Mary Frances Foster

For the month of August, a series of guests will be filling in on DWL with daily posts. Today’s posts come to you from Brad Surcey of Zeus Jones. For more from Brad, be sure to follow him on Dribbble and Twitter. Enjoy!

There is a feeling in the work of Mary Francis 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.

Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Dribbble to see from Mary Frances.


  1. 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.

  2. So glad you featured Mary’s work—I’m a huge fan. She has such an amazing and honest way of evoking an emotion through such beautiful visuals.

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