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.

30 July 2014

Coat to Bag

IMG_6765Probably my most ambitious sewing machine project to date, I turned one of Liam's old coats into a bag as an anniversary gift. Secretly rather proud of myself! IMG_6766

23 July 2014

Dinosaur Raah!

IMG_6736Feets and I were lucky enough to intrude on the final stages of putting together Dinosaur Raah!, the new 'recycled' exhibition for children in the Stables Gallery at Orleans House, imagined and created by Michelle Reader and assisted by a host of school children. We went straight for the touchy-feely mats and Feets lay gazing into the teeth of a hungry creature while chewing on a fish of her own.

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I always find Michelle's work refreshing, and her approach to everyday materials inspires my own. This exhibition is certainly another feast, I think my favourite part being what she managed to do with rubber gloves!

12 July 2014

New Georgians at Orleans House Gallery

IMG_6748 I took a flying visit round the New Georgians exhibition at Orleans House and was absolutely mesmerised by the playful and imaginative work of Michael Coldman, who has completed a residency on the theme of the Georgians at the Gallery.  An entire array of chintzy china, mixed integrated in some cases with stage set drawings, and at other times brought to life by characters as eccentric as corks and pipe cleaners, and frequently contemporarised by quotes which gave narrative and humour to every scene.  A hilarious collection from someone who doesn't take himself or art too seriously!IMG_6744

9 July 2014

A Dress for Feets

IMG_6723I'm afraid I've never been one to follow patterns, in sewing or knitting or anything else, so I've generally steered clear of dress making and stuck to making small edits to my clothes. However, having a baby seems to be the perfect opportunity to experiment with shapes on somebody who simply doesn't mind the outcome! I made this dress with the aim to avoid buttons and poppers, but perhaps I'll up the anti next time ...

2 July 2014

Another Mobile

IMG_6682 We often leave Feets to sleep in the buggy, in the corridor at the bottom of the stairs. Not a charming location. So I made her a mobile to cheer her waking moments ... Never mind the pretty colours, the meaty challenge was in figuring out a system to hang the multiple pendants at different heights. Very satisfying!