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.

27 April 2012

Palaces, Princes and Princesses

IMG_3866In this, the year of the Queen's Jubilee and the multidue of connected exhibitions, we led an Easter workshop inviting children to let their imaginations free, and dream themselves into royalty! Using a range of printing from foam, to polyblock and two forms of monoprinting we created a selection of prints and then compiled them into a conconcertina book.IMG_3892

24 April 2012

Monoprinted Vase

IMG_3837In time-honoured tradition, I 'made' my cousin's wedding gift ... stealing a technique from my colleagues at Orleans House, I monoprinted an array of flowers and foliage onto tissue paper, before pasting it onto a white vase and varnishing it. It's an addictive technique, I can tell you!IMG_3835

21 April 2012

Painting the Mind

IMG_3979 IMG_3977 Easter Holidays, and I led a workshop 'Painting the Mind' to link with our Art and Soul exhibition. 16 young people monoprinting in a very small space ... a lot of mess! But I was very inspired by the range of prints they produced.IMG_3975

17 April 2012

Giant Chess Pieces

One of my Orleans House artists, Anna Saunders, has achieved one of my long standing daydreams - to collaboratively create a gigantic chess set. I think her pictures look stunning!I will still, one day, develop costumes with an entire army of children, and then carry out a life size chess match on the chequered floor of the Octagon room at Orleans House ...

10 April 2012

Peter Penguin's Journey

IMG_3829I made this book as an example for the Crafts Table for my cousin's wedding, but I had so much fun making it, that I couldn't resist sharing it!

6 April 2012

More of the Landscape Installation

IMG_3782A few more snippets from the Adventurers' Landscape Installation - left, the cooperatively created 'birds eye view' and below, the screen printed backdrop.

3 April 2012

The Grand Landscape Installation

IMG_3785My Adventurers Art Club and I spent the entirety of last term working towards a 'grand landscape installation', which we spent a glorious hour putting together with the help of George, inspirational volunteer, in the last Art Club of term. I have never known a group as young as this to be quite so brilliant at collaborating, and the joy in watching them debate where to put things and how to arrange them is the best return for hard work that anyone could ask!
IMG_3793The project began with drawing our dreams and aspirations, inspired by an exhibition in the Stables Gallery, and then using torn up photocopies of these to create papier mache hot air balloons. Meanwhile, we created a collaborative scree printed landscape to form a back drop, painted toilet roll middles to hang as part of the sky and the trees, and constructed a 'bird's eye view' of Richmond for the ground.