April Sproule is an artist whose medium is textiles. She has a great love of design and the many ways it can be used to enrich our lives. She has been creating with fiber since she was old enough to hold a needle. April’s her early professional training was at the San Francisco School of Fashion Design, and she continued her education by studying textiles, art, and business.
For 20 years, April was employed by several different fashion and accessory manufacturing firms in the United States and Canada. Her area of specialization was design/new product development. Since 2001, April has been a full-time studio artist who works as a designer and workshop facilitator.
Taught to embroider by her grandmother, April returned to her love of hand stitching in 2014 as she began incorporating embroidery into her textile art and upcycled clothing. From there, she developed a collection of Contemporary Hand Embroidery patterns, the Contempo Collection, and began teaching others her particular style of embroidery.
Artist's StatementMaking art allows me total freedom: the freedom to be optimistic about the outcome of my work as I am flooded with fresh ideas and insights. There are no boundaries or limitations, and every challenge presents an opportunity for me to find a new solution. Artistic exploration has taught me to appreciate being totally immersed in the process of creating with little or no concern with the end result.
I enjoy experimenting with fabric dyeing, painting, block printing, machine quilting, and hand embroidery along with many other processes. Most of my work is inspired by nature, and I am finding simplicity to be much more alluring than complexity.
My studio was designed specifically as a textile arts facility, and it is my creative sanctuary. The room is filled with wonderful light and surrounded by enormous trees that shelter the space from the noise of the busy street outside. I feel very fortunate to be here and to do what it is that I do best: create, and share it with others.