My Story

Hello and Welcome In!

I am Shanese Lawson-Smith, co-owner and creative experience director at Lola Designs.    The Lola Designs Creative Play Studio is the outcome of a lifelong journey as a maker/crafter/DIYer.   The studio is my opportunity to share the joy of creative play with the people of Bloomington/Normal.  Having tackled over a dozen creative disciplines through 40 years, I’m totally convinced that:
making time for creative expression is like taking your mind on a playdate

fun art is always a low-risk, high-reward activity, and

the only thing more energizing than crafting, is crafting with friends
Our Creative Play Studio is a place where these all come together.  But you don’t have to take my word for it - I invite you to come in and see for yourself. Until we meet over paints, papers, scents or beads…wishing you all joy.
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