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LoLA – Lots of Lovely Art aims to support creativity in children through art.

After more than 15 years experience teaching art to children aged from 18 months to 12 years in classes and in workshops, LoLA has become a hub of knowledge and experience in bringing art and culture to the young. Projects have ranged from printmaking to papier mache, from Matisse to Christmas decorations. Today, LoLA creates art boxes for artist-inspired projects at home.

Alara and Selina, the founders of Lots of Lovely Art, are creative mamas…and sisters-in-law.

Alara studied Islamic Art and Archaeology at Worcester College, Oxford. From there she went on to work in museums and on art books before she started teaching art privately and in schools. In 2005 she opened an art studio space in Istanbul (the first LoLA) which influenced the creative lives of hundreds of children. In 2017 she moved with her family back to the UK.

Selina studied first at Central Saint Martins and then at The Royal College of Art. She has been a successful graphic designer, both in studios and freelance, for the past 12 years from creating books for artists and photographers to campaigns for advertising agencies. 

Both Alara and Selina feel passionate about the arts and art education. They want to reach as many children as possible in the belief that process-based, artist-inspired experiences are an important way for children to develop problem-solving skills, analytical thinking, self-confidence and to have fun!

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We happily work with some wonderful like-minded creative companies.

At LoLA we have relished creating magical sketchbooks for Polar Post at both Christmas and Easter. Polar Post launched in September 2015 by the lovely Charlotte Wood, with the tagline ‘Letters Sent By Magic’. Their letters do not operate through a traditional postal service. The letters are sent by magic, the same magic that has kept Father Christmas alive for so long. By cherishing this tradition, children build up a collection of illustrated stamps, envelopes and letters so that hopefully one day they too will have a pile of blue letters that they can read and reread, a keepsake of their childhood and this most wonderful time of year.

edit58 was conceived by self-confessed interiors junkie and rug addict Lisa Mehydene. An avid traveller with an enviable eye for must-have pieces, Lisa launched edit58 as a platform to share the irresistible finds she’s collected, combined with her own unique design spin. By building relationships with craftspeople in the UK, Portugal, France, Turkey and one of her favourite places: Morocco, edit58 has flourished into a cult success story that’s no longer such a well-kept secret.

A former advertising director, Lisa is mother to boy/girl twins. Their home in south-west London is an inspiring canvas for the unusual discoveries that she has handpicked and which she styles together in the most imaginative of ways.

Sydney Piercey is a mother of three who worked as an au pair and a nanny before having her own children. She was born and bred in London, but now lives with her family in the South of France.
This wonderful woman and author helped us to create the furniture projects for the ‘Home-Made House’ box. She is passionate about re-use, creativity and pursuing a slower, more sustainable life. Her Instagram is inspiring in itself and she has already made a stir online where she is becoming known for creating toys for her children from cardboard. AND she has just released a new and wonderful book, ‘Sustainable Play’!

The wonderful Isabel of The Little Grand Tour creates engaging tours around art galleries and museums in London. Through a combination of listening, interaction and creativity, the tours are specifically designed for children aged 6-12 and their individual needs.

The Little Grand Tour enlists the help of fabulous ‘art wizards’ who engage children with carefully chosen artworks, many of which often tie in with artists featured in LoLA Boxes.

Each tour includes a cafe & postcard pit-stop. Parents/ guardians can enjoy free time either in the gallery or nearby. The drop-off and pick-up is at a set location – usually near the entrance to the museum. To find out more, visit thelittlegrandtour.co.uk

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