M. Frances Foster

Designer, maker and denim enthusiast
based in the middle of the map.

Here I share various visual exercises,
new works, scrapshots of places and things; evidences of life and living
in St. Louis, U.S.A.

A complicated, romantic thing involving
paper scraps, stringed instruments
and phases of the moon

We work in the dark. 
We do what we can.
We give what we have.
Our doubt is our passion.
Our passion is our task.
The rest is the madness of art.


Henry James





*recent work -- identity: Lonesome Traveler 

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of designing an identity system for Lonesome Traveler, a collection of menswear accessories—namely neckties—handmade by Jenny Hill, here in St. Louis. I worked alongside Jenny to develop a brand family of icons and a custom script to complement her handsome line of ties that she can be found selling at craft shows most often in and around St. Louis and Chicago. And of course on Etsy! I've shared a few more images as a case study over on my new portfolio site, here.
All images here, I've taken in my makeshift photo studio, with the exception of the newlyweds, of course. Go get you a tie! // /   


A portrait of she, before

preserved instant film negative; Wildwood, Missouri, 2014 / photo by Jon Bonham

We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience. Or at least we do for awhile.  

...In what would probably be the middle of my life I wanted still to believe in the narrative and in the narrative's intelligibility, but to know that one could change the sense with every cut was to begin to perceive the experience as rather more electrical than ethical.


excerpt from The White Album, Joan Didion


you got it!

A ✻ OK  //  digital illustration ©2015 // happy friday! 


recent work -- fine art/digital collage: LITAL vinyl anthology

Swift River, Run; 2015  / digital collage

Artwork created earlier this year for inclusion in LITAL, a vinyl anthology collaborative effort between St. Louis musicians and artists. I was paired with Ou Oú's song, Loci—the last track on the album.

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What I think I heard was an underlying energy eventually erupt into a majestic, mechanical forest with a hundred flocking feet in the foreground. 

What I thought I saw were warmly dressed groups gathered to gawk as few fearlessly waded the waters of a glistening geyser, awaiting the expanse of a wet hot mountain clap up and collapse like red dust upon them and into the earth. 

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