Saturday, September 24, 2016

The story of apples

I have two apples trees in my front garden. One, the nearest to the road is this gorgeous "Katie" variety with these tempting red apples.

Even weeks before they are ripe, people can't seem to resist picking them off the tree... I have seen people walk away with handfuls... and then throw them away as they are still too hard to eat.

So, I put up a note :
These apples are not ripe yet, so please don't pick them. And when they are ripe, would you please be so kind to ASK before picking them?"
Another option was: "Remember what happened to Adam and Eve?"

This turned into a topic of conversation among the many walkers along my road (which leads to the Lady Louisa's walk) I watched many people (tourists) take photographs. And I had some lovely conversations with these Lismore visitors.

As a direct result of these apples and note, a German couple came in to see my art and books and we had a very interesting chat about art and puppets. The man was Mask-Performer  . I have met Americans, English, Swiss, and of course Irish. Some have visited my studio and went way with more books, as well as apples.

Some other visitors, many might not enjoy, but I welcome them.

These wasps have build a beautiful nest inside a bird-nesting-box near the tree. I found a cleaned out apple on the ground. They devoured all the flesh, but left the skin and the core. I thought it to be a work of genius!

There is a very short video of the wasps in action.
(Sorry for slightly shaky appearence, it is not your eyes, but my not so steady legs.)
Wasps eating apple from Corina Duyn on Vimeo.

Now that they are ripe I have them up on the wall,
and again I am meeting some lovely people as a result.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Carousel Aware Book Award 2016

Little did I know that it is possible to almost jump out of the window from excitement - wheelchair and all - when reading an email.

The cause for the excitement?

... That my Into the Light book has been SHORTLISTED for the very first Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors (The CAP Awards) My book is one of five in the Best Non Fiction category.

The winners of The CAP Awards will be announced on the evening of Tuesday the 25th of October in The Teacher’s Club,  Parnell’s Square, Dublin at 7pm. To express your interest in attending the awards night please register here  "There will be a raffle for Aware on the night, with prizes such as many of the CAP entry books amongst other gems... To get us started, we hear that Dubray Books has a particularly juicy prize up for grabs."

The award is on aid of Aware,  an Irish Charity Educating and empowering people to look after their mental health. Their mission statement is:" Aware undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, free from stigma, and are encourages to accesss appropriate therapies.

I hope you can join us on the night, and while I have you here, I would like to thank all of you who have believed in my Into the Light  project and have supported me throughout the making of it and since its birth exactly a year ago.

Love and light to you all.


If you like to read/hear thoughts about the book from others, please see
Sister Stanislaus Kennedy at The Sanctuary 
Mary Grehan, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust at Lismore Library  
Michael Harding  at Dzogchen Beara 

Book available from website , Dzogchen Beara, Ardmore Gallery and Pottery, and The Sanctuary

Sunday, August 28, 2016

'Into the Light' book review in 25% ME group newsletter

It is always a pleasure to receive a review of my work, and this one is no exception.
This Into the Light book review appeared in the 25% ME Group summer 2016  Newsletter. Issue 41

Thank you Helen Brownie, for your kind words.

In one of my last posts I wrote about the 25% M.E. Group. To my delight (and with my permission) this post was translated for a Dutch/Belgium ME support group. And it also featured on the Disability Arts Online website.

I hope all this brings more awareness of the challenges which people so ill with this illness, are experiencing.

Which brings me to my first book Hatched - a creative journey through M.E., an illustrated journal about the first few years of illness. This book- almost out of print- will soon be available as e-book.
Watch this space!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

'Into the Light' Prints and Art postcards

Hello all,

I hope this finds you well. As well as well can be!

As many readers of Into the Light  told me that they have framed sheets from the box, I created a a limited edition of A4  prints. It has an image and a one line quote underneath. (Printed on one side only)

Each of these 24 print are available unframed for €12.50 each, including postage to anywhere in the world.
Two for €24 or 3 for €30.

They can be ordered from my website 

On that page are also sets of Art Postcards available. See bottom of this blog for images.

If you prefer a framed one, please contact me, as I need to calculate the postage.

samples of framed prints

Sets of 6 (or 7) Art postcards,  €6 including postage to anywhere in the world!

