Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working with museums and galleries, and an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects.

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.

20 August 2012

Bridesmaids' Gifts

Our wedding owed a lot to the marvel of modern Britain that is charity shops. Knowing that something shared between my bridesmaids and myself was a value of finding the perfect bargain, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you've bought something beautiful without adding to the creation of more junk for our world, I wondered whether it was too cheeky to give them carefully selected gifts from charity shops. I decided, with a bit of thought, that they'd appreciated it!IMG_4110 Early on, I found a brooch, which throughout the wedding preparations became something of a talisman for me. I was fascinated by the unusual clasp, and its style seemed to represent everything we were considering for our wedding. I didn't wear it, because it remained an idea that I could give it as a gift. But only if I found a second, equivalent gift could I give them to my bridesmaids.
Well, thankfully I did. And I took great joy in making each a piece of felt with a small hidden pocket and a note of thanks tucked inside, before clipping each brooch to the felt and packing it into a matchbox.