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.

22 November 2017

A Tribute to Friendship

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A little something to celebrate the friendship of two amazing three year olds.

This alphabet, which has grown slowly out of my hub cap project, and first appeared in February in my 2017 calendar, hit a creative block earlier this year.  It was my recent invigoration for collage that caused me to revisit the alphabet, and bring it to life through my extensive collection of papers.  I will say this again and again, but it is SO satisfying to be working in this 'hands on' way again!

16 November 2017

Brixton's Hidden Windmill

I'm working with Brixton Windmill to review and update their schools sessions, and write some new ones.  It's a real privilege to work with such a place - I've been aware of the Windmill for years, but to work in my own neighbourhood, for this secret gem tucked just out of sight of the rush of Brixton, is a real treat.  Furthermore, my mind is boggled by the professionalism and hard work of the Friends of Windmill Gardens - the Windmill is an entirely voluntary-run organisation, though they fight hard to make this otherwise. 20171113_093924 And it's pretty magical to turn up for a workshop that is as-good-as-outside, on a crisp, autumn morning!

8 November 2017

Orleans Autumn

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Last week I made a glorious, nostalgic return to Orleans House, where I will be leading the Art Forum for the rest of the term.  It was one of those days (already behind us, I fear), when the world is on your side - the sun shines cold and crisp on crunchy autumn leaves and all the colours are set alive.  The woods in the Gallery grounds have always been magical for me, and this day I opened the gate to be assaulted by the smell of some late blossom - an utter surprise at this time of year.

20171025_110304 20171025_105739I am amused to discover that colleagues think of me when they walk through the woods, because apparently I rave about them so much.  But who wouldn't, when in the course of traveling to work, you are transported from a trafficky, highly polluted (and culturally awesome) Brixton to this little oasis of tranquility and peace, just seconds from the river?

Orleans House Gallery is surrounded by fencing, traffic cones and folk in hard hats, as it comes to the end of its dramatic HLF-funded restoration, giving it a whole new floor and enabling infinitely better access to the collection.

1 November 2017


20171026_11222020171108_125056 I'm trying to get Feets past her fear of fireworks.  We cut circle holes out of cardboard and used them as a template to make marks with chalk pastels.  She hadn't used this material before and loved smudging them!  But it didn't resolve the firework fear.  Ah well, there's always next year ...