Hello! My name is April aka april h l.
I grew up crafting & creating just outside of the geek haven of Huntsville, AL, in between reading lots of books and frolicking in the woods. Then as now, I’ll read just about anything — then more fantasy, now more sci-fi, and always non-fiction about a wide variety of subjects. I would dabble in any creative medium that caught my eye: illustrating, painting, sewing, jewelry making, printing, and more.
My next step in my artistic endeavors was studying art at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and becoming involved in Huntsville’s DIY communities. Much of my artistic pursuits explore crafter culture: an alternative to mass-market consumption, a tie to feminism and community building, and the blurry boundaries between art and craft. So in 2009 I moved to Chicago to study Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College, where I wrote and illustrated a book about gifting in creative communities as part of my MFA thesis.
These days, I am most inspired by the magic of the natural world and by Chicago’s DIY and local arts scene — in particular, building consent culture in and out of the burning man community. When not advocating Ask First, many of my evenings are spent happily making things and watching movies with my cow-kitty Sam.
I am thankful to share this life long love of making with you.