One of the activities that my kids and I like doing best is crafts. So when we were sent a box by Lots of Lovely Art (LOLA for short), the girls fell on the glittery cards and fluffy balls whilst I admired the clever way famous artists had been woven into the themed materials. Each box contains three artist-inspired projects revolving around a central theme with a selection of materials and instructions to enable children (aged 4-12) to be independently creative at home. Inspired by the work of well-known artists, kids can weave like Anni Albers, paint a portrait like Frida Kahlo or make paper cut outs like Henri Matisse.
Alara and Selina, who set up LOLA, are sisters-in-law who are both creatively inspired mothers. Alara set up her own studio in Istanbul doing art workshops with children before moving back to the UK in 2017. Selina studied at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art before becoming a graphic designer. They both feel passionate about the importance of children learning art and, frustrated by the arts cuts in the UK, decided to set up a company that did workshops and through the boxes, enabled them to have a greater reach for art education.
The boxes are great gifts either for your own kids or somebody else’s. They also make a great idea for parties (you get discounts for bulk buying). You can buy a one off box, subscribe for 3,6 or 12 months plus at the moment if you sign up before 1st February 2019, you can get up to 20% off. Happy crafting!