Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Three highlights of 2011

If I were to narrow down the highlights of 2011 to three events/experiences, they would be
  • The building of my Studio "The Garden Room"! (See Studio for the building of it, including the very funny video. Or see here for more about this amazing fortune.) 
  • Learning to Weave at college. (See Weaving post)

My dear friends,  I would like to wish you a great year ahead
 in which all your dreams come true. 
And ... I'd love to hear/read about your three highlights?
(preferably here on the blog... comment box below) 

XX Corina





Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Winning an Equality Tribunal case ...

... and all that went before it.

In 2009 I was working on a story which later became my first children’s book (The Cirrus Chronicles). As part of this project, I booked a trip to the Edinburgh Book Festival. I was booked in for a workshop with children's author Linda Strachan, who also publishes books on how to write for children, and aspired to meet with publishers and other writers to make my book the best it could be, to maybe even find a publisher for it. A very exciting time!

As I travel with a mobility scooter I am obliged to inform the airline, in this case Aer Arann, about my needs and the mobility aid I would be travelling with. I did this two weeks prior to travelling, informing them that I had a mobility scooter with an airline approved battery and read out the details of the “wet, non-spillable battery”.

On the 26th August I was dropped off at the airport. I had brought a copy of the scooter's battery's details, but the young woman who checked me in didn't need to see it. I was told that my scooter would be tagged at the boarding gate.

Having made my way to the gate about an hour before travelling, I heard my name being announced about half an hour later. Having made my way back to the security personnel, I was asked questions about the safety of the scooter battery. I showed the leaflet about the battery and lifted the battery out of the scooter (the battery is in a sealed box and does not require any disconnecting of wires). The leaflet with safety information was scanned and forwarded to the headquarters of Aer Arann in Dublin.
I remember talking with one of the security men about how this scooter has enabled me to travel on my own, even in other countries (I had been to Holland with Aer Lingus on several occasions, bringing the scooter with me). The fact that I didn't need a 'pusher' anymore for my wheelchair, made a huge difference in my life, a life I prefer to live as independently as possible.
Other passengers had started to board. When the staff came my way I held out my boarding pass (even writing this gets my heart beating fast...). I was told that I was not allowed onto the plane. The battery was deemed dangerous.

I panicked. I asked to speak to Aer Arann personnel to discuss this problem. The battery was airline-approved. I had booked it in two weeks prior and had been at the airport for an hour.  I was told there was nobody from Aer Arann in Cork Airport. Servisair does their handling. I asked to be taken on board and leave my scooter behind in Cork, to be picked up by my friend. (I had read in the Festival brochure that there were courtesy wheelchairs available, and figured that if the organisers heard my story they would lend me one).
“No, you are not going on that plane, your suitcase has been taken off.”

I felt like a criminal. All this was said in front of 'fellow' passengers boarding the plane. "Maybe they're glad I am not on that plane as I am a security risk," I thought.
I cried. I cried seeing my small purple suitcase standing on the tarmac beside the plane. I was not allowed on the plane, with or without my scooter. I felt it was about me not just my scooter. I see this as the most horrendous, humiliating, painful experience of living with a disability so far. I felt that my rights to travel were taken away and that this whole episode was very badly handled.
The plane left for Edinburgh. I waited to be picked up and was very distressed. I was given the option to come back the following day, with my wheelchair, but I was too distraught, complete bereft of any energy and would have missed the most important workshop in any case.

Home, after an 'angry' rest, I decided to write about my experiences, and looked up the airlines policy on disabled travellers, etc. Writing is my way of dealing with challenges. On the suggestion of the friends I was to stay with in Edinburgh, I forwarded my writing to two papers. The Irish Times and the Irish Examiner. Both contacted me immediately, and articles were published on the 28th August 2009. The Irish Times article was published on page 2 and the story ended up being taken up US paper The Irish Immigrant.
Aer Arann stated in this article that the scooter battery was a danger to be brought on board an airplane and safety (understandably) is their main objective. All I wanted was an apology in writing.

I talked with the Equality Authority and with a recommended solicitor in Dublin. After a lot of deliberation, I decided to go with the services of this solicitor.

