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Super Seconds Festival Shout Out - Abby Sumner


Super Seconds Festival by @inkandbear 1st and 2nd April. An illustrated megaphone in blue, pink and purple is in the bottom left corner with purple and hot pink lighting bolt shapes coming out from it and the words shout out. Underneath this is a pale box with the text featuring Abby Sumner. In the centre left of the image is a round photo of a white woman with long blond hair with a friendly smile and surrounded by her risograph work.

I once again have the great privilege of taking part in the fabulous Super Seconds Festival organised by Sophie at Ink & Bear on 1st and 2nd April this year, mark that date in your diary folks!! Being part of Super Seconds is an utter joy and was definitely a highlight for me at the end of last year, as well as the boost in sales, which in these difficult times is a life saver, it's the wonderful and supportive community of makers that Sophie has helped to bring together that really make the event shine. There is a real air of excitement in the lead up to the big weekend everyone is cheering each other on, getting excited about each others work and just being thoroughly good eggs. So in the spirit of the occasion I have decided to put together a blog series highlighting just a small selection of the incredible 250 makers that are taking part, first up is the talented and joyfully colourful work of Abby Sumner.

A photograph of a white woman with long blond hair and a friendly smile surrounded by her vibrant and geomaetric risograph work. They are displayed on a table top at a market.

Abby is a printmaker and multidisciplinary designer creating colourful risograph prints, greetings cards and stationery. Her studio is based in Cheshire, where she works as a team of three alongside “Maz” the MZ770E risograph printer and Barney the ragdoll cat. Her work is incredibly vibrant and greatly inspired by architecture, geometry, pattern and typography - all of which feature heavily in her designs.

A joyfully colourful selection of risograph greetings cards by Abby Sumner. Bold geometric and typography designs in neon pinks, yellow and blue. With messages on the frint saying Happy Birthday, To the newly weds congratulations, thank you, happy birthday to you, congratulations, good luck and mum.

What is your earliest creative memory?

Making handmade cards for everyone in the family at Christmas - younger me would've never thought I'd be doing it for a living in the future!!

Colourful Abstract Risograph Print by Abby Sumner which has swirls in neon yellow, green blue and pink overlaid, creating a mixing of colour and against a predominantly bright orange background.

What fires your imagination?

Architecture, travel, experiencing colour within the environment, flicking through design books!

Set of four mixed pattern designs of washi tape by Abby Sumner. Bright vibrant colours of pink, blue green, yellow and orange create modernist geometric patterns across the four different washi tape designs.

What Super Seconds deals should we look out for from you?

Lots of vibrant risograph prints particularly one-offs and samples - also the return of the surprise greetings card bundles!

A beautiful and vibrant selection of Abby Sumner's work laid out as a flat lay. The designs are bold and geometric risograph pieces in neon pinks, purples, blues, green and yellows, and include prints, notelets, greetings cards and a 2023 calender.

I think you'll all agree that the zing of vibrant colour in Abby's work is a much needed mood booster in this rather grey and chilly morning here in the UK, at least where I am! Colour can be such a powerful tool in lifting spirits and putting that skip back in your step and Abby's crisp clean and beautifully bold geometric designs would give anyone a massive case of heart eyes. So why not pop on over to her shop and recce it out ready for the big Super Seconds Festival event on 1st and 2nd April, hope to see you all there!!

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