Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working in museums, galleries and the arts, an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects, and a parent to two young beings who can't help but influence her creative journey.

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.

29 March 2011

Oliver's Heroes

Oliver's Sketch I continue to find my days cheered by the spontaneity and imagination of children's drawing. This is Oliver's sketch of himself as a King, clearly conducting a lurid battle. I particularly fell for the horse, entering right stage ...

25 March 2011

Going on a Bear Hunt

We're going on a BEAR hunt ... ... we're going to catch a BIG one ... ... I'm NOT scared ... ... Oh NO ... ...
Bear Hunt 003 An enormous pool of slirpy, sloppy, soggy water ...

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A twisty, tangly jungle ...

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Ah, the bear ...

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Phew! And home ...

A two hour workshop with toddlers to turn Heathfield Children's Centre into a stage set for a Comic Relief Bear Hunt!

14 March 2011

Artists Boxes

I've been playing with the idea of an 'Artists' Box', as a development to an 'Artists' Book'. I'd like to to develop boxes which reflect each of the birds I fell in love with as I travelled down South America. Today, in checking out what other people have been up to in this area, I came across John Dilnot, who is similarly intrigued by both birds and boxes. I like the combination of paper illustrations and real trees ...

11 March 2011

The Infinite Possibilities of Polyblock Printing

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When my teenagers played briefly with polyblock printing a couple of weeks ago I was really impressed with the way Lucy turned a very primitive, if effective method into something really beautiful, simply by layering prints in different colours over the top of each other ...

8 March 2011

Jungle Collograph

Jungle Collograph 002 This is the result of one of those lucky moments, hopefully familiar to us all, where in the excitement of a reasonably new discovery, we embark on a massively ambitious project. Dream about it day an night, injure our necks from leaning over it 12 hours a day, and suddenly realise when we've nearly finished that this was really rather stupid because it will probably all go horribly wrong. Well it didn't go horribly wrong, thank goodness. Inspired by the dense foliage of Ecuadorian Jungle, this is a work in progress, with a happy start!

1 March 2011

Golden Swans and Blind Vultures

Last week's Holiday Activities at Orleans House saw my 9-14s group creating illustrations of Indian Folktales inspired by the enormous, eccentric works of Piyali Ghosh, which form part of the Journeys exhibition.

In a day which used printmaking, collage, painting and drawing, as well as getting to know their folktale of choice, we had a grand old time! Here are illustrations of the Golden Swan and the Blind Vulture.