It took until December 2010 to get a date for the Equality Tribunal hearing. This was later postponed as “3 of the 5 witnesses were unable to attend”. My heart sank. So many witnesses. I was ready to give up the case, not because I had given up on my conviction that I was right, but the stress was too much to bear. My energy is precious. It started to feel like the David versus Golliath story...
A new date was set for January 2011. The case was heard in private in a hotel in Waterford. A friend asked, and was given permission, to stay with me during the hearing for which I am forever grateful. The room we were in was the Lismore Suite. I felt strong and at home (Lismore is the town where I live).
I don't want to bore you with the details, but there were a lot of arguments about dry- versus wet cell batteries. In short, the only true dry cell batteries are those in your watch, or alarm clock. Wet batteries are the ones in your car, the ones that need topping up at times. These are also used in some more advanced electric wheelchairs. The wet, non-spillable, as in my scooter, is regarded as dry (by most airlines) and therefore safe.
The hearing took most of the day. Thank goodness they talked to me first, when I was still somewhat 'alert'. My barrister interviewed me and I was later cross-examined by the Aer Arann team. I stuck to my story and was grateful to have researched the issue in more detail, and for the good understanding with my solicitor and barrister. To relay the whole day would take too long, but you can read the Equality Officer Orlaith Mannion's report at: Full Case Report

Overall, I was exhausted, but pleased with my 'performance'. I knew my story. I felt my story. I was treated badly on the day of my planned flight, and I wanted an apology. In writing.
In July 2011 I was told that I had won the case. But that Aer Arann still had 45 days to decide if they were to appeal. The Irish Times journalist who had initially written about my case in 2009 published another article about my success.

Aer Arann did not appeal the case. I was awarded €3,000 (just over half of the maximum allowed), on the grounds that I had been discriminated on the grounds of disability. This money was a welcome bonus to help me fund my other big event of the year, the building of my studio.
I am so grateful to all the friends and supporters who kept me going as I fought the case, and to solicitor and barrister for their expertise and for not charging me for their time.
Aer Arann is currently in the process of fulfilling the other order from the Tribunal’s report: to conduct a review of its policies and procedures (to include their terms and conditions of carriage and their Ground Operations manual)

 I still would be happier if I had made it to the Edinburgh Festival on that day in 2009, but as that was not the case, I am glad that I stood up for my rights and those of people with disabilities.

I am grateful to all of you whom were aware of this case but didn't make it public when it was too sensitvie to do so. For all the support I received to stay with my story and to fight the fight to allow a person with a diasabilty to travel like anyone else. For all the support I recieved when the news came out that the case was won. For the Editor of Journal.ie * to invite me to write about living with a disabilty in modern day Ireland.
For solicitor Joe Durkan and barristor Siobhan Phelen for not charging me for their time.

A big thank you to all of you! I could not have done this without you.

To find out more my art, writing, and thoughts on life, visit: www.corinaduyn.com (website and blog)


This article was published in the Summer '12 Edition of Spokeout, the lifestyle magazine of the Irish Wheelchair Organisation (IWA)
ps... As always it is lovely to know that you stopped by to read my musing and follow my creative adventures. It would make my day, if you leave a comment... preferably here, on the blog...?


Many thanks & Lots of love
Corina

Links to some items in this story:
The book I was writing in 2009 Cirrus Chronicles
Children's author: Linda Strachan
Article in Irish Times 2011 here
Article in Journal.ie see here

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The stuff of dreams

One of the highlights of this year was (and is) that I fulfilled a dream dating back about 10 years:  Attending college. Albeit only for the one class, every second week, I still see it as a dream come true. I chose Weaving.
First paper weaving



We started off with 'Paper weaving'. We were given colour photocopies of images, told how to cut them into strips how to weave them together. It was quite amazing to see the different works that were created, even if identical pages were used, the end results were totally different. The teacher Pascale explored all our work and showed us the possibilities of design- colour- 'tell a message'- straight lines or strips cut of different width, etc

