Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Nursing Home Ireland Care Award shortlist

Dear all. 


My last post here was in December 2022.  Writing since then only happened in scribbles and in my head.   The last few months have been tough, both mentally and physically with increased and ‘new’ illness and further creative challenges as my hands just didn’t want to do what my mind wanted. Even with help. It brought me to a great sense of loss. Of grieving.


But this weekend I made sense of some of my scribbles, mostly in relation to being nomination and shortlisted for a Nursing Home Care Award. The only resident in the list of 24. I didn’t make the final 8, but I am hugely proud of having made the shortlist. And having had a few friends from different parts of my life, including my brother at a small celebration in the library here at the home. And all the beautiful messages via facebook and privately.  Staff were great to put up a lovely table with snacks and drinks. We even had a non-alcoholic- bubbly. 


I wrote the words below - and made a little video.  7.13 minutes: https://youtu.be/2yFteyfbj8c  which has subtitles in English and Spanish  (click on the little wheel top right on YouTube page and choose Captions - choose language)

Edit:  For Spanish Translation of my words see at bottom of this page. Kindly supplied by Myriam Pincheira (Myli) in Chile, who also uploaded my video and subtitles in English and Spanish. Very grateful. 

I must say I am very happy to have been able to access my brain again. I can still write. ‘I am back…’ and to celebrate all this in the company of many. Thank you.


Nomination thoughts NHI Care Awards - Corina Duyn 7 November 2023


Chronic illness, in my case 25 years of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a curious thing. I can’t predict or plan in advance how I will be on any given day or moment. I certainly would not have been able to travel to Dublin for the ceremony day, but I am with you all in spirit. 


So with a small gathering we are celebrating the achievement of being nominated and shortlisted with a few friends, family, and staff here at Signacare Nursing home. To ease my mind I decided to write (and record) a few words in advance in the possibility of being one of the winners and am asked to say a few words. I could be well, or too shook, or overwhelmed to express my thoughts or make my voice audible.


First of all I am hugely honoured to have been nominated by Anne Fraher and to be chosen by the selection team to make it onto the short list of Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards. Huge congratulations to all nominees.


The many complex emotions which followed the notification are difficult to describe in a few words. But narrowing down the thoughts this Award is for me about Celebration and Hope. 


Celebration 


Celebrating 25 years of my observing, questioning, and creative mind which has kept me alive during unrelenting illness.  As my life becomes increasingly smaller - my room - my mind - through my voice, art, words, and puppetry I have accidentally reached minds all over the world. I am deeply grateful for the continued and new company along the way.


When I had to move into care in April 2021, aged just 59, as support at home wasn’t sustainable and safe I vowed to quieten my creative mind to explore my life, and just have fun making things.  However through the support of Waterford Healing Arts’ Maeve Butler and my co-artist Caroline Schofield’s hands and our shared minds, I did end up exploring this epic move into care. This resulted in the I brought the dream of flying exhibition at GOMA in Waterford and Creative Brain Week in Dublin (2023). It even brought WHO’s Arts & Health Lead Christopher Bailey to visit me in my room. My ‘Treehouse’.

In this exhibition we showcased that a collaborative arts practice is possible in a small nursing home room as well as sharing my perspective of moving and living in care. 


Hope 

I truly hope that I can be a voice for others, including the younger people in nursing home care who might not be able to express their experiences, wishes, hopes and dreams; to in some way represent my fellow nursing home residents at Signacare and others all over Ireland. And to contribute to the discussion of what living in care means. 

As I trained and worked in similar institutions I see life from all these perspectives. 


Living here I came to understand more fully that perhaps the most important asset is Being Present. That caring is two fold. A communication between residents and staff, both in verbal and non-verbal ways. To observe, listen, and know about each other’s lives. The life we lived before moving into care, and coping with loss of our autonomy. For staff their life now and plans for the future.


