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.

17 February 2016

Inspired by Joey

My talented Canadian nephew, Joey, sent me this copy of his artwork with my birthday card last year.  As you know, I have a weakness for black and white drawings, and for pattern, so his work caught my imagination ... Joey's Patterns ... and I decided to do one too, and send it back to Joey. I've been enjoying colouring in a lot later, so it felt like quite a natural step to 'colour with pattern' instead. And I've discovered lots of patterns in the process! I tried not to be lazy and copy all Joey's patterns, so (using the leaves from a Japanese Maple) I started out aiming for more curvy, circular patterns, where Joey's are more angular. But I couldn't resist looking to his artwork for ideas. Perhaps we all have an existing bank of patterns, and it was interesting to look out of my own mind and push the boundaries of my own pattern-making! Leaf Patterns I also discovered the new fashion of Zentangling, thanks to my mum. I've been a bit snooty about the idea of 'organised fun' around pattern drawing - and perhaps I still am, but through both Joey and Zentangling, I came to appreciate the art of developing more complex patterns than mere zigzag lines or rows of circles.

Perhaps the next challenge for Joey and me is to take on an Escher tessellation ...