The Stuff of Dreams' paper weaving
The 'tell a story' option inspired me to create The Stuff of Dreams. I made a collage of my 'dreams' writing-books-art-women-nature. And wrote a piece about my dreams- like attending college and sharing my creativity with others, and woven the two together.
First 'Sampler'
Then it was time to start real weaving. With yarn. On a loom. Made from copper pipe! (see image below). The weaving bug started to sneak it's way into my being....
Second 'Sampler'
For the second sampler, we had to create 'blocks'. And I realized that I am not fond of just plain blocks of colour. I simply  had to explore with interweaving colours to see what weaving can do...!
Hooked!
Third 'Sampler'
Then..  angles were the topic.. and curves. This piece is actually shown here sideways. The straight purple line is the bottom of the work. As I had reached what is now the middle of the piece, I was lying on the couch and looked at my weaving sideways, and was surprised to find that there was a face in my weaving. 
I could see it, but thought that was because of an overactive creative mind... To my relief, the teacher and fellow students saw it too! I finished the piece with curves, creating a kind of headscarf.

As there would be holiday break coming up, so no class for about 1 month, I set up the loom again to have a project to work on over the Christmas... Yes, I am definately hooked.
After a bit of trial and error I started to work on creating a poppy flower. I had taken some bits of yarn home from the college, but not pink, and my poppy was to be pink. As a solution I wound three strands of sewing thread together to make pink about the same thinkness as the yarn, and as a result became even more hooked on weaving. The possibilities of making subtle differences in colour were very exciting.
Poppy to be
I found myself not just weaving for an hour or so every few nights, but also in the middle of the night (during a sleepless night), and weaving on a Sunday morning at 11.30 am, still in my pajamas...
Weaving addiction had started in earnest!

To my horror I realized that I would not have enough green yarn to 'feed my weaving addiction'
I contacted the teacher (now a creative friend) and asked if she could give some yarn to her colleague, another friend of mine, whom I more than likely would meet over the Christmas period.
The response that I got was "Boy, I didn't know I was going to end up being a dealer :-). Sure we'll get it sorted"
My 'drugs' were delivered with the great smile of a VERY satisfied teacher. She had won over one more soul into the world of weaving!
"Weaving drugs" Lots of it!
 * (For more about entering college see here )

ps... As always it is lovely to know that you stopped by to read my musing and follow my creative adventures. It would make my day, if you leave a comment... preferably here, on the blog...?
Many thanks & Lots of love
Corina

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Your Christmas card...

Me and my teddy. Aged 2, or 3 I think.
(me that is, the teddy was much older.)
             
Christmas has made a tentative start for me this morning with the help of the wonderful children of the Liosmor Mochuda National School. I was invited to their carol-service-with-a-difference.
Their imagination worked wonders again. The Christmas story was told in song and play, with a modern twist: The cost for the rent of the stable was discussed, "that's too much, boy" (a very local expression); the shepherds wore tea towels on their heads; Maria explained how to read books and how to use a laptop. Maria and Joseph communicated via skype...
Some of the children were just pleased to be in the limelight, their only focus was their parents in the audience. Some wonderful errors were made: "...And the baby will be called Joseph. Oh, Jesus".
Where else would you find it?

Until today I just couldn't get my head around Christmas, and even now it is still a bit of a blur to be honest. Every year, even the years that I was unable to do much of anything, I made, and posted Christmas cards. And enjoyed doing so. This year I've made none, and posted none.
This doesn't mean that you, my friends and readers, are not on my mind. On the contrary. I know that if it wasn't for your kindness, compassion, love and care I would not be alive today. With your support I managed to stay in the present moment and although there were hard at times, I was glad to be alive. Waking up in the morning was all that mattered.
So what happened this year?
It feels like Christmas has come too soon. It doesn't seem twelve months ago that I created a handmade book, which became Flying on Little Wing; The winter hasn't started; Or maybe I just don't have the energy to put into the Christmas this year, maybe I am finally listening to my body's messages, and not do what is expected in a way.

Possibly the most important thought about this year's Christmas is about the people that have absolutely nothing. Not even a house.
I remember the time that I was at the brink of homelessness. I had one day left in rented accommodation and was pretty much bed/house bound at the time. Bed bound but homeless.
When these thoughts arose, I decided to go with my feelings, and make a donation to Focus Ireland, an Irish charity for the homeless with the special interest in woman and children, instead of spending money on Christmas cards or presents.