What ‘Home’ means remains a daily question during observations from my bed or recliner of life around me and in my own existence. I don’t watch tv, listen to radio or read the paper (I can’t do any of these). Just me and my thoughts while looking at nature and life outside my ‘Treehouse’. The birds, changing seasons, the hens and ducky. Residents of course. I learn from all. I see strength in fragility in a world where loss and pain live alongside beauty and hope.


Due to increasing illness I am no longer able to create work but continue to share my creative mind. For my own well-being and that of my fellow residents, I have created sensory gardens in the raised flower beds. I suggest ideas to activities coordinators including the almost finalised ‘Hands of Signacare’: A photographic project involving all residents.  It warms my heart to hear and read the responses to these projects from residents and their families. 


Since the announcement of the nomination I have received a lot of support in person and online. Without you all I wouldn’t be here today. My deepest gratitude for this unrelenting believe in me, my story, my work, as is evident here today.


To finish with a few wise words from a fellow resident who lives here due to his dementia. We always connect. One day he asked me, pointing at my powered wheelchair: 

“What happened to you?” 

My body gave up.

“But your mind did not.”


Thank you.


End 





Further reading:

Added: Spanish Translation supplied by Myriam Pincheira (Myli) in Chile, who also uploaded my video and subtitles in English and Spanish. Very grateful 



Nominada y Seleccionada para el Premio a las Residenciales de Cuidado en Irlanda

 

Queridos:

 

Mi último post fue el 22 de diciembre. Escribir, desde entonces, solo ocurría en borradores, en mi mente. Los últimos meses han sido duros: mental y físicamente hablando debido al aumento de enfermedades "nuevas." Por ello, los desafíos creativos han sido aún más elevados; mis manos simplemente ya no quieren hacer lo que mi mente sí. Incluso con ayuda. Esto me condujo a una gran sensación de perdida; de duelo.

 

Sin embargo, este fin de semana, los borradores en mi mente cobraron sentido; les di forma; principalmente en relación al hecho de haber sido nominada y luego seleccionada como finalista de los premios NHI otorgados a las Residenciales de Cuidado en Irlanda.

 

Soy la única residente de una lista de 24 nominados y, si bien no estuve dentro de los 8 finalistas, estoy enormemente orgullosa de haber sido nombrada, de haber tenido junto a mí a algunos amigos de diversas etapas de mi vida, incluido mi hermano, en una pequeña celebración en la biblioteca de acá, de casa y de todos los hermosos mensajes que recibí vía Facebook y en forma privada. 

 

Los miembros del personal de la residencial fueron geniales; pusieron una mesa adorable con algunos bocadillos y bebidas; teníamos incluso un espumante sin alcohol.

 

Escribí estas palabras (acá abajo) y también realicé un video breve el que tiene subtítulos que pueden activar; en Inglés y en Español.

 

Corina Duyn en su Casa del Árbol

Debo decir que estoy muy feliz de tener la capacidad de acceder a mi cerebro otra vez. Puedo escribir “Estoy de regreso” y celebrarlo en compañía de muchos.

 

A ustedes, gracias.

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Pensamientos 

 

Nominación a los premios NHI Residencial de Cuidados.

Corina Duyn

Noviembre 07 de 2023.

 

Una enfermedad crónica, 25 años de Encefalomielitis Mialgia (EM) en mi caso, es una cosa curiosa. No puedo predecir o bien planificar de antemano cómo estaré un día o bien en un momento determinado. 

Ciertamente, no  habría sido capaz de viajar a Dublin para el día de la ceremonia; pero estoy totalmente junto a todos ustedes en espíritu.

 

Con una pequeña reunión junto a la familia, algunos amigos y el equipo de la Residencial de Cuidados Signacare, estamos celebrando el logro de haber sido nominada y luego seleccionada. Para apaciguar mi mente, decidí escribir (y grabar) algunas palabras de antemano contemplando que podrían pedírmelo si resultara ser una de las ganadoras. Para ese entonces, podría haberme sentido bien; o demasiado conmocionada o quizá muy abrumada como para expresar mis pensamientos y hacer uso de una voz clara; audible.

