Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working in museums, galleries and the arts, an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects, and a parent to two young beings who can't help but influence her creative journey.

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.

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

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

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!

9 August 2015

A Little Gift for Daddy

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!