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 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