So my dear friend, here is an abstract from an email from Focus Ireland, which is Your Christmas card and present.


Thank you for your support over the years. For your friendship, your love and compassion. 
From the deepest part of my being, I wish you a peaceful and healthy year ahead. 


Lots of love
Corina
and Focus Ireland

Dear Corina Duyn,

On behalf of people who are homeless and all at Focus Ireland thank you so much for your donation in support of our work.

Last year more than 5,000 people used our services; we are there for everyone who needs us, regardless of their status. In Focus Ireland we are committed to helping people out of homelessness and supporting them to move on with their lives. We offer residential programmes to young people leaving state care in Dublin and in many of our housing developments across the country. Our Caretakers Hostel and Crisis Intervention Service were all developed to work with youngsters who are homeless, these projects provide young people with a safe place away from the streets, as well as someone to help them make choices that will move them out of homelessness. Our Aftercare Programmes also work with young people who are in accommodation outside of Focus Ireland, helping them to settle in and providing them with the support and care that most young teenagers take for granted.

This support means we can continue to identify and develop much needed services. We truly could do little, without the support of so many people like you who share our belief that everyone has a right to a place they can call home. Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Griffin
Fundraising Officer
Donor Care




ps... As always it is lovely to know that you stopped by to read my musing and follow my creative adventures. It would make my day, if you leave a comment... preferably here, on the blog...?
Many thanks & Lots of love
Corina


Thursday, December 15, 2011

"Artist Doll"



"Little Leek"
© Corina Duyn '11
Remember the leeks in my garden?
The leeks that weren't eaten and were allowed to grow to whatever height they wished?
They grew. They grew some more... People stopped to look at them and commented about this little patch of wonder in my front garden. Overall there were about 20 leeks. See here for more photos
I loved every stage of them, the emerging pod, the shell slowly turning into "paper" and finally showing the flowers they had been hiding.
After heavy wind, and the start of colder weather, I had to cut them back. To my surprise new tiny leeks had started to grow at the base of it's taller parent.

Many of the long stems with flowery heads are now drying in my studio. I used one as a "swing" for a little doll. "Little Leek" She is about 20cm tall (seated on the leek flower), overall the art-piece is about 60cm tall. (she's just been sold, and is going to live near the seaside)
All my work, including this one, is a one-of-a-kind Artist Doll.
"Little Leek"
© Corina Duyn '11
Emerging leek flower
© Corina Duyn '11
See Here for a handmade artist book with follows the story of Little Leek

ps... As always it is lovely to know that you stopped by to read my musing and follow my creative adventures. It would make my day, if you leave a comment... preferably here, on the blog...?
Many thanks & Lots of love
Corina

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's a Puppet's life

As promised:


for more about these puppets, please see here


ps... As always it is lovely to know that you stopped by to read my musing and follow my creative adventures. It would make my day, if you leave a comment... preferably here, on the blog...?
Many thanks & Lots of love
Corina

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Creative adventures

ConePuppet 'Pascale'
© Corina Duyn '11             
One of the puppets I used to make in the Fantasy Folk range before becoming ill with M.E., were "ConePuppets".
When friends came to visit my new studio, my very first ConePuppet from about 18 years ago (?) was lying on the table. A bit battered by time, and nibbled on by mice when in storage in a friends garage.
Still the interactive wonder did not stop over time.

I was encouraged to make them again. I did.
I managed to make three puppets to bring to the Tallow Christmas Market last Sunday. I only had one night to acquaint myself with my new "babies" as all three are already sold.

The first to go was the one on the left here. The puppet was handled like a baby. Precious. The cone cradled in one hand, the head slowly pushes up with the stick.
ConePuppets 'Pascale', 'Wendy' and 'Phyllis',
A happy bunch
© Corina Duyn '11
The interaction I saw develop in front of me was one of love, of healing. Watching this filled my heart with  awe. With complete appreciation, and gratitude towards the buyer of this puppet, and towards my own creative being.
I was overwhelmed that something that I had created can have such a powerful affect on another person. I felt and feel that I am on the right track.

