April Hartley is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Florida. As a child, she learned to sew at precisely the same time that she was learning to draw, speak and write. Consequently, she has come to understand sewing as yet another way to make a mark and relies on needle and thread in the same way that she relies on her pencil, brush, and printing tools in order to communicate. Her current practice explores traditional textile methods through a contemporary lens, reflecting her appreciation for modernity while longing for tradition and ritual at the same time. Hartley received her BFA from Florida International University in 2014. In 2015 she launched Hartley, a handmade leather goods business based in St Petersburg, FL. ( www.hartleymade.com )