Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working with museums and galleries, and an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects.

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.

11 February 2019

Autumn Leaves

20181103_093844         20181103_094257 I finally embraced the art of printing with my children! For some reason I've long felt overwhelmed - by the mess, the variety of different ways of trying it, by how to handle two children at once. But at last I think Bean can join in, and learns fast from watching her sister. 20181103_100101 We collected and pressed masses of autumn leaves - it was an intensely beautiful autumn last year. And we just let ourselves go with them with them - wax rubbings, relief printing, mono printing, collage ...

28 January 2019

Work in Progress: Memory Blanket

20180925_132238 Memory Blanket is a 'quilt' made from squares of card or paper - chopped up artwork, with a memory written on the back of each square. I'm stitching it together with gold thread. I like the way quilts hold memories, often made from scraps of fabric, meaningful or leftover. I think this is kind of a literal interpretation of a quilt.

20180925_132836 I began it when Feets was about 1 and I'd come to the end of the diary I had for her. Her squares are blues and greens. When Bean was about 1, her achievements joined the blanket too - they are pinks and purples. And memories for both children are white.

It's a work in progress and I don't know when I'll finish it, but the other day I decided I had enough squares to lay them out together and see how they looked. Sadly the stitching is far from finished, but one thing I look forward to seeing is how the blanket hangs, for example over a chair, in all it's angularity.

14 January 2019

Plastic bags, a child and a lampshade

20180813_192353 A little break from these pages; a little break too from the creative journey ... but still, a lot to share, if I can only find the time!

We moved house last summer, and I took the opportunity, finally, to share my love of plastic bags with Feets, as we made a lampshade for their new bedroom.  It was a brilliant project for the two of us, as we could both cut plastic bags, without rules or expectations of the shapes, and when she was weary of that, I cut and she stuck.  It's a quick, fast activity.  We ironed it together - a bit of wow, a bit of danger ... Then one evening, I finally managed to sew the thing to an old frame and voila!  She was pretty pleased. DSC_0102