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.

2 November 2013

Margaret Nicholson

I indulged in the treat of visiting the Knitting and Stitching Show for the second time in a year, this time at Alexandra Palace.  I managed to be completely full of inspiration and ideas before I'd evenhanded over my ticket, largely thanks to a retrospective exhibition in the forecourt of work by Margaret Nicholson.
I don't feel these images do justice to the detail, breadth and style of the exhibition, but they will have to simply give a taste ... Much of her work (eg, above) was the intricate, painstaking work of On Nue, a technique I'd never come across before and will never have the patience to try, in which silk threads are used to couch gold bands onto calico.  Despite the hours spent on these however, the work that really appealed to me was the goldwork embroidery - not only the technique, but the designs, inspiration taken from her travels and the journey from design to final execution.

I've treated myself to a few golden threads ...