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 August 2015

Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

IMG_7640I've finally cottoned on to evening openings as the perfect, peaceful way to give myself an 'artist date' and avoid the struggle of simultaneously entertaining a child AND gaining artistic inspiration! I loved the Sonia Delaunay exhibition - particularly for the fashion and textiles - the planning sketches and the patterns on fabric.

23 August 2015

Kusadama Exploration

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I wouldn't call it creative exactly, but I find origami therapeutic in the repetitiveness of folding, and fascinating in the endless mission to create new shapes. So, not satisfied with having figured out one kusadama ball, I thought I'd try another!

16 August 2015

Jacob's Blanket

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My colleagues and I seem once again to have developed a tradition of handmade, collaborative gifts for big occasions.  So we decided to each knit squares for a blanket for baby Jacob.  This evolved into an, epic, time-consuming project but also a fabulous one that reminded me of all the best things about crafts.  Several people learnt to knit for the first time.  I foolishly agreed to be the person to sew the squares together, and found myself learning new stitches to do this.  But, never one to do the work alone when it could be done collaboratively, we spent many lunchtimes in Covent Garden Piazza, crocheting round the squares (yes, several people learnt to crochet) and then stitching them together.  And, several months after Jacob's birth, here's the blanket!
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9 August 2015

A Little Gift for Daddy

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As we walk through the park, I've coped with Feets' love of picking up rubbish by taking it from her and putting it in the nappy bag.  Unfortunately this has evolved into Feets collecting things specifically FOR the nappy bag.  So I began to keep the bits that she collected and put them together as a little gift for Liam!