Friday, August 5, 2016

The 8th of August, Severe M.E. Day- for Understanding & Remembrance

© "Desperate"  Linda Crowhurst 

‘The Roll Call of the Dead’ 
See stonebird

The 8th of August 2016 will be the fourth annual Severe M.E. Day- for Understanding & Remembrance

This year The 25% ME Group are placing the spotlight on Remembrance. 
"However, sad to say, the life experiences of many of those who are no longer with us were marred by a terrible lack of understanding. So Remembrance highlights the need for Understanding – they go very much hand in hand."
We are immensely grateful to Jane Collingridge, mother of Emily Collingridge, and Criona Wilson, mother of Sophia Mirza, for sharing their reflections. Also to Kay Gilderdale, mother of Lynn, whose plea for appropriate care in the light of her daughter’s terrible experiences is posted prominently on our webpage for Severe M.E. Day 2016. This in the hope that this will help others. (This information was kindly forwarded to me by Helen Brownlie 25% Group Advocacy Worker. )

Although I have lived with this illness for 18 years, and have had many years of being mostly housebound, and at times bed boundthankfully I have never been this ill. I have been fortunate to was never totally bed bound or needed to be fed. I managed to stay some bit afloat, among many hospital stays along the way.  I slowly regained more independence over the years. I managed to write about my experiences and regained ability to be creative. 
I am grateful. 
Very grateful.

But there are many who remain so ill with this illness, that they truly portray the essence of living with a hidden illness.

Most us us who live with this illness, will know what I am talking about- Hidden illness. We are only out when we are well enough, so people assume that we are always this 'well'. And therefor the notion that 'it is all in out head' is confirmed by the skeptics.
Those people do not see the affects about our short adventures outside the door: the effects of being in a crowd; the effects of the heat of the sun; the smells in the air; the effects of noise. Most of these things can leave us drained for days, or weeks.

In my case, people see how I do my art and even publish books and have exhibitions. It is even been suggested that I am Very Fortunate to have so much time to create and to be out in my garden... 

Lost Voices 
All these creative adventures are produced twenty minutes at the time - at most about one hour on a whole day - On a Very Good Day. It took me a month to recover from the opening event of my last exhibition. But I am grateful to have this ability- especially when I know of others with this illness who never leave their beds or houses.
I hope that I can be some bit of a voice for them through my art and books.

Talking about Books- here is one with stories about those hidden from society because of M.E.. 'Lost Voices from a Hidden Illness’. I have a copy of it on my shelf. Please Buy one, and support this hidden community.

© Linda Crowhurst Nightmare Together
Through the 25% group and their effort to bring the experiences into the light, I came across the art of Linda Crowhurst . Who states about her work" I have chosen to use stick pictures to represent my body, because that is how ME makes me feel : thin and brittle, reduced and diminished to the bare minimum. They represent the starkness of my situation and how this paralysing illness has taken away so much of me."  

If you would like to read more about the people who live with Severe M.E. You can find featured articles for Severe M.E. Day 2016 HERE

The summer edition of the 25% ME Group newsletter is HERE, (which kindly hosts a review my Into the Light book too).

Thank you for your time to read this and for keeping these severly ill people in your minds on the 8th August, and every day.

With gratitude,


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Artworks at Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Here are a few of the sculptures and tapestries at my Full Circle Exhibition 
at the Carnegie Arts Centre during July 2016.

  • If you like purchase one of these pieces, please email the Carnegie Art Centre with:
    • FULL CIRCLE - ARTWORK ORDER in Email Subject.
    • Name of the sculpture or tapestry.
    • Include your email and phone details.
  • Payments are to be made to the Carnegie Arts Centre.
  • Please note that delivery of the artwork, and associated cost is not included in these prices. Arrangements have to be made with the Arts Centre. +353 (0)64 6648701

Other artworks, tapestries, books, postcards and prints 
are also available at the exhibition.
Some sculptures are available through Secret Auction See HERE

'Beach Bliss'16x10x18 cm €195
'Garden Poppy' Tapestry 11x15cm €100 
'Healing' 14x11.5 cm (plus frame) €200 

'Wisdom' 46x18x74 cm €1500
'Autumn Dance' Tapestry 23.5x16.5 (plus frame) €400

'Book Baby' 24x20x4cm €100
'Pulled From the Mud' 22x15x11cm €60
'Turning over a new Leaf' 24x7x6cm €50

See my Facebook page for images of the launch

With every best wish, and thank you for supporting my work and the running of the Carnegie Arts Centre, who will also benefit from artwork sales.