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 September 2011

Working with Wire

IMG_3412For a display alongside the upcoming exhibition, Flux, Flow, Flight, at Orleans House Gallery, I was asked to make wire sculptures inspired by the lesser known works of Alexander Calder. Enthusiastic about the challenge and the opportunity for my gang, I was nevertheless a little apprehensive that it might prove a tricky way to start the term. Once again, however, my teenagers came up trumps and produced an incredible array of wire creatures, demonstrating their total versatility and willingness to try something new.
Here, you see pieces by Oliver, Isabella and Leonie, from top to bottom.

26 September 2011

Su Blackwell

Continuing from last weeks post, Mysterious Paper Sculptor, I was moved to look up Su Blackwell, mentioned in the original article. Another mesmerising, fantastical creative who literally brings fairytales to life from the pages of books. This one is called "Out of Narnia", but I highly recommend visiting her website and losing yourself in this utterly magical world. I really would love to spend a weekend crafting from books ...

23 September 2011

Rebecca Rabbit

Art 001 Inspired by Agatha Bibabbington, by my friend Rachel Craddock, I made a sock rabbit for my friend's daughter Sophia ...

19 September 2011

Mysterious Paper Sculptor

Mysterious paper sculpturesIt seems that Banksy has taken to the delicate world of papercraft! This amazing artist has taken to leaving anonymous gifts carved into books, in the libraries and cultural institutes of Scotland. I know the idea of cutting into books pains some people, but nobody could be anything but delighted with the intricate beauty of these masterpieces, each bearing a subtle message in defence of the fragile future of libraries.
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13 September 2011

Fimo Fairytales

Fimo Fairytale 003A glorious day bringing fairytale characters to life in fimo, with cute backdrops in which to make their homes. Above, the three bears outside their castle; below a fortune teller at work...
Fimo Fairytale 002(We won't mention adventures with interns, burnt fimo, toxic fumes, fire engines, ambulances and new ovens, except to say that all's well that ends well!)

11 September 2011

Fabric Sketchbook

Art 002With a week of Welsh camping ahead of me, it occurred to me that it might be fun to create a sketchbook that didnt die in the rain. And so, my fabric sketchbook, quickly put together from scraps of fabric along with a little set of threads, waterproof pens, acrylic paints and, because I love them, luggage tags.

5 September 2011

Woven Wonders

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Something I've wanted to do for ages ... get children weaving into household objects. But space and storage issues so often intrude into workshops that I had to wait until a full day with a large room and lots of children. And then we got going. Linking to the British Tapestry Group exhibition in the Stables Gallery, my 5-8 and 8-11 year olds explored a range of approaches to weaving and wrapping, including a collaborative project with objects ranging from lampshades to bins, and umbrella and a spatula. Here is our final masterpiece!
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2 September 2011

Jackie Morris and the Seal Children

My recent (extremely lazy) holiday on the glorious Pembrokeshire Coast allowed the discovery of Jackie Morris, exquisite writer and illsutrator now living in the area. She, too, is drawn to fables and folklore and the richness and depth of her paintings makes me determined to persevere with my novice ventures into watercolour. This illustration is from The Seal Children, my holiday souvenir. I am also drawn by her blog, Drawing a Line in Time ...