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.

28 November 2012

Soap-Carved Chess Pieces

IMG_5154I have long dreamed of a project in which we dress up as chess pieces and play life-size chess on the floor of the Octagon Room. Well, this week, we began. We got to know the chess pieces through drawing them, and explored the idea of carving through carving into soap and semi-hard clay. IMG_5163

25 November 2012

The Great Plaster and Toilet Roll Experiment

IMG_5136 Some time ago, I promised to share my ongoing adventures in plaster. Well, here is step one - clearly a work in progress, but it was so exciting to put into action the first steps of the ideas in my head! Above, the experiment in which I tested what materials would best insulate the toilet rolls against the sogginess of plaster. Below, the plaster cylinders after the tubes had been removed. Still with cling film tea-lights in the top, as one of my thoughts is to make tea-light holders. IMG_5137

18 November 2012

Table Decorations

IMG_1124From the moment we got engaged, my crafty friends were demanding to know when we would have a 'making things day' to prepare for the wedding. Using tissue paper to turn jam jars into tea light holders became the collaborative 'didactic making things day' project. These are they - we made over 70 in the end. IMG_1126 These photos also display Liam's beautifully aged table names, a tribute to our affection for Lord of the Rings.  Also, flowers thanks to the dear Emma Stacey and old books lovingly collected from charity shops and my dad's inheritance from my grandmother.  Photos thanks to Pete Stevens and Andrew Mason.

14 November 2012

Stamping onto Fabric

IMG_5138 I led a stall at the Full of Life Fair in Twickenham, which promotes activities for older people. There I met Tim, a not-so-old volunteer, who mesmerised me with his liberated, colourful approach to using the stamps.

11 November 2012

Tea Cups

IMG_1104 One of my first wedding projects was for the tea tent. I, and several loyal guests, collected a wide assortment of tea cups from charity shops, and then I spent several evenings painting the monogram that Liam had designed onto the base of each. After adding a tag to identify it, then drinking from it, guests were invited to keep their cup as a 'wedding favour'. IMG_1058Photos thanks to Andrew Mason.

7 November 2012

Herne Hill Farmers Market

Looking forward to our new craft stall at Herne Hill Farmers Market on Sunday 11 November from 10am - 4pm. As well as my previously mentioned envelope projects, I'll be selling tea-light jam jars.  And Emmy will be selling her charm bracelets. We hope to see you there!
Jam Jar Tea Lights 1Our craft stall dates are as follows:
Herne Hill Farmers Market:
Sunday 11 November, 10am - 4pm
Sunday 25 November, 10am - 4pm
Dulwich College Farmers Market:
Sunday 16 December, 9am - 1pm

4 November 2012

Clay Vessels

IMG_5145 My return to Art Clubs at Orleans House Gallery began with this clay vessels project with the 5 - 10 year olds. IMG_5143

1 November 2012

Craft Stall at Herne Hill Farmers Market

Envelope Notebooks 2 I have been working on a new craft stall adventure, which will launch at Herne Hill Farmers Market on Sunday 11 November from 10am - 4pm. Celebrating my fascination with the insides of envelopes, I will be selling notebooks and origami decorations made from this wondrous resource. I will also be selling tea-light holders and Emma Sundt will be selling charm bracelets. We hope to see you there!