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.

29 August 2016

Nature Painting

IMAG0212 IMAG0222There have been moments when I've watched summer slipping away too fast, and with it the opportunity to make the most of our back yard space, where we're free from the anxieties of covering a rented house in paint stains. So finally, finally, Feets and I invited some friends over. In the morning we went to the park and collected seed pods, leaves, conkers, stones, feathers and the rest (okay, I collected most of these). Then we set up the garden for a painting frenzy and set to work with our collection. IMAG0226 IMAG0229 Feets still prefers to paint herself above all other things but nevertheless, they all managed to cover some leaves and most of the floor in paint, and tried painting with feathers, rolling painted conkers around, and printing with leaves. We planted our painted sticks in the garden, and a few days later, Feets threaded the leaves onto wire for us to hang from a tree.

Painted paradise!

11 August 2016

Gift from Gramzle

IMAG0055 Gramzle (my dear Mum) spotted Feets' love for buttons, clasps, zips, and basically anything designed to keep her out.

So she made her a lovely set of pockets, each one closed by a different kind of clasp and each one hiding a different secret treasure.

We love it!  Thanks Gramzle!

4 August 2016

Anniversary Tablecloth

IMAG0094Our forth wedding anniversary. We seem to have been following a traditional American materials theme, and so this year was silk. I discovered the silk scraps in my collection led to rather an enticing colour scheme! We'd actually agreed an amnesty (lets have a year off gifts, we're too busy), and then both back-tracked on it. So this had to be made in two hours max. An anniversary tablecloth of silk scraps.