Sunday, December 14, 2014

Aerial, a sculpture

My latest sculpture Aerial
was created with the support of staff of the IWA (Irish Wheelchair Association)
 at the outreach Centre in Dungarvan, which I now attend almost every week.

I needed a little help with the rolling of clay and some of the painting. 
Staff support me in whatever way they can.
Even other members became part of the project. 
Like making the little mouse at the bottom of the ladder, and the knitting of her blanket.

It was interesting to experience how the sculpture evolved 
through the influence of the centre and the people.

I had the overall shape in mind,
but as others were working with driftwood, shells and twine from the beach, 
this found its way into my work.

Thank you all who were involved!

"Aerial" is available for €350, but with the understanding that the sculpture is available for the exhibition and book launches in September 2015
To reserve her, please email me
Aerial (detail), Sculpture by Corina Duyn 2014

Aerial (detail), Sculpture by Corina Duyn 2014

Aerial 58x20x15cm, Sculpture by Corina Duyn 2014
Articles published in IWA Magazine see here 

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Articles published in Spokeout Autumn 2014 Edition

These articles: What a Difference a Day Makes; and Upcycled Wheelchair were published in the autumn 2014 edition of Spokeout the lifestyle magazine of the IWA (Irish Wheelchair Association).

If you would like to read my articles online (you can enlarge the pages etc) see Article pages
If the link does not work, go to PDF page number 29 till 31 of the magazine which can be viewed online, by clicking here


And thanks for your company here on my blog.
Best wishes

PS ... Two days left of Book offer
A sculpture created with the support of IWA staff, see here 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dechen Shying, a place where my creativity moves into unexpected places

Prayer Flags at Dzogchen Beara
It has been already a few weeks since I am back from a stay at my beloved Dechen Shying at Dzogchen Beara, but my computer time has been taken up by working on my book project Into the Light.

Yet again it was a memorable week. 
It truly is an extraordinary place as I wrote here and here. You never know who you might meet, or what might happen.
For me it is also a place where my creativity seems to move into places I had not expected.
I was there to work on my book project and a head of a sculpture I had started recently.

The face emerged. Slowly.

I am fascinated by the fact that I use the same clay, the same method, the same tools, and yet the faces all turn out to have their very own personality. I was a little in awe of the face that came into being in this case. I let her happen.
Work in Progress © Corina Duyn 2014
One of the difficulties with staying at Dechen Shying... is that when I wake up I simply have to get up and watch the sunrise. Stunning every single time. No matter what the weather is like.
I snuggle up in a blanket and sit in the recliner chair in the conservatory off my room. Happy out!
sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
At times I picked up some breakfast from the kitchen to eat in the conservatory, not wanting to miss the glorious views.

As always I rested lots in between work, took part in the guided meditations, if I got up in time... And chatted with guests and staff. ... or visited the cafe for overly delicious carrot cake...

even in the rain it is beautiful
One of the guests Margaret, brought me for a drive around the tip of the peninsula along Allihies. I had been told about the stunningly beautiful scenery. No word of a lie there. It was stunning. And I got see and smell the sea. Feel the wind. What a treat!

at a little beach near Allihies

the beach near Allihies
Peter Cornish who really is the person behind the whole story of Dzogchen Beara wrote a most wonderful memoir. Dazzled by Daylight The story is funny, extraordinary, trusting, heartwarming and written with such beautiful language. 
I am forever thankful that Peter and Harriet came to West Cork and bought this barren place and let it grow to what it is today.
Forever grateful.

I hope to go back early next year again, to further work on my book and art.
I can't wait.

See here for Irish Times  article  'Peter Cornish’s dream was to build a refuge from the mayhem.'

PS See here for my Christmas book offer, valid till 15th December 2014 

Into the Light has been supported by the Rehab Group Visual and Performing Arts Fund

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Books for Christmas

As Christmas time is almost upon us, please see below for some book offers.
This offer is available until 15th December 2014

  • All three books for €25 (saving of €10), 
  • 5 copies of Flying on Little Wings for €20 (Saving €5), 
  • Cirrus Chronicles book and audio CD for €15 (saving €2.50)

All are free of postage anywhere in the world!
All signed copies. If you like them to be signed for anyone personally, please let me know, either on the order form or via email
Please use the drop down menu to place your order.
For individual book orders or art, please visit my website shop

Thanking you and wishing you a happy, Reading, Christmas!

All proceeds of sales will go towards the printing of Into the Light in 2015. Thank you.


Endorsements for Hatched
“Hatched” is one of the most energetic, generous-hearted, sharp-minded and inspiring books of poems I’ve read for quite a while. No matter what page you open the book I find love of life, an appreciation of life, a vibrant sense of privilege and gratitude …” (Poet Brendan Kennelly)
It is beautiful. Really beautiful. It gives me courage. (Dianne Mawhood)
I found tears rolling down my cheeks- tears of both empathy and relief. You have shared your experiences in a simple, beautiful, and human way.’ (Sue Page)
“This is a work of quality art that illustrates and tells a heartfelt story of a young artist’s struggle to make fine art and cope with the debilitating M.E. It deserves an international audience and merits a place on best-seller lists.” (Liam Murphy, Munster Express)

Endorsements for Cirrus Chronicles:
“.. I love the book …it’s very special.  I read it last night with my granddaughter Síafra…and we had a great time talking about it ….she gave it a hundred out of a hundred!” (Nuala Hayes)
“…. I love the real world around Lismore that Corina Duyn has conjured up, especially the Cloudland International Rainbow Dance Festival, where the cloud fairies dance and eat sky-blue candyfloss and drink rainbow lemonade. You may even learn Cloud-Hole-Jumping.  Who knows, but at some future date, people may come to Lismore (co. Waterford- Ireland)  to track the habitat of many of the creatures of this book.“ (Liam Murphy- Munster Express)

Endorsements for Flying on Little Wings
Precious” (Dolores Ronayne)
A beautiful little book with stunning photographs and thought provoking words. It can be read many times to entertain, sustain, and help keep belief in things improving.” (Sue Page)
A striking artistic achievement. It will bring joy and admiration to many hearts and minds.” (Brendan Kennnelly, Poet)
Gentle and Wise, the simple reassurance of nature breathing from every page.” (Spark Deeley, artist and writer)

Cirrus Chronicles on Audio.

There are only a few CD's left...

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