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 2014

Dulwich Festival ... Artists Open House

I took myself to explore a few of the artists' open houses as part of Dulwich Arts Festival.  I love the pot luck and pick 'n' mix nature of tracing a route round a neighbourhood.  In honesty, I my lucky dip approach didn't leave me as inspired this time as it has in the past, but I did enjoy the work of Eleanor Winter, an illustrator with a particular heritage focus, who has been recreating some of the stories around the Holy Island of Lindisfarne ...

13 May 2014

Collage Friday

DSC_0990 DSC_0988 DSC_0991 Having left a trail of freelance projects for adults, I wondered how I might continue something creative and sociable once on maternity leave, with various of the people I've gathered along the way ... and so last Friday, I turned our house into a workshop space and hosted Collage Friday. An afternoon to delve into the collage boxes, mix and match papers, decorate boxes, create pictures, finish old projects. And, open to all, ages 0 upwards. I wasn't sure what to expect of the 1 year olds, but they managed to enjoy their own papery mess on the floor!

Above ... collage by Eleanor Salter-Thorn. DSC_0987

7 May 2014

Artist Textiles

My latest dose of inspiration was from the Artist Textiles Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum.  There's something quite amazing about seeing how artists whose styles are really quite famous and familiar adapted their work just slightly for the reproduction of domestic and fashionable textiles.  Never a particular fan of Dali (well, theoretically yes, aesthetically no), I found some of his textiles were among my favourite for the bold intrigue of his patterns.  This one in particular:
More predictably, I was mesmerised by the illustrative textile of the artists who worked for Piazza Prints - Saul Steinberg, who's work I've admired previously, and John Rombola, who I've never come across before.  I'd happily have either of these guys decorate my nursery!

Above, Saul Steinberg's Paddington Station and below, John Rombola's Circus.