Email: maisysummer@mac.com
I am a freelance Illustrator & Animator, based at Marketplace Studios, Stockport. Alongside this I'm a teaching assistant on the ‘Illustration with Animation’ course at Manchester School of Art. 
My practice interests are illustrating, documenting & collating stories of independent venues: the people, places, histories, & their narratives. Resulting in a range of outcomes from publications, 3D character installations & murals.  I also design work for clients such as Paperchase & Hallmark on cards, animations, journals, & diaries.

This process of documenting through on location drawing then investigating, evolving & shaping into projects, began with the renowned Manchester Northern Quarter’s ‘Night and Day café. Once fish & chip shop come jazz bar, to now eclectic & electric Manchester music venue. Through ongoing observational drawing plus interviews with the owner & promoter of the venue. I translated the history & voices of the venue into an illustrated publication, laser-cut characters (both small & life size), plus a series of prints. This process has been translated into other briefs, as a way to promote and celebrate the space. These include a publication for book shop Magma, a mural for community project 'Open Spaces', & hoardings for the re-development 'Hilton House' in the Northern Quarter. ​​​​​​​My illustrations are predominately constructed from paper, essentially drawing with scissors! I let characters and objects evolve from this process. I enjoy mixing different medias from traditional, to digital, to create unusual outcomes & textures. 

Shortlisted for the AOI's World Illustration Awards in partnership with the Directory of Illustration - in both 'Book' and 'Site Specific' Categories 2019 and work exhibited at Somerset House, London and continuing with the WIA UK tour.
Winner of Undergraduate Cass Art Sketchbook Prize of Manchester School of Art 2018. ​​
Winner of Hallmark Studio Award New Designers 2018 (Week 2)
One half of @smallfrycollective  www.smallfrycollective.comCollective putting on creative and Musical Events
Featured in: Creative Review, New Designers Show Guide University Highlights, Living EtcBecks BekreativNeighbouringMMU, Campaign, Hallmark, Ditto Mag, Open Spaces - Stockport Documentary   
Animation Work Experience: ‘Clockwork Frog’ - Instantprint Ad & ‘Factory Create’ - Disney Club Penguin ​​​​​​​
Currently stocked in: Afflecks Manchester (as part of SWALK Collective), Magma MCR, Market Place Studios, Corner/Shop No 70,  Rare Mags, Velvet Fox Interiors, M.A.D.E Cirencester, Handmade Nottingham, Bury Art Shop, GK Gallery & Curious Collection Withington
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