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.

29 July 2017


July1Just in time, here's July ...

24 July 2017

Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan

I popped into the House of Illustration after a glorious hour introducing Bean to the fountains in Granary Square.  To be honest, I'd been most appealed by the Jacqueline Ayer exhibition (pretty predictable of me, I know), which turned out to be closed.  So I explored Quentin Blake's Life of Birds (lovely - what is it about birds, of all things?  He tries to answer this, but he's not the only illustrator to love birds - perhaps I'll come back to this in a future blog), and then an exhibition of backdrops from Japanese Anime films.  Not my bag at all, usually, so very good for me to see something different!
It took a while to get into - I'm not traditionally a fan of the cool, clinical lines of futuristic cities (above - by Hiromasa Ogura for Ghost in the Shell) BUT ... I couldn't help but be mesmerised by the sheer talent of the artists and utterly intrigued by the complexity of developing an animated film like this.  To be honest it clicked into place for me at the end of the exhibit when I saw some cuts from the actual films - THEN I found myself fascinated and absorbed by how they manage to put such things together.
Along the way, I was chiefly drawn in by the gorgeous, obsessive complexity of Takashi Wasabe's layout drawings for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, a world (on a boat, I think) of tubes and pipes ... 

18 July 2017


20170710_224032It had to be something quick and easy ... and rarely turns out quite as quick and easy as intended ... but here it is, a 'wood' gift for our fifth anniversary, made from the driftwood we collected on Salt Spring Island in April, reminiscent of the candle holders we made for our wedding.

3 July 2017

Wendy Horler

IMG_8621Wendy and I have been meeting for years to encourage, inspire, critique and support our creative journeys. We both strive (and lets be honest, often struggle) to discipline ourselves into more regular drawing habits, but Wendy can't long resist returning to three dimensions.

She's absorbed by the things she collects from her garden, but lately she's been exploring papier mache using toilet paper. Well, you know my love of toilet roll tubes ... perhaps it was predictable that I'd be fascinated by her toilet roll adventures!

IMG_8632She always seems to come up with magical abstract shapes. I love the different shades of one colour and the simple structures built by putting together. There's something very soothing about the simple shapes from the textured material. IMG_8622
And each structure is reminiscent of something different - a ship, twigs and leaves ... any thoughts?!