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Yvonne J Foster

Yvonne J Foster is an artist and a designer. She hand-makes miniature works of art, books and tiny boxes; creates graphic portraits; and uses art to process thoughts and emotions: expressing her feelings or leaving them behind and creating her own worlds. Yvonne’s first e-book ‘Inside' is a direct and unapologetic visual account of her experiences, thoughts and emotions following a breakdown. When not creating art, Yvonne works with local organisations to deliver Arts of Health programmes and artists facing barriers.

Posts by Yvonne J Foster

Shop ethical this Christmas

Shop ethical this Christmas By now we're sure you're well into the swing of present buying bliss, but if you find yourself struggling for gift ideas, Creative Future have a whole range of fantastically affordable and awesomely ethical limited edition prints that make wonderful gifts for art lovers.  And as an added bonus, they're ...

Ice Cream Artworks

I didn't realise... I've been busy making artwork over the past six months, I haven't had the ability to write anything. Not even to promote the exhibition launch of Creative Future's new online shop in May, selling the limited edition prints that I've been working on: My 'Ice Cream Artworks'. In the series I ...

Making in Miniature

I have a love of tiny things; I find them intrinsically beautiful. Especially miniature scale versions of something initially designed to be much bigger. I am in the process of making many small boxes filled with handmade and bound books, sketchbooks and other little oddities. At University I specialised in designing and making silversmithing and ...

Brain Landscapes

When the clutter in my head becomes so noisy that I can't function, I reach for a black pen and I draw. It begins to calm my brain, leaving me able to think a little clearer and continue engaging with life. I use repetition, in lines, crosshatching and scribbles. I call them Brain ...

Notebook words

Transition, Reflection and Storytelling

It seems that I have been in a period of transition and reflection. My most recent exhibition Drawing Insight at Pallant House Gallery has finished. Being part of a collaborative project with it's fair share of ups and downs, has left me with many questions. What do I do and why? is one that ...

What’s Inside Box #117?

The contents of Box #117 is the result of many months work as part of the Insight Project: a collaborate project developed by Outside In at Pallant House Gallery and University of Chichester. I was paired with recent MA Fine Art graduate Deborah Petch and supported by another graduate Rachel Redfern, ...

Portrait of Yvonne with blank eyes

My Misery Work

A few years ago I had a breakdown. Life had left me tangled up and in a heap. I began to make what I affectionately call my 'Misery Work'. Spilling out my emotions through words, scribbles, and altered photographs. I was responding to what life had thrown at me by creating ...

Portrait of the artist made with superimposed text

Yvonne J. Foster: Inside

‘Inside’ by Yvonne J Foster is an artist’s exploration of living with depression. Created using altered photographs, and scribbled images the book provides a direct and unapologetic visual account of life with severe depression documenting Yvonne's experiences, thoughts and emotions following a breakdown. A Brighton-based artist and designer living with mental ...