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 January 2013

Natsko Seki

I have often passed the image above as I 'escalate' out of Brixton station.  I like it.  Finally today I searched the name of the artist, Natsko Seki, and found the website.  I like that too.  I like the sense of collage and magazine and watercolour, and digital reworking too.  So far, I've found three differences below ...

27 January 2013

Mouse Mischief

IMG_5252A little bit of silliness may have snuck into this blog ...

As Liam believes he sees mice in our kitchen about once a week, I thought I'd bring some 'real' mice into the house as a birthday surprise ...

A couple carved from soap, one stitched from
IMG_5250jersey fabric, a gathering of origami mice and a few suar and chocolate mice for good measure.

He said he'd never felt so pleased to see mice.

Since then, I saw my first mouse.

23 January 2013

Orleans House Gallery Art Clubs Colouring Book

Animals2Last term I realised a project with the Orleans House Art Clubs that had been in my mind for some time. I asked all five art clubs, 75 children aged between 5 and 15, to contribute line drawings of the Gallery and its surrounds, along with the creatures real and imagined who might live there.Surrounds 2

I compiled elements of all their work into a 16 page colouring book which they took home for Christmas.

Here, you see a page from the animals spread and another from the Gallery buildings and features spread.  Equally appealing was to spend a few hours when I'd finished, colouring it in on photoshop!

19 January 2013

Kusadama Ball

I spent December making Kusadama balls from old envelopes and maps.  Very time consuming.  Very, in my opinion, effective!

15 January 2013

Toilet Rolls, Casette Tape, Knitting Needles, Plaster

IMG_5214Some time ago I shared an early stage in my experiments with toilet roll tubes and plaster. Here follows a development. I found myself knitting from cassette tape, an intriguing material to work with - it feels incredibly expensive in texture and polish!

9 January 2013

Toilet Roll Diary

IMG_5240One week's visual diary ... drawn onto toilet roll tubes.

6 January 2013

Collograph Prints

November brought the arrival of Scissors Paper Cloth, my new art group for adults, and we began with an exploration of collograph printing techniques.
IMG_5181I was blown away by some of the outcomes, and by the enthusiasm and commitment of the participants, as they braved the risks of experimenting with materials.

And almost every time, the risks paid off!IMG_5182Sadly, I can't find photos of all the work, but everybody had something I would have loved to share here.IMG_5233These prints, top to bottom, are by Ann, Carole, Anita and Christine.IMG_5238

3 January 2013

Wendy Horler

As I finished writing my last entry and came to putting in the links, I made the joyful discovery that my friend Wendy has a new website.

And as I looked through images of lots of familiar work, I realised again how brilliantly her experimental, playful approach are infused all the way through with her sense of humour.  A few of my favourites ...

I love this picture, even more so because it's simply called 'Weird Flower'!
Wendy is, in my opinion, a 3d artist at heart.  It's tricky to choose a favourite, but we really overlap when it comes to our love of playing with ways to use the things we stumble across, whether scraps of metal or leaves from the garden.
This came from a dream, I think, one of the two paintings on display at Discerning Eye.