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.

28 September 2013

Book Arts at the Summer Exhibition

Returning to my discoveries in my visit to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, I thought I'd turn to book arts.
I think my appreciation of the book arts will be satiated when I've made a few more artist books myself; for now, even the relatively traditional interpreta-
tions of this art form make me want to get stuck in with transforming a book.

Alexander Korzer-Robinson is a very patient man!  I love the way he takes the imagery that exists within the book and, through paper-cutting, transforms it from a book into a stage.
It's always nice to see a familiar 'face'; I first came across Claire Brewster's work in the Mind the Map exhibition at the London Transport Museum a year ago.  It seems she still makes beautiful paper cuts, often of birds, usually from maps, thus tying together the favourite themes of myself and Mr Liam my husband!
The work of Francisca Prieto made me want to up my ante, return to origami and take on imagery at the same time.

25 September 2013

A Canadian Sketchbook

A quick little sketch from Banff, on my recent trip to Canada.

21 September 2013

Summer at the London Transport Museum

IMG_0447As part of my role at the London Transport Museum, I wrote three drop-in activities for families visiting during the summer holidays, and then trained a team of freelancers and volunteers to deliver them.  To tie in with the 150th anniversary of the Underground, each activity celebrated one of the engineering achievements that made and make the London Underground a success, linking with a specific display in the Museum exhibitions.

This activity, 'Tackling Tunnels', focussed on the cut and cover techniques used to make the early underground tunnels.  Following a storytime narrated by a tunnel labourer, families were tasked to build their own tunnels, strong and big enough for a small wooden train to pass through...

3 September 2013

Madge Gill and Cyanotypes

IMG_6258 IMG_6265 For an upcoming exhibition about the work of Madge Gill, I was asked to work with a group of children to create Madge Gill inspired fabric that could be transformed into a dress for display. The monocolour of cyanotypes struck me as the ideal way to interpret her work. The children recreated dreams that they'd had, traced them onto acetate and allowed the sun to transfer them onto fabric. I loved the way the work of each child harmonised on the big pieces above, and we still managed to give each person their own piece to take away.
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I remain an eternal fan of the imaginative drawing of children. Above, the sense of design, space and proportion of sisters Jasmine and Kira particularly caught my eye.