Hello! My name is April Hannah Llewellyn, april h l for short.
I grew up crafting & creating just outside of the geek haven of Huntsville, AL, in between reading lots of books and playing in the woods. Then as now, I'll read just about anything (fantasy and sci-fi are my favorites), and would dabble in any medium that catches my eye. 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.
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. Much of my academic pursuits have explored crafter culture: an alternative to mass-market consumption, a tie to feminism and community building, and the blurry boundaries between art and craft.
After graduating, I returned to exploring illustration, jewelry making (including chainmaille), and sewing as creative passions. These days, the magic of the natural world, the brooding and the fantastic, and poetry and prose inspire my imagination most. I am also motivated by Chicago's DIY and local arts scene; in particular, building consent culture in and out of the burning man community. Many of my evenings are still happily making things and watching movies with my cow-kitty Sam though.
I am thankful to share this life long love of making with you.