My name is Abril and I sew all you can see in Pepita Calabaza in my small workshop in Valencia. Although I studied History, I immediately realized that I wanted to work as an artisan, so I began to restore some pieces of furniture at an atelier, while I learnt to gild water and other techniques used in works and ancient objects restoration. I spent several years working among gold sheets, paint brushes and palette knives. Maybe that’s why I like everything that has to do with other ages and lives, handmade work and everyday objects coming from an atelier, the materials that are used and its stories.
Years ago my grandmother gave me her old pedal Singer and it immediately became my great friend. I enjoy the old sound coming from it while I’m sewing up. I feel it like I’m writing on the fabric. From there they have come from the first dolls and since then each of the characters that you can find here have been appearing: the bunnies, the cats, Olmo the bear, Coco the monkey and other dolls that emerge from my head and from my hands.