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.

22 October 2016

Calendar on Folksy

DSC_0452 A project for some time, I've been working on a Calendar of Days for 2017, that I believe can be enjoyed as a colouring project or with no colouring at all! It celebrates the launch of my new shop on folksy, which I hope to fill gradually with all sorts of illustrated goodies. Watch this space, take a visit, and please spread the word! Thanks very much. July

16 October 2016

Conker Fun

IMAG0314 IMAG0313 Conkers! I've been looking forward to conker collecting season all year! What I forgot was that last time we collected things in the park, we brought them home to paint, so that was the assumption this time too. So we took out our collection of milk bottle tops, glued the conkers into them, added cocktail sticks and leaves for sails, and made a kind of 'boat'. All so simple! Of course, there was the unexpected too - I was introduced to the idea of painting Feets' sleeves (we decided it was the 'river' for the boats), which we had cut off for the occasion, and inevitably, Feets finished up with painting her entire exposed body...

3 October 2016

Paper Cutting and Toilet Roll Tubes

I picked up a book of contemporary Paper Cutting at the library, casually displayed to entice me into a quick loan.  It's beautiful, inspiring, unearthly, and huge in the variety of styles of this simple artform represented by different artists.
Perhaps the most resonant for me was Yuken Teruya, as he reminded me of my eternal love of toilet roll tubes (they remain heaped up on various shelves around the house and bathroom, as I can't quite bring myself to throw them away.  A man after my own heart, he creates nature inspired sculptures, trees in particular, from throw away materials, particularly paper.  This is Corner Forest, the toilet roll tube masterpiece that caught my attention.