Mary Frances Foster is a freelance art director, designer and visual artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2006, she has had the opportunity to work within traditional agencies and boutique studios alike, allowing her to collaborate with an array of individuals and organizations, and in turn find a style all her own.
Fascinated by seeing people’s hand in the world, she enjoys searching out pieces of the past, paying attention, stopping to photograph passing signs and sights, and incorporating those influences where it may be appropriate, with a pliable approach to her projects; beginning always by hand.
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University of Mississippi
Center for the Study of Southern Culture
California Institute of Technology
Oxford Conference for the Book
TOKY Branding + Design
Broth Baby San Francisco
Main & Mill Brewing Co.
314 805 8026
Mary’s inspirational work features a whimsical sophistication and incisive intellect intertwined with heartfelt emotion. Her sensitivity to the rhythmic use of sentimental found items, thoughtful typography and original illustration creates beautifully lyrical layouts. Process and passion permeates her colorful decisions, whether it be in photography, writing, illustration, design or collecting. Eric Kass
Foster's work is fresh because she leaves questions to be answered and mysteries to be solved. Her work leans to the poetic, it's beauty pulled from her intense love of photography and found objects. In the hands of Mary Frances, disparate objects find a way to work together not just in visual terms but in a deeper, storytelling way.
There is a feeling in the work of Mary Frances Foster that is hard to pin down. It’s authentically rural, but doesn’t resort to tired Southern clichés. It’s elegant, but also unapologetically powerful. It’s subtly epic, but intensely personal at the same time. She chooses words with an upright honesty that communicates meaning far beyond their literal interpretation, and there are just enough unexpected elements in the layouts to keep you guessing. She has an aesthetic that feels all her own. In fact, the only thing I can accurately compare it to is listening to someone like Neko Case or Gillian Welch. Brad Surcey
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