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 May 2013

Indian Sketchbook: In Praise of Birds

India07My final sketchbook page for the time being, I gathered so many birds from the walls of the palaces I visited, that I was moved to reconstruct them into an exotic 'wallpaper'.

25 May 2013

Norman Ackroyd in Rye

Meandering round Rye last weekend, we came across a beautiful exhibition of etchings by Norman Ackroyd in the Rye Art Gallery. Very simple, I don't so often go for photographic landscapes in black and white, but the intensity of atmosphere in these was unmissable.  It made me love the wild weather of our nation once more!  Although this picture is from Ireland ...

21 May 2013

The Eternal Magic of Weaving

IMG_5952Make and Create have been weaving. Our numbers creep up from term to term, but squeezing 17 people into the room remains an entirely relaxed concept when everybody slides in and instantly opens up their project, as if they can't wait a moment longer to get started. IMG_5954And it never ceases to amaze me, the variety of styles that can be found in one group of people trying something new for the first time.

Above, Lourdes at work, and below, Fi's finished piece.

17 May 2013

Indian Sketchbook: The Red Fort of Delhi

India01Sometimes my addiction to drawing with one continuous line seems a little stale and unadventurous, so I spice it up with a selection of drawing media and several continuous lines ...

10 May 2013

Indian Sketchbook: Waiting for a Train

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A delayed train in India triggered me to brave the staring curiosity of the other passengers and take our my pencil and paper ... I noted the colours and later filled in my sketches. India10

7 May 2013

Indian Sketchbook: Taj Mahal

India02I have recently returned from an inspirational and long-awaited trip to India with my Mum. Over a few blog entries, I'll share some pages from my sketchbook ...

I found that every space in the Taj Mahal and her grounds was filled with a different design of floor tile.  So I collected the tessellations, and continued them later with tissue paper.  I think there's enough material in floor patterns alone to fill a life time of travel and exploration!

2 May 2013

The Inspiration of Plastic Bags

IMG_5370 My final inspiration from the Knitting and Stitching Show ... Royal Museums Greenwich had a stunning display and participation stall filled with the crocheted bags of Akleriah. IMG_5369Joy! Here at last, people who knit with plastc bags and ambition!

My crochet and knitting has some way to go before I can create pieces like these but this moment reinvigorated both my determination to conquer these traditional techniques, and my inspiration to keep alive my collection of coloured plastic bags. Oh dear, more hoarding.