At Make + Wonder everything we do supports children’s creativity. We refuse to create creative kits and workshops where the goal is to make pretty pictures. We are always guided by the art being the means not the end. We make fun art kits, empowering art boxes inspired by female artists, run magical art clubs, exciting art parties, engaging workshops in schools, art galleries and museums
Make and Wonder was founded by Nicola in 2018. Nicola is a primary school teacher, and is passionate about the importance of creativity and children being able to lead their own play. Nicola began her obsession with children's creativity during her visit to Reggio Emilia, where she was inspired by the powerful learning that happens when children are given time to investigate and explore interesting open-ended resources. Nicola has led creative workshops for children with the British Film Institute, The Design Museum, The British Museum, The Tate Modern and the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Since becoming a mum, she noticed that her eldest daughter’s creative confidence really changed when she started school and she became afraid to explore and make mistakes. She went from creating huge hanging sculptures at home to feeling like she couldn’t draw. Nicola started making creative kits based on the educational theories she used when teaching: that promote confidence, well-being, growth mindset and curiosity in children. Around the same time, she noticed how inspired her daughter was by stories of female role models. This sparked the idea to combine process art projects with the stories of creative role models to empower and inspire children.
Can you name 5 Female artists?
Make + wonder creative kits are focused on creative female role models, because so many creative females are unknown to us all and we want to help children to learn from these artists. The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts.They have a clever campaign to promote women artists - read more about their 5 female artist campaign here.