 

En primer lugar, me siento enormemente honrada de haber sido nominada por Anne Fraherseleccionada por los miembros del jurado del concurso de Residenciales de Cuidado en Irlanda. 

 

Mis felicitaciones a todos los nominados.

 

Muchas de las complejas emociones que vinieron a mi tras la notificación son difíciles de describir en pocas palabras. Eso si -Celebración y Esperanza- sintetizan los pensamientos que tengo sobre este premio.

 

Celebración

 

 

Celebrando 25 años de mi mente contemplativa, cuestionadora y creativa – la que me ha mantenido con vida durante esta enfermedad implacable.

 

A medida que mi vida se hace más pequeña – mi habitación, mi mente, la expresión de mi voz, arte, palabras y muñecos; he, accidentalmente, alcanzado mentes alrededor de todo el mundo. Estoy profundamente agradecida por las continuay nuevas compañías que se han mantenido a lo largo del camino.

 

Cuando tuve que mudarme a la residencial de cuidados aquel abril del 2021, teniendo tan solo 59 y debido a que el apoyo en casa no era sostenible ni seguro, me comprometí a apaciguar mi mente creativa, explorar mi vida y simplemente divertirme haciendo cosas.

 

Sin embargo, gracias al apoyo de Waterford Healing Arts´, Maeve Butler, las manos de mi co-artista Caroline Schoefield, además de nuestras mentes compartidas, terminé explorando está mudanza épica. El resultado, la exhibición de “I brought the dream of flying” (Traje el sueño de Volar) en GOMA, Waterford y durante la Creative Brain Week en el año 2023, Dublin. Estos sucesos llevaron incluso al director de WHO’s Arts & Health Christopher Bailey a visitarme en mi habitación; es decir, en mi casa del árbol.

 

En esta exhibición, demostramos que la práctica del arte colaborativo es posible en la pequeña habitación de una residencial de cuidados así como también el compartir mi perspectiva de mudarme y vivir al cuidado de otros.

 

Esperanza

 

Sinceramente tengo la esperanza de ser la voz de otros; incluyendo a los jóvenes que llegan a las  residenciales de cuidado y que puede que no sean capaces de relatar sus experiencias, anhelos, esperanzas y sueños; de alguna manera, representar a mis compañeros residentes en Signacare o bien otras residenciales en toda Irlanda; contribuir a la discusión de lo que significa vivir en éstos lugares.

Debido a que trabajé y me capacité en instituciones similares a éstas; veo la vida desde todos éstos puntos de vista.

 

Vivir acá me llevó a comprender más en profundidad que quizá la mayor ganancia es estar presente y que el cuidado tiene también dos aspectos: una comunicación que entre los residentes y el equipo de cuidadores sea tanto verbal como no verbal. Observar, escuchar y conocer sobre la vida de cada uno de manera reciproca; la vida que vivimos antes de mudarnos a la residencial de cuidados, y cómo fue lidiar con la pérdida de nuestra propia autonomía. Sus vidas; las de ahora y los planes para el futuro.

 

Lo que la palabra “Casa” significa es una pregunta que permanece diariamente; durante las observaciones desde mi cama o la silla reclinable, de la vida a mi alrededor y en mi propia existencia. 

 

No veo televisión, tampoco escucho la radio o leo los diarios (no puedo hacer nada de esto) Solo yo y mis pensamientos mientras miro la naturaleza y la vida fuera de mi “casa del árbol” 

 

Los pájaros, el cambio de estaciones, las gallinas y Ducky. Residentes, por supuesto. Aprendo de todo ello. Veo fortaleza en la fragilidad en un mundo donde la pérdida y el dolor viven paralelo a la belleza y la esperanza

 

Debido al avance de mi enfermedad, ya no soy capaz de crear trabajos, pero sigo compartiendo mi mente creativa. Para mi propio bienestar y el de mis compañeros residentes, he creado jardines sensoriales en las camas florales elevadas. Sugiero ideas a los coordinadores de actividades, como el proyecto que estamos a punto de finalizar llamado “Las Manos de Signacare” un proyecto fotográfico que involucra a todos los residentes. Me alegra el corazón leer y recibir los comentarios de esta realización tanto de los residentes como de sus familias.

