Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working with museums and galleries, and an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

9 July 2018

Mind the Gap

One of the most creative projects I've worked on recently, Mind the Gap is an interactive adventure which I worked with immersive theatre company Specifiq to develop for London Transport Museum.

It was an awe-inspiring journey in so many ways - absolutely amazing to bring school groups into the empty Museum Depot, and to watch their reactions as they arrive; magical to transport them on a journey of imagination that generated quotes such as 'Miss, I'm a bit scared but I think it's going to be alright' and 'do you know where she is?' as well as 'I thought it was going to be boring but it was the best day ever'; and a true adventure to me to work with Oscar and Becky, co-directors of Specifiq - to think outside the box and watch some loose ideas shape into real-life adventure, as well as to learn so much about the world of immersive theatre.

Sessions are on a 'soft launch' this term, with full operation from September.

I am now back (part-time) at the London Transport Museum as Schools and Interpretation Manager, which allows me the joy of seeing how the sessions unfold over the coming year!

5 June 2018

Playdough Fun

20180519_103124 20180519_103124 20180519_103124 Feets' playdough set has kept us happy for a long time. One of those sets I would snottily say 'we don't need to buy it, we can make it'. But then I so rarely made it, and before you realise it, time has passed and your precious children are deprived of playdough! So she gratefully received a 'cooking' playdough set, complete with pasta maker and moulds for all sorts of food. Which, this time, we joyfully subverted into faces. A collaborative effort, of course!

29 May 2018

Garden on a Plate

20180510_143751Did we all do these when we were little? It's such a funny, random, theme for all those summer shows. A flash back to the 80s - or did it continue to the present?! 20180510_145737
Anyway, since Feets decided to start collecting blossom so she could plant it in the garden, I suggested making a garden on a plate. It kept us all very happy for the best part of a day, despite the need to keep Bean away from Feets' plate, which was of course far more intriguing than her own! We went to the park to collect sticks, stones, fallen blossom and leave, and then made playdough to plant the broccoli and blossom into. 20180510_143615 The whole project came to life when we thought to bring the fairies and dinosaurs into it, and then build a bridge between the plates, and then bring out a saucepan of water to form a river under the bridge ...

(and yes, Bean tried to eat the broccoli!)

22 May 2018

Granny and Me: The first two pages

I've been working very hard on this! And we are nearly there. This book has been an amazing learning journey for me, and a beautiful story to tell. Scanned from a Xerox Multifunction Device I thought it was a story for one special child, but I realise it is a magical way for any child to explore loss, grief, missing people. Scanned from a Xerox Multifunction Device (1)

16 May 2018

a book - a gift - a memento - a puzzle

20180423_204206 I made a book for a friend's hen party. Her hen do took the form of a 'treasure hunt' across London, with clues that she had to solve to find each location. This book therefore needed a format to present each clue, with the answer to be found separately. Great chance to use pockets and tags! Every page had two pockets, with the clue on a tag in one pocket and the answer in the other. 20180423_204059 Using eccentric photos of the bride and her friends seemed a good way to make it light, humorous and bring all the group into it - always nice to have a memento from the day!

1 May 2018

Katie Morag

It's been a while since I've posted a beautiful book for children, but since we're on holiday in Scotland, I'd like to share my latest inspiring book ... well-known and well-loved, I believe, it's Mairi Hedderwick's Katie Morag.

As is so often the case, these fabulously illustrated stories of a much loved world far removed from our own London life, are familiar to Feets and me thanks to CBeebies,  but I've only ever seen the books in passing.

Take a look some time - and see how many different media she's managed to incorporate into one picture!