Maisy is an award winning Illustrator & Animator based at Marketplace Studios, Manchester. Working on projects across publishing, animation, murals, installation, print and pattern & editorial.
Maisy works closely with clients on projects that often have storytelling & community at their centre, she's created work for brands like Sunday Times & Paperchase, as well as independent Manchester creative hubs such as Hilton House & Magma.
Maisy has a handcrafted & playful approach to her practice, creating outcomes that are skilfully composed and produced. Working with a range of traditional to digital materials; often beginning with gouache, then mixed with a process of paper cutting, letting characters and objects evolve from this handcrafted process. This is then playfully finished with textures and other finer details digitally.
Two projects Maisy curated, illustrated and published were shortlisted in the AOI World Illustration Awards & STACK Magazine Awards 2019, & featured in Creative Review. Magma-Zine celebrated the self publishing community behind book store Magma. Night & Day told the history of electric and eclectic Manchester music venue of the same name. Originally a fish and chip shop come jazz bar, and now over the years had the likes of Elbow, Blacks Keys and Kasabian through its doors.
Maisy recently co-directed and animated an explainer animation for Food for Heroes a charity providing free meals to NHS staff. Her practice often has a focus on illustrating, documenting and collating stories of different communities, looking into their space & histories to uncover narratives. This process of investigating by drawing, is then built upon with interviews and research, & can evolve into a variety of outcomes; from illustrated publications, animation & large scale character installations. Alongside freelancing Maisy is a Teaching Assistant at Manchester School of Art, and has co-founded a collaborative creative network Small Fry, a collective putting on events, talks & workshops.
Co-founder of Small Fry - Creative Events, Talks & Workshops
Cap and Dove - Commissioned by Greater Manchester Arts,
Women in Print - The Pankhurst Centre, Magma,
Ensemble Design Studio - Hilton House, Sunday Times
Night & Day, Paperchase, Hallmark, Food for Heroes,
Positive Negatives - SOAS University London,
Manchester Metropolitan University
SHORTLIST & AWARDS
Shortlisted 'Best Use of Illustration' Stack Magazine Awards 2019
Shortlisted AOI's World Illustration Awards 'Book' & 'Site Specific' Categories, exhibited at Somerset House & WIA UK tour 2019
Winner of UG Cass Art Sketchbook Prize at MSoA 2018
Winner of Hallmark Studio Award New Designers Week 2 2018
"Maisy Summer’s charming paper cut illustrations are full of character" Creative Review
"Maisy Summer's charming illustrations for a new cookbook that showcases creative meals on a budget" Creative Boom
New Designers Show Guide University Highlights
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Benzie Building, Vertical Gallery, Manchester
Business Design Centre, New Designers, London
Somerset House, AOI Awards, London
Market Place Studios
Corner/Shop No 70
Bury Art Shop