 

 

Desde que me notificaron sobre la nominación, he recibido apoyo presencial y online. Sin todos ustedes, yo no estaría aquí hoy. Mi más profunda gratitud por creer firmemente en mí, en mi historia y mi trabajo, como es evidente.

 

Para terminar, las breves y sabias palabras de un compañero quien vive acá debido a su demencia. Siempre conectamos. 

 

Un día me preguntó -apuntando a mi silla de ruedas:

 

- ¿Qué te ocurrió?

 

Mi cuerpo se rindió.

 

- Pero tu mente no.

 

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Gracias.

 


Saturday, December 17, 2022

Six hundred days


Six hundred days ago I moved into long term care and I ‘brought the dream of flying’

Corina Duyn in wheelchair holding sunlight in her hand In conversation with my co-artist Caroline Schofield  Photo © Keith Currams
In conversation with my co-artist Caroline Schofield 
Photo © Keith Currams


I wake early and revel in the silence. I open the curtains and see the world awaken. The trees, birds, early squirrels. One of my favourite moments before the inevitable noises start in the hallway from staff, doors, and various televisions at volume. In those early mornings I imagine my home, my  Treehouse * to be unrelated to be in a nursing home. What Home means remains a very complicated question. 


After my daily bowl of readybrek reality sets in. I often listen to meditative music, through headphones if necessary, especially on days when I am a bit ‘frazzled’ about the prospect of the day ahead. I know the signs by now after 600 days living in a residential home.  The day can be caring, chaotic, safe, kind, restrictive, fun, fearful, unsettling, sad, happy, bewildering, finding acceptance and gratitude, as well as thought provoking moments due to the closeness of fragility and beauty of life around me and in me. It seems I am still learning to find my way, but ultimately know that I have to ‘get this’.

 

As my short day ends I watch the crows gather for the night. Every day a few minutes earlier. Headphones on to silence the noises of the house my thoughts go deep. It is at those moments I feel I need to write to make sense of life as it is right now. But writing on paper is not possible anymore beyond a few words. I scribble on my phone at times, creatively processing my experiences but as screen time is overwhelming my phone is often turned off. The words I did write/dictated are copied to my iPad however words jump around in a dizzying way and sadly I lose track in order to edit and make sense of the notes. Yet I keep telling myself to write that blogpost about what it is like to live here. I started so many times but realise that each day each minute it would be a different story. Anyway. I am here. It is going to take me a while. But I am going to do this and will, as usual, be explored through my creative mind. The writing perhaps a little frazzled and fragmented like my present jumbled brain.



“I identify deeply with my work especially my puppets. 
Creating them is one thing. By fully observing them
 I am learning to understand their true stories and thus my own.”

Puppet with black hat lying under orange blanket asleep. Hands folded. Corina Duyn
‘Miracle Miracle’ 
© Corina Duyn 2018-2022


Miracle Miracle 


In a roundabout way of dealing with the reality of also needing help to make a Christmas/Winter display for my room, I found my mind delving into the story of my puppet Miracle Miracle resting under the (Christmas) tree.


When I started making her in 2018 she was to tell a story of an ambulant wheelchair user. Perhaps her chair being pushed by a gay carer with a blue Mohican haircut. Throwing off her blanket she steps out of her wheelchair and with the help of her walking sticks takes off on her colourful roller skates. Revealing funky clothes. 

