April Allen is the sole proprietor of her small business, Stitched by April, and recently launched an online bead supply shop, Indigenous Bead Supply Canada. April is an Inuk, originally from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, a small community located on the North Coast of Labrador. She currently resides in Labrador City, NL.
April is a retired dental therapist, and now spends most of her time creating beadwork and sewing projects. She constructs many types of sealskin, antler, and beaded earrings and demonstrates a strong passion toward her work – valuing the extensive detail in which she creates with every stitch. For April, the art of beading is therapeutic. April notes, “My passion as an Indigenous artist is a result of the satisfaction of appreciating the finished product. When looking at my completed work, feelings of pride, joy, and contentment washes over me. These feelings are what makes this line of artistry worth the dedicated time and care that I give.”
Her mother spent much of her time sewing when April was a child, leaving April to demonstrate an interest in craftwork from a young age and learning how to knit and sew from her mother. Recently, they both participated in volunteer work to create facemasks for individuals residing in Labrador. April continues to learn from her mother and strengthens her connection with her culture through beading.