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.

30 August 2011

Talent on fabric - Heat transfer inks in action

IMG_3316Exploring the vivid magic of transfer inks during the holiday workshops, I was particularly inspired by the creativity, vision and experimentation of two sisters. here are the fabric landscapes of Beth (above) and Kate (below).IMG_3320

16 August 2011

Printing the Torres

As I collaged my photos from Torres del Paine the other day, it dawned on me that the shapes I was cutting would also 'feel' rather landscape-ish ... and so, even as I tried to embark on a new technique, I found myself once more building a collograph. And the 'quick prints' I intended to make turned into epic adventures of intaglio exploration.
Torres 2
Above, the traditional black intaglio print; below, an initial experiment with black and white onto sugar paper. It's not a good print yet, but I'm rather excited by the effects and colours!
Torres 1

15 August 2011

Earth Sculpture

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Another day of elements, this time, Earth Sculpture ... With my 6-9 year olds, I felt they had used clay plenty of times so was out to try something new. Thus, the messiest day (well, another messy day) in Orleans House history, as we explored ways of using kinds of earth to make sculpture. Compost, the original earth, secretly embedded with seeds that, fingers crossed, will spring into giant bean stalks. And sand, the one material that every child already sculpts every summer, without an atom of encouragement ...
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13 August 2011

Characterising the Winds

Collograph 003Summer Holidays again, and a week of activities, 'Elements of Art'. So with the teenagers (well, 9-14s), we printed air, so to speak. I've long been drawn to the characters of the different winds as expressed in fables and drawn into the corners of ancient maps, so I asked my groups to think of how they could characterise the winds in the collographs. From the aggressive north wind to the cheeky east wind and gentle west wind, we had a lovely selection of plates to print from.
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As is often the case with collographs, some got luckier than others in the final prints they achieved form their plates, but here is one print and one plate, to give you a taste ...

6 August 2011

The surreal landscapes of Torres del Paine

Condor Landscape_0001I thought it was high time I shared something I'd been up to myself, so although it's very early stages in my latest project, here are today's collaged landscapes, using photos from Torres del Paine. This may, eventually, lead to a back drop for my condor box... one of my seven intended 'bird boxes' inspired by the birds of South America.
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2 August 2011

Home for Orphaned Dishes

I found another incredible exhibit at the Whitechapel and it made me smile. Alan Kane has collected the rejected pots from charity shops, and displayed them as you would archaeological relics. They look amazing. But not only that, he's opened up half the space to be filled by us, the junk-shopping public, and the relics we find in charity shops. What fun! So, I'm off to trawl the dusty shelves of Balham's charity shops ...