I had hoped to use puppetry to explore social perception and disadvantage but also resilience. Most of all challenge how you are are to behave as a disabled person. If you use a wheelchair, you are not suppose to stand up. “Miracle Miracle” a dear friend roared in fun a few decades ago when I did just that. Standing up from my wheelchair in front of a church. Miracle Miracle’s story was never properly told except the concept during my last public lecture in 2018 in Cork.  


Miracle Miracle came with me to Signacare; unpainted, undressed, just wearing a little black hat (toe part of sock) and wrapped in her orange blanket. She had been sitting with Póilin Puppet in my window on the bench looking into the garden. I always hoped to finish making her.


Stitching  


In March after a short spell in hospital I started stitching a long cloth. “Sewing the tears of exhaustion” I scribbled on a piece of paper. Stitching brought peace. Over the following months it told a story of drowning, reaching out and becoming the tree. I stopped sewing at the point a branch became a bird. It narrowly escaped to be binned, choosing to put it in my sewing drawer instead. In July one Sunday afternoon I took it out, folded it up, reincarnated as a magic flying carpet for Miracle Miracle. I was happy to see a new story appearing from two unfinished works.  


Lying on my dresser Miracle Miracle looked at peace at having given up her fight for social justice to look after herself and rest. Only covered by a thin blanket. Unpainted, undressed. But beautiful as she is. To be carried in the wind to dream worlds where life is simpler. Still wearing her roller skates she shows resilience in her vulnerability as a dear friend told me.

It took me almost five months of observing her resting on her flying carpet to come to the point I acknowledged that I too am ready to let go and am desperately in need of rest. 


Support 


Staff at times have limited ability to truly be Present so I am very grateful for the support of family and friends. I also have the great fortune to receive outside support from a Personal Assistant (PA) twice a week through Disability Support Services (as I am deemed inappropriately placed in nursing home care due to my age), as well working with artist Caroline Schofield through Waterford Healing Arts Trust. Both women have made living here much more doable. 


With co-artist Caroline Schofield in the elevator 
at Signacare - retrieving puppet props
Photo © Caroline Schofield 2022


The collaborative creative process with artist Caroline Schofield started in August 2021. (See exhibition press release *).  Finding our way of working together began with making stunning prints using leaves. Many of these made their way, together with paper cut outs of shadow puppetry * era into a series of art boxes. Dioramas if you wish. Many depicting loss, grieve and gain of moving into care. Perhaps these works which will be in the exhibition say more than the written word ever can. 

I tried very hard not to use our creative time to explore this epic move but my mind wouldn’t let it go until it was done. Now I can say that I am glad it worked out this way. Work evolved by communicating about the pieces and stories in progress. Until there is this ‘Yes!, this is it’ moment. Caroline was/is my hands to add the detail about which I could only think and tried out with blue tack or masking tape. 

Some of this series of small boxes have taken a year to complete. Along the way we had tears, laughter, wonderment, friendship, and learning, evolving into an exhibition. 



I brought the dream of flying


One of these ‘boxes’ became the title of this shared exhibition: ‘I brought the dream of flying’ Opening 14th January 2023 at Gallery of Modern Art - GOMA Waterford, with amazing support of Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Creative Waterford.


When I came for respite 600 days ago - but never went home again -  I had brought an unfinished bird puppet with me. I felt that by finishing the piece, which had one broken wing, it would be a symbol that I would fly again. I and others had truly hoped that moving into care would restore my health to some degree. Including recovering my lost creative abilities. For this hope and dream I brought my clay and all the tools. Not used for four years now, I am ready to let go of them.  


My creative ability is ever evolving at the same pace of my physical decline. I lost lots of weight over the past two years. As well as more and more of my independence. Food is puréed as I can’t chew or swallow for long. I now have a powerful fully reclining wheelchair. Walking is a few steps to the bathroom. Not even every day. My hands, although the dancing motions are a fascination to my co-artist, they often don’t want to do what I would like them to do. Creatively and in general. Recently my body goes ‘numb’ for hours. Followed by slow return of movement and speech and precious moments of the Phoenix rising again, Especially when I have an outing with my PA, those moments are lived and loved with all my heart. Then I rest. Like Miracle Miracle. In those moment of rest, even in the ‘numbness’, my creative mind stays alive. Thinking, planning. Re-thinking. Re-planning. 


