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 October 2011

The Magic of Movement

JasmineIt's always a good challenge to undertake a more technical project with 30 6-9 year olds in one day flat. And this was no less of a challenge than usual, but we made it, thanks largely to the stoic determination of my amazing interns. Flying creatures, with wings that flap through a kind of chop-stick motion.
KhushiThe current exhibition at Orleans House, Flux Flow Flight, celebrates the capturing of movement through every form of art. With this as a basis, I remembered the butterfly puppets that flew through the puppet shows in Val Paraiso. They seemed so simple at the time!

26 October 2011

Halloween or Picasso?

Art 001In a challenge to imitate the styles of different artists through a range of textile techniques, here is Flossie's Picasso-esque portrait. I think it came out brilliantly, but it's sinister teeth do seem rather apt for this time of year!

23 October 2011

Capturing Movement in Monoprint

Art 007 My 10:15 group at Orleans House Gallery are working on printing projects in response to the new exhibition, Flux, Flow, Flight. Last week, we used monoprinting from photographs to see if we could create the effect of movement.
Art 008

Art 009As always, I was impressed by the varied and experimental responses. Here are pieces by Leonie, Micol and Amber.

18 October 2011

Penelope and Mariana

IMG_3419Moving house has kept me from drawing for a bit but I did spend a leisurely hour with my friend in Derbyshire, drawing from photos of her daughters. I'm not sure this is how I want to be remembered as an artist, but nevertheless, here are Penelope and Mariana ...

14 October 2011

Board Games and Beyond

IMG_3415The first night of Board Games and Beyond, a board games evening hosted by my friend Charlie Fish at the Ritzy, and I was mesmerized by Dave's contribution; as fun, playful, and inspiring as I might have expected from Dave. You won't be surprised to know that we can rearrange the letters as we like ... hours of fun to be had!

10 October 2011

Adventures in Blogland

I found this I-want-to-touch-it illustration one of those adventures in blogland, where you follow link after link and find yourself in an unknown landscape of glorious illustration. I will probably never find my way there again, but I thought I'd share my destination! This is In Disguise by Silje Nilsen.

4 October 2011

Revisiting my Childhood

In the throes of moving house, I crave a few familiar comforts ... so it seems a good time to revive one of my childhood favourite illustrators, Babette Cole. Most famous for Mummy Laid an Egg, our childhood evenings were filled with The Trouble with Mum, The Trouble with Dad, and the rest.
More recently my mum gave me the books they had from the time they knew Babette in Botswana, filled with stories of Nungu, surrounded by the exotic animals that filled my childhood dreams. These days, the Nungu books are my favourite of all. Perhaps they scratch my travel itch!