The day after, I also realised how significant this puppet is for my own healing. It is a kind of "coming out", a re-emerging into the world, but still having the protection of the cone.
My friend Spark made the connection with my egg images. True.
Also the movement of the puppet is significant- I think. I still have the desire to be free in my body, to move freely.

Artist Tamsin Bending made a little video of the puppets. See here

These puppets are also the start of teaching again. Of sharing what I've learned. I've decided to work on a one-to-one basis. See Classes. The"pupil" can choose a project to work on and I'll guide them through the process. I have classes booked and more interest on the way.
What a journey I have already made since the creation of my beloved studio.

If you would like to order a puppet of your own, please go to my shop. I will put your name down for the next one to be made. All are originals, so I can't promise what it will look like in advance... Or give someone a Gift Voucher so that they can choose a doll, book or ...

On another note. It is nearly Christmas and to me Books are a wonderful gift to give and receive. With this in mind I have some offers, see Books. No postage to anywhere in the world; A "stocking-filler" pack of 5 Flying on Little Wings books, and most importantly I will donate 10% of proceeds to Focus Ireland ( a registered charity that works to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness.) Offer valid until 24 December '11

Thanking you all for your support over the year(s).
Lots of love
Corina


ps... As always it is lovely to know that you stopped by to read my musing and follow my creative adventures. It would make my day, if you leave a comment... preferably here, on the blog...?
Many thanks & Lots of love
Corina

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An inspirational girl

Emma McCarronInfo taken from Emma's website:

Emma McCarron hails from County Monaghan, Ireland. In November 2008,  when Emma was 7, she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma – a rare children’s cancer. Since then, Emma has been attending Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. She has undergone a gruelling treatment programme, including chemotherapy, surgery, bone marrow transplant and radiotherapy.
Throughout all of this, she has shown great strength, always been in good humour and managed to keep up with school, friends, hobbies and all the normal things girls her age like to do.
Over the last year, Emma became interested in singing. She began to attend singing classes with Monaghan Comhaltas Branch, and joined the Monaghan Community Gospel Choir.
When Emma learnt that some of her relatives wrote songs, played the guitar & sang, she came up with the idea of recording a CD together. So, over the summer, Emma’s great-uncle (Brendan Gallagher) set the wheels in motion, made all the arrangements and the CD was recorded in early August.

When the CD was complete, all involved were very happy with the finished product and decided to sell the CD to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
By purchasing Emmas music you can enjoy a wonderful voice and support a worthy cause.

Buy the CD! here
A radio interview listen here (at start of the program after the news and introduction) a wonderful girl. To hear her singing, forward to about 26 minutes into the program.


Well done Emma you are an inspiration! X


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sadness and Gratitude

This morning the first email I read was from Kirrily who is the brains (and action) behind the Creative for a Second Project. A project that brought together people from all over the world who live with the condition M.E./CFS. *

She wrote to inform us that one of the participants, Nina Bunin, sadly passed away this week.

I can't believe it. Only a few short months ago Nina wrote to me that she was "Out doing. Virtually recovered from M.E". On her Blog (9th July last) she wrote: "I’ve gotten almost well, and am painting like a fiend, and teaching art."
What a tough blow to be diagnosed with cancer after such a long battle with M.E.

Rest in peace my friend


The thoughts about Nina makes one appreciate and express gratitude to life. The daily challenges seem small.

I am grateful to wake up in the morning.
I am grateful to have friends: 'Real life' Friends, 'Phone' Friends, 'Post' Friends and 'Virtual' Friends, who keep me grounded in life, who make me part of the world we live in.
I am grateful to have a roof above my head, and a place to write and create.
I am grateful to see the world, to hear it, to smell it, to experience it.

Love to you Nina.

Love to all of you.




Sunday, November 6, 2011

Books by writing friends

I am fortunate to have writing friends, I would like to introduce you to some.
Diane Searls published two books recently
The Goldie Boy (a short one-act play)
and Ozzy the Emu. A wonderful story for children, well actually, for adults too!



