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





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

Across America

Interested in Across America, a photo collection catalogued by Claes Källarsson on his Road trip across America (and back) in 66 days; April 28th to July 2nd, 2009. It's particularly interesting to me, if you really look, the way his compositions allow you to sorta follow the horizon along for a good bit of his trip. ——


Happy Anniversary, Stephanie & Corey 

Hard to believe it's been two years already! We had a ton of fun putting together the details for Stephanie & Corey's wedding, which was held at the City Museum here in St. Louis. You might remember their save-the-dates, which I shared here along with some 35mm shots. Pictured above is, what I like to call their "sophisticarnival" invitation and RSVP ticket. And below, an image I snapped on their wedding night smoochin on the ferris wheel, atop the city.  


Festival of Nations / 22 weeks


Well, I'm still winding down and catching up from the whirlwind that was last weekend, bear with me. We had a jam packed schedule despite the heat warnings, and now that its Friday—and damn near the weekend yet again—I'm finally able to slow down and share a bit. 

So, about last weekend: we had a yardsale with our neighbors which went pretty alright although we opted to pack up at noon because of the heat. Our favorite customer being an older gentleman with a tiny weiner dog named Snaps who was tryin like hell to low ball us on everything from shoes to toasters. I fought the urge to just give him whatever he wanted. Once we packed everything up, Jon and I grabbed lunch and layed around a couple hours because that night his band got to play under the arch! Apparently it was one of the last events they'd have until the Arch Grounds construction gets underway; pretty awesome. On Sunday we walked to the Festival of Nations at Tower Grove park, where I always look forward to ogling over the racks of tiny handstitched cotton Ecuadorian dresses. Last year I snagged one, but this year I held off since our babe is... a boy. That afternoon we got to catch an unexpected solo show by Cat Power, a longtime favorite of mine. She came to show support and stand in solidarity for Ferguson and all that has been happening there; a really intimate set.

Everything is so exciting and I'm wanting to document as much here as I can (now that I'm past the halfway mark) although lately I'd rather pour through hundreds of interior images on pinterest as I'm anticipating our move, and arranging a brand new space. I've also felt a bit of hesitation to share too much of my excitement, at least online, because I've felt a little guilty being so excited and happy at a time that is so intensely sad for so many, especially in St. Louis. I haven't wanted to come off as being insensitive. But I'm choosing to believe theres a hell of a lot of beauty at the bottom of all the pain and that the events that have unfolded have awakened awareness and will spark a change in the racial divide, here and everywhere. We, like every able human, want to raise our child surrounded by as much love as humanly possible. And with that being said, below is another image at 22weeks, happy, with a monstrous snow cone. 

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