M. Frances Foster

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

Here I share various visual exercises,
new works, and 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

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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





An ode to the almighty cherry

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The Loved One / Lydia Goldblatt / lipstick hands /  //+ Freshly Squeezed, Instrumental; Twin Peaks Soundtrack

So far, my one and true craving since being pregnant: cherry (pie).... as it turns out, it doesn't even have to be pie; black cherry soda tastes pretty right, too. We started rewatching Twin Peaks on Sunday, maybe that subconsiously had something to do with it. Anyhow, I wanted to put together a little moodboard to capture the craving, and realized it was also a Twin Peaks moodboard. Cheers to a couplea celebrated classics. 


Instant evidences, lately

Generally posting recent thrift finds, peeks at processes, and evidences of life and of living over on instagram. Been following along?  


Table of Titles / a growing catalogue 

I'm not sure if I've mentioned before my innate appreciation for book title pages: it is a real and true love of mine. I've collected from secondhand shops stacks on stacks of books of which I've admittedly had no interest in their stories, but for their title page(s) alone—dedication pages a distant second. Theres something about the worn type, the thoughtful placement, the font choices, the way some have deteriorated throughout their shelf life and how and where those discolorations and markings have been made. The obsession(?) got pretty serious, and I decided to start archiving the pages rather than the books (you're welcome, Jon). I now have a growing stack of fairly organized manilla folders chalk full of titles, and have been enjoying using some in my new work. Maybe sometime I'll share photographic proof of the piles. Until then, I've started archiving them here (very slowly/when I remember) if only for the purpose of trying to capture and share their pure and simple beauty. / /  // +



New Work // Vess Soda Bottle

book title pages, found papers, glue, pencil, gouache, acrylic on 7in plywood dot

My submission For The AIGA St. Louis Design Week Dot Show. The St. Louis Chapter of AIGA organizes an annual, week-long event—St. Louis Design Week. As part of this years offerings, they organized The Dot Show Art Party, showcasing artworks created by a selected group of St. Louis-based designers and artists. Held in conjunction with St. Louis' 250th Anniversary, participating artists donated their dots depicting their chosen city spot—a favorite or most inspirational location in the St. Louis area. The dots were bid on Monday night at the opening, silent auction style, all proceeds benefiting AIGA Saint Louis' Student Conference, Scholarship, and Mentor Match Program.

Goes a long way to make friends

Vess Soda Bottle, 1953  
City Landmark
520 O'Fallon St. 

A little history on the city spot I chose to depict: A giant replica of a family-sized Vess Soda Bottle. The bottle was constructed by Treesh Neon Sign Co., erected at Hampton Av. and Gravois Blvd. in South St. Louis in 1953, when it was believed to be the largest, revolving, lighted bottle in the world. At night it was lit by more than 600 lineal feet of neon tubing. After being in storage for some years, it was re-erected in 1989 at its current address, 520 O´Fallon. It is mounted on a pole similar to the original, but no longer rotates.   *From Vess Soda Bottle Landmark file in the Cultural Resources Office
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