'Ozzy the Emu is based on a true experience of the animal keeper author, Diane Searls. Written for children, this story will be an entertaining read for the adult also. Children learn about emu facts through the story and then complete a quiz and puzzles to enhance their learning.'




To order Diane's books please click here


Spark Deeley published her second book "Do you Remember Me? a few months ago. “Do You Remember Me?” is a beautiful new CD/ Book collaboration by Catherine Cunningham and Spark Deeley. Soulful and quirky, it features six original songs and thirteen vibrant ink paintings which complement the song lyrics. 

As an atheist and someone steeped in the tradition of science, I found this beautiful CD/ Book particularly satisfying. The illustrations of Spark Deeley are vividly striking. Complementing the words and music of Catherine Cunningham, they allow for an overall narrative that speaks to the reader in a personal and poetic way. Get your hands on a copy and look, read and listen to what’s inside, I guarantee you will enjoy it”  (Kevin Doyle, writer)



To order copy of Spark's books please click here

Alan Murphy published his second poetry book this year: Psychosilly






"Alan Murphy's latest collection of poems explores big themes and ideas about the world. The poems themselves vary in length and style, but they are always rhyming, playing with words and taking literal meanings to surreal lengths. The book is illustrated with bright and playful collages. Children aged 9+ will enjoy reading this on their own, although the poems lend themselves to being read aloud with gusto for the enjoyment of children of all ages."





Children's Books Ireland Recommended Reading Guide 2011

The book can be ordered from Alan  

Another book I would like to tell you about is Farewell to Chapelstreet by Paddy Vaughan  
My dear friend Paddy passed away last year at the age of 87. Paddy had been working on this book (his second) for a few years, but ailing health preventing him from finishing it. His son Patrick and granddaughter Mary Anne completed the book.
Paddy lived all his life in Chapel Street, Lismore. The stories in the book brings us back to a different pace of live and is full of anecdotes about the people who lived in this street.
The book is (so far) only available locally, but if you're interested, please contact Patrick Vaughan and he will look after your order.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Poems in shop windows

Our current Mayor of Lismore, Ken Madden, came up with this wonderful idea to invite 10 poets to submit a poem to be displayed in shop windows of our little town of Lismore.

All the poets have a Waterford connection, they are either born in this county, or live here. 
The poems appeared 'overnight' to celebrate All Ireland Poetry Day, on the 6th October.
Invited poets are:
 James Ballantyne, Edward Denniston, Corina Duyn, John Ennis, Áine Uí Fhoghlú, Thomas McCarthy, Liam Murphy, George O’Brien, Mark Roper and Peter Sirr.


The photographs don't quite do justice to the quality of the displays.
My apologies.
But I hope it will give you an idea of what's on offer and that it will inspire you 
bring a visit to Lismore!














Thursday, October 6, 2011

Please come in and have a look around...

in my studio -
  The Garden Room
now I've started to move in.

Actually 
I have moved in.
A few jobs remaining- like installing a sink
but
I can work in it;
sit in it;
relax in it.
What a lucky woman I am!
The Garden Room, but then you already knew that!
An inviting place to enter
All my materials, tool and books are in.
When my craft books went in- I felt I'd completed
my move!

Finally space to finish my bird- a Sea Gull
Ready to fly!
Love the light, the space.
Have used the space so far to work on my weaving projects- paper weaving- more about that later.
Thanks for the visit!
To see how the studio came about, please click Here

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Invitation to IWA Exhibition in Dublin

Last year I entered the IWA (Irish Wheelchair Association) 50th Anniversary Art and Craft Competition with my sculpture Naked Truth. To my great delight it won first prize in the 'craft' category (3D works).
The following was taken from the Summer edition of Spokeout magazine (see page 52) 
"In autumn 2010 IWA invited artists to submit entries for the 50th Anniversary Art and Craft Competition. The aim of the competition was to encourage artists with physical and sensory disabilities to showcase their creative talent. The competition received huge interest and many pieces of an extremely high standard were entered into the four regional heats, which took place in late 2010. Pieces from three categories were selected by representatives from Colleges of Art nationally. All entries selected at regional level went through to a national final which took place in Dublin, and was judged by Declan McGonagle of NCAD."
Winners:

GROUP CATEGORY: Drogheda ROC
CRAFT CATEGORY: Corina Duyn, IWA Member `Naked Truth'
FINE ART CATEGORY: Olive Noonan, IWA Limerick

The exhibition of all the regional and final winning entries
 will take place in Dublin from the 12th till the 14 October.

