since 2006 Dawn has volunteered as a wildlife caretaker, rehabilitator, and educator, working closely with owls, hawks, vultures, and other birds of prey.
A lifelong student of the occult and mysticism, Dawn began offering her services as a tarot practitioner in 2018. From October to December 2018, Dawn held four pop-up events at various businesses in downtown Iowa City – some of which sold out. Visit Dawn’s Folkloracle website for more information or to book a reading.
Also in 2018, Dawn received certification as a Death Midwife and (as of January 2019) is currently working to develop and launch a death doula & end-of-life planning practice.