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.

28 November 2011

Those Magnificent Kids and their Flying Machines

IMG_3479I gave them all the fun things we forget to play with these days ... post it notes (every shape and colour), sticky dots, letraset, marker pens ... and a few ordinary things. I asked them to let their imaginations go and invent a flying machine ...
IMG_3484Children's imagination is so liberating. I wanted to show you all their machines but here, for now, are Daisy's, Gaby's and Josephine's.

22 November 2011

The Latest in Textile Discoveries

Bonding Papers and Cloth 008I spent two glorious days at Morley College, learning how to 'bond papers and cloth' ... I had no idea what to expect but I'm always excited by the idea of discovering something I'd never dreamed of. And so it came to be; as if by magic, you can bond a sheer fabric to a photocopied picture and remove the paper from behind it. With all sorts of other side options, of course.
Bonding Papers and Cloth 001I should confess, neither of my experiments were free from struggles but I'm full of excitement about the possibilities. And I came to discover the full potential of heat transfer inks, something I've dabbled with but never really appreciated, along the way!

19 November 2011

Textile Extravaganza

Textile Hangings 005My 5-8s spent the first half of this term exploring famous artists through textiles. Can you spot the inspirations?!
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We looked at Kandinsky, Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse, and used a different textile technique to explore each ...

14 November 2011

Collographing Movement

SAM_0763Here are the final collograph prints by my 10:15 Club in response to the Flux, Flow, Flight exhibition. It's the second time I've worked with collographs with this age group and limiting the textures available helped enormously to avoid some of my previous problems.
SAM_0772Not all the prints were blue, incidentally, but these were the most effective! Here are works by Felix, Leonie and Sebastian.

11 November 2011

Felted Treasure Hide-Outs

SAM_0671The therapeutic effects of felting ... Half term saw two blissful two-hour workshops in which we made felt pieces with hidden pockets, and trheaded beaded treasures to hide within.

8 November 2011

Mum's Birthday Card

IMG_3439I thought I'd take a risk and share my Mum's birthday card before she's even received it! Mum and I have a long tradition of making each other's cards. But for me, I confess it usually means a last minute scan of the house for inspiration ...
IMG_3436 This time I stumbled across an old brochure for Kerala, picked up at a Destinations Exhibition. It seemed a stunningly visual opportunity to play with pop up. Techniques brazenly imitating David Carter's 600 Black Spots.

4 November 2011

Galerie Esperluette

I am lucky enough to be living in the home of Gethan and Myles while they take their creative adventures to Marseilles. And there, they have set up a gallery in the window of their house. Easiest to peruse if you speak some French!

1 November 2011

Pop-Up Madness

DSC_0035A fantastic day with an amazing bunch of 9-14s exploring pop-up. After going technical in the morning, learning how to create a range of folds, wheels and other surprises, we took to the spontaneity of collage in the afternoon before turning our extravagant backdrops into 3D scenes through pop-up.DSC_0030
These are the works, from top to bottom, of Isabella, Jesse and Andreas. Sadly it's hard to capture the 3rd dimensions of pop up in a quick photo at the end of the day.