I can cut paper and I can glue. The result is a series of A5 collages from newspaper words and found images, which I can make independently, often lying flat in bed. Exploring emotions and realities of life (here). As friends have said: “you needed to write, you couldn’t, now you found your way”; another said “you are writing a visual diary”. Many will be in the exhibition.

 


“In bed I cut words until I can rest in a world 

where loss and pain live alongside beauty and hope”


Collage © Corina Duyn 2022



Although the exhibition is a huge event for me mentally and physically it is a true honour to have this team of people believing in my work and a story they felt needed to be told. A team of creative professionals looking after everything. Wow. A first.

 

I feel I am finally reaching moments of being at peace with it all. Letting go of the ‘idea of home’. Letting go of this part of my story as well as my work, old and new. Especially after the exhibition I hope to feel my ‘job is done’. My advocacy having continued although I didn’t intended to do that. I hope I can be at peace and find ease with living in long term care doing so in undoubtedly a beautiful room. My Treehouse. Rest. Rest in the knowledge and acceptance that this is what I had to do. Moving into care and one last sharing of life with illness and this new perspective of life in care through the arts. A first perhaps.


Thanking you with much gratitude for your continued support.


Corina Duyn
17 December 2022 


Links for further reading:




Saturday, November 19, 2022

‘I brought the dream of flying’ exhibition at GOMA

 So rarely here, but I have some big news to share

‘I brought the dream of flying’ 
Corina Duyn 2022. Photo by Caroline Schofield


Corina Duyn & Caroline Schofield exhibition at GOMA. Supported by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, GOMA, and Creative Waterford

I brought the dream of flying…, a new exhibition by artists Corina Duyn and Caroline Schofield, will take place at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford from 14 January to 11 February 2023.  Inspired by a broken-winged bird puppet which accompanied Corina when she moved to full-time nursing home care last year, the exhibition features work made in response to this move and illustrates the new collaborative creative process Corina has developed with Caroline as a result of her increasing disability.  A short tour of the exhibition, led by artist Pascale de Coninck, will take place at 2pm on Saturday 14 January, followed by the official opening at 3pm.  The exhibition is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and GOMA, with funding from Creative Waterford.  Further details are available from www.waterfordhealingarts.com and www.gomawaterford.ie

SEE FULL WONDERFUL PRESS RELEASE at

http://www.waterfordhealingarts.com/i-brought-the-dream-of-flying/ 

or

https://www.gomawaterford.ie/exhibitions/i-brought-the-dream-of-flying/

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Power of the Puppet lecture video

My apologies for rarely showing up here. I do write occasionally a short reflection on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/corina.duyn.7

Today there was a longer post, which might be of interest:



The Power of the Puppet” Video-Lecture is now available on https://youtu.be/j5cFBtk5Oao  High resolution. In English, with Spanish and English, and Dutch subtitles. ** 

Or on Arts+Health website : https://www.artsandhealth.ie/videos/the-power-of-the-puppet/  with this introduction:

 “The Power of the Puppet is a video lecture by Corina Duyn documenting her 23 year long creative journey through chronic illness. The lecture focuses on her puppetry work.

Corina trained as a nurse and social care worker in her native Netherlands before moving to Ireland in 1989. An artist and puppet designer, Corina has been exploring the internal landscape of illness in her work since she was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) in 1998.

This video was initially created in 2021 for the Puppetry Therapy Diploma at the Muñecoterapia in Chile where Corina’s work forms part of their lecture series.

Here is a blog https://corinaduyn.blogspot.com/2021/09/M.E.creativity%20.html  with links to most of Corina’s work for those wanting to know more about the art and story in the video.