You are all kindly invited to attend the opening on 
Wednesday 12th October- 12.30pm 
official launch by Professor Declan McGonagle, Director of NCAD
Prize giving will follow and light refreshments will be served.

Connaught House, Burlington Road, Dublin 4

Exhibition open to the public till 4 pm Wednesday and
Thursday 13th and Friday 14th from 10.00am - 4.00pm
(further details: IWA)

I would love to have your company on the 12th! And please, do spread the word.
Many thanks
Corina




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Moving in!


For those of you who have followed the progress of my studio (The Garden Room) well...
as the walls are now painted, and I spend a few days varnishing the paneling, and painting of the window frame, I felt it was time to move in. I simply couldn't wait any longer! 
Some jobs remain to be done to finish the studio for real, but... I'm in!


The table, which I had planned to go by the window, simply looked 'out of place' there. 
Excitedly, I rang Jane to share the idea that had formulated in my brain... a window seat... made from an existing shelf unit. She brought it in; it looked promising, but needed a wider seat.... The following day we used floorboards-offcuts to do just that, and glued a layer of foam on top of it.
On Sunday, I made a few covers. The colourful one is tacked onto the seat and is allowed to get dirty with clay- paint- or whatever else will be used in the studio. 
The seat will double as a seat to work from and...
... a seat to relax on. The views of my garden are inspiring and restful.
After I finished making the covers, I rested on my new window seat, listened to music and felt HAPPY.

Robert is not quite sure about this new space.
He's not that great with change...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Inspiring Doll Artists

Who rules the moon and the stars © Marlaine Verhelst             
To continue, what looks like to be a series-in-the-making, I would like to share with you the work by two Doll Artists- Marlaine Verhelst and Hennie Koffrie, both Dutch, who greatly inspire me to continue to create and to be as imaginative as one can be with design and the use of materials.

I have worked with Marlaine on a three occasions, twice during a workshop in France and once in her home studio. I very much admire her work. Marlaine teaches all over the world. If you like to read  more, please visit  Marlaine Verhelst's blog. or here for a bio
To me, her fantasy figures are beyond imagination.
"Fly like a Bird" © Marlaine Verhelst  

Hennie Koffrie is a friend and colleague of Marlaine. They travel together to various Doll Events all over the world. I haven't yet had the pleasure to meet Hennie, but someone/something did in my place (see below).
Hennie's work is wonderful. Looking at her images gives me the freedom to create whatever is in my head- to use whatever materials will come my way; to tell a story. I can't wait to get started.
(Studio nearly ready!)

"Last Mile" © Hennie Koffrie
MEme:
Years ago, when 'travelling' to my bathroom or kitchen was an event in itself, I sent a tiny stuffed penguin out into the world beyond- she became my alter ego. MEme (M.E.- me) travelled by post to many many countries and visited friends and family, but she was also introduced to people I've never met, and places I've never been.
MEme's carers wrote in her diary and took photos of the adventures. When the diaries came back to me, I really DID feel I had been away on a break. They have given me hours and years of comfort, laughter and gratitude.
During the time MEme spend with Marlaine ('02) she was brought along to a Doll Event in Washington. MEme shared a room with Marlaine and Hennie. I have this wonderful photo of MEme getting a kiss from Hennie! When I looked for a web-link to Hennie's work I couldn't stop laughing when I saw MEme in the hands of Hennie! 
Hennie with MEme- my alter ergo
I keep meaning to scan the pages of MEme's diaries and put them up on my website- so you can all enjoy the adventures and funny images.... but it is such a big job. Anybody offering their services to do this....? 
I can ask, can't I :-)

For some of my own Artist Dolls of the past see here