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.

27 April 2015

The Thingamabob

I picked The Thingamabob up in a charity shop by fleeting chance (all decisions are quickly taken with a child in tow!) ... and it's beautiful.  I thought it would be a book that Liam and I enjoyed and Feets endured, but no, she loves it too.  A beautiful book for children indeed.
... And so it led me to, firstly start including twiddles and twirls in my doodles, and secondly, finally (well, just now), look up Il Sung Na.  Now I'd like to collect all his books.

9 April 2015

Tiny Turners at Orleans House

IMG_7444 IMG_7438a The theme of Tiny Turners and a (lovely) exhibition at Orleans House, by Katie Sollohub responding to Turner House in Twickenham, is no casual starting point for a 2-hour workshop with up to 30 children aged between 4 and 7. I gave it my best shot! Lots of experimentation, lots of mess and lots of fun led to these concertina books that demonstrate painting tools such as fingers, twigs and cotton wool buds, in response to still life objects that you might find in Turner's house.

2 April 2015

Origami Bride and Groom

IMG_7404 IMG_7406 My brother- and sister-in-law got married in Canada couple of weeks ago and were keen to let me get involved in some way ... with something small but crafty that could fit in our luggage as we crossed the ocean. So I was given an open remit to create the cake-toppings. With a theme of Japan, it seemed the perfect opportunity to try an origami bride and groom, and I was thrilled to find the brilliant you-tube videos of Tadashi Mori to help me create something suitably special!