In English with Spanish (Translated by Myli Pincheira V. ) and English subtitles. Dutch subtitles added, translation by Rob Wijbenga. With thanks.

Thank you Emma from artsandhealth.ie for embedding the lecture in their video archives. And the continued support from Puppets InTransit  Andrea and Polo. And Emma Fisher for helping me to Create the video.

The lecture is 49 minutes long. My voice and images of my work, mainly that of exploring ME through puppetry. All in small sections so can be watched in snippets.

** For those with ME and extreme sound sensitivity, there is only one section with music in the “Life Outside the Box” puppet project I facilitated in 2015. This section is 14 minutes in, lasting about 4 minutes.

The rest is just my (soft) voice. There is no fast moving imagery, except briefly in the “Life Ouside the box” video.

As there are subtitles throughout, the sound can be turned off completely if you wish.


(Image is screenshot of the video - puppet in a wheelchair in the garden)

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Puppet Making Course access details

October 2021 - further edits 13 February 2023

Online Puppet making course with Artist and Puppet Designer Corina Duyn. After more than 50 years of learning and three decades of teaching, Corina is no longer able to create puppets, or teach. However she made the decision to share all the very detailed course instructions publicly via 2.5 hours of Youtube videos, and four online books with in total 85 pages with step-by-step written and photographic instructions books (ISSUU). These are for both basic and more advanced puppets. Learn how to sculpt a clay head, hands and feet for a puppet with DAS self hardening clay. How to make a wooden or cloth puppet body, assembling instructions, and suggestions on painting, and dressing/hair.  As well as two cross samples, how to string up your puppet and animate it. Sculpting instruction also applicable to create a doll, or bust. 


Please note that all the material was created during a time Corina was still teaching, so any comments to ‘get in touch’ is no longer applicable. It course is for your personal use only. Having followed this course does not mean you can teach this course using my material. Thank you for your understanding.

 I hope you will enjoy embarking on this creative adventure. When your puppet is complete I love to see images of it. With every best creative wish.


Corina Duyn 2019/2023 Corina Duyn © 2019 www.corinaduyn.com 

Course access made public October 2021 - further edits February 2023.


For links to more of my work in puppetry see: Puppetry webpage, or explore the many articles and images on this blog, including: 50 minute video lecture on the Power of the Puppet  is available on HERE And See summary of my work in “23 year long creative history of living with M.E.” 


Website www.corinaduyn.com

Blog www.corinaduyn.blogspot.ie

Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/flyingonlittlewings

Instagram www.instagram.com/corinaduyn

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/corina.duyn.7



Two girl puppets made by Corina Duyn - Puppet Making course
‘The Girls’ © Corina Duyn 2017


COURSE DETAILS General Overview: ISUUU books   And YouTube videos 


In detail: 

Introduction and general information for your course:


  • Please read: Introduction and general guidelines in the 7 page document on ISSUU

  https://issuu.com/littlewings/docs/_introduction_to_puppet_making_with_corina_duyn

In my course I recommend the use of white DAS air drying clay as other brands have different drying properties and may shrink too much which causes problems. DAS is very strong and can be used to sculpt very fine details. 

https://www.corinaduyn.com/site/puppet-making-course/


Sculpting the Head


The videos and ISSUU documents are interchangeable between using glass eyes and creating sculpted eyes. I suggest you watch, and read both at each step of the sculpting process. The (2.04) indicate length of the videos Please make sure to watch the Youtube videos in HD





Hands and Feet: 


The videos and ISSUU books are interchangeable I suggest you watch, and read both at each step of the sculpting process. The (2.04) indicate length of the videos. Please make sure to watch the Youtube videos in HD. For a master class on these, please contact my mentor and teacher Marlaine Verhelst.




Body and Cross

https://www.corinaduyn.com/site/puppet-making-course/



Painting and clothing/hair suggestions: