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.

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).