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.

4 June 2014

Beautiful Books for Children

Having a baby provides me with the perfect excuse to indulge my love of beautiful children's books.  But over the past few years, it's dawned on me that often the books that I find most beautiful are not necessarily the books that children go for themselves.  What I admire is a beautiful and creative visual style, and it seems to me that children often go for more representational imagery - entirely understandable that they are excited by things they can recognise.

Discussing this with a friend the other day we observed as well that characters with big eyes are often the most popular with children - of course, eyes are surely one of the first things they engage with.  So I filled a page of my sketchbook (not worth sharing, I'm afraid!) with creatures with huge eyes ...

Anyway, I thought I'd disregard these thoughts completely and share a few of the gorgeously illustrated (in my, terribly grown up, opinion) books that I come across.  Starting with these two ...

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna - this is a beautiful book, I could share every page!  I love the distortion of imagery, the mix of drawing and collage, and the wonderful character of the lion who follows through each page.

And I was rather delighted to come across a series of 'Babylit' board books - again, surely more to be appreciated by the grown ups than the children but whyever not?  And since Feets' maternal grandfather is nicknamed Huck, she of course had to get him The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a gift!