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 January 2012

Mistress of Mosaic

IMG_3654[1]The first week of exploring mosaic with Octagon, and I was blown away by how the group took to arranging chopped up flyers into magical worlds. Jasmine started out reluctantly, and by the end of the session she had the entire staff at her command in her mission to acquire more red. And it was worth the effort!

27 January 2012

Wire Masterpieces on Display

IMG_3634In its last week, I thought I'd attempt to record my 10:15 Club's work on display in the ongoing Flux, Flow, Flight exhibition at Orleans House. It was hard to photograph due to the spotlight, but I'm really impressed and proud of their wire work.

23 January 2012

A Quick Linocut

001A quick linocut ... printed onto tissue paper and used to adorn a vase along with the prints of my colleagues, a gift to our departing Schools Coordinator.

20 January 2012

Mixed Media Wishlist

IMG_3639Art Club are exploring their dreams and aspirations in a mess of mixed monochrome media ... these are they!IMG_3638I believe we have a flight, a guinea pig and a cat, artists to be confirmed.IMG_3640

10 January 2012

The gigantic visions of Sean Michael

Recent recruitment for freelance artists allowed me to soak myself in creative inspiration as I browsed numerous portfolios and dreamed up infinite new projects. One that caught my attention was Sean Michael, builder of enormous collaged landscapes that make you feel you are living a fairytale.
And, as much as anything else, I loved the concept of a '40 hour drawing' ...

6 January 2012

Grown-ups can have fun too

IMG_3632We finally held a long-awaited skill sharing day among the Education staff at Orleans House. We had much to report back on, from the inspirations of the Engage conference to the aims of the Challenging History project. But then we were allowed to play, and at last Rachel could show us the fun she'd had with the team from Quay Arts, who led a workshop at Engage.

Potatoes! Who would have thought they could lead to such creative freedom? These little, non-descript roundish-but-not-round-enough objects generally used to introduce tinies to printmaking. Also commonly used for eating. And, as it transpires, distinctly useful for infinite creative purposes. We found ourselves using them as joints in willow structures that reached the ceiling, and we found ourselves dipping them in paint and rolling them across the floor to create a plethora of twisty, turny patterns (and a lot of mess).

3 January 2012

More Christmas Crackers

IMG_3616Having made over a hundred crackers in workshops, it was an easy step to make eighteen of my own ...