Megan Dowsett is a freelance creative consultant working with museums and galleries.

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.

Her core values come down to two simple things:

People: At the heart of everything she does, people are there – be it audiences of any age or background, volunteers, staff or freelancers and apprentices. She believes that the best projects take everybody with them on a learning journey.

Creativity: In every role she’s taken, creativity has played a key priority. Working in Museums and Galleries, creativity brings a valuable opportunity to think about the same things in a different way.

Museums and galleries are the perfect place to bring the joy of discovery and magic of adventure to everyone who passes through the doors - and to invite those who haven't yet braved these sometimes intimidating buildings, to do so in a dynamic and inviting way.

Over twelve years working in these exciting settings, Megan has developed extensive experience in both managing and delivering creative projects that engage with a wide variety of audiences.

30 July 2012

Carnival Parade: South Africa

Some more of Carnival ... this is South Africa, and you might have guessed, the lion was one of our favourites, which I made with children of Orleans Infants School.
And below, the amazing safari animal paintings made by children at Darell Primary School with Caroline Jones.
Photos credit to David Shepherd

26 July 2012

Wedding Invitations

Print 1 Edited 2The grapevine may have muttered the news to you, but Liam and I tied the knot a couple of weeks ago. A joyous, historic and utterly unforgettable affair in my parents' Wiltshire garden, surrounded by a treasure trove of special friends and family, who braved the rain, many stomping around the garden in their finery and wellies.

IMG_3894 It was something of a DIY affair and I thought that, amidst the sharing of Carnival tales, over the coming weeks I'd share a few of the bits and bobs we made to put our fingerprints on our day...

It started with the invitations. Liam thought, with his love of logos and ciphas, that he'd design a chic and stylish symbol that neatly blended our initials. I thought, with my love of messy prints and bunting, that I'd make a radiantly colourful print that gave the vibe of a garden fete. So the negotiations started early. As it transpired, a layer of tracing paper was the perfect way to blend the two.

23 July 2012

Carnival Parade: France

I think France was one of my favourite Carnival projects.  It was a joy to work with Crofters and Octagon, and to share so much energy, liberating creativity and mess with these young people.  From papier mache food icons (yes, you really can see a frog - it's for the legs!) to the printed boxes forming the Eiffel Tower and the stripey t-shirts to the fake moustaches, never mind weaving with plastic bags, I think we managed to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time.
Photos credit to David Shepherd

20 July 2012

Carnival Parade: Kenya

Kenya in the Carnival parade ... I worked with Heart, a young parents group, to make enormous masai warriors and to explore the glories of tie-dying.  And with their children and an array of other family groups, we made drums from old postal tubes.
Photos credit to David Shepherd