Make and Wonder was founded by Nicola Kirk. Nicola is a primary school teacher, and is passionate about 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 wanted to create open-ended opportunities for children to explore and create that would support children’s confidence in exploring and making mistakes. 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, nicola noticed how inspired her daughter was by the stories of female role models life journeys. Nicola wanted to combine process art with the stories of creative role models.
These creative kits then became focused on creative female role models, after Nicola soon discovered that so many creative females are unknown to us all. 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. Read more about their 5 female artist campaign here.