103% Funded


Target: €3200


€3,325 Raised


49 Funders

Into the Light - A book in a box

By Corinaduyn.com


My name is Corina Duyn. I am an author and artist.

Creativity has been hugely important during the past 17 years to help me understand my life lived with chronic illness (M.E./CFS). Writing, drawing, or the making sculptures allows me to see where the boundaries lay, but also to explore the possibilities beyond.

The earlier works had the central theme of the lifecycle of a bird.

‘Egg: something vulnerable, but capable of becoming a new individual’. I could relate to that. Slowly I 'hatched' and found my wings to fly.

These artworks were shown at several solo exhibitions and were the subject of three books to date: Hatched (2006), Cirrus Chronicles (2009) and Flying on Little Wings (2011). Although mainly housebound, these explorations made me part of the world - again.

I was flying. But not recovering physically.

A Disability Studies course in 2012 opened my eyes beyond the personal experience, into the lives of many others living with disability and chronic illness. In a way, I became more grounded.

It was as if the birds had dropped seeds of acceptance, which started to root and grow. This change also made its way into my art. The first such piece was Metamorphosis (the profile image). Firmly rooted. ‘With roots like that she can grow... Into the light’

These studies and my new art were the catalyst to my current creative project: an Artist Book-in-a-Box, called Into the Light.

Into the Light consists of approximately 80 loose A5 sheets, gathered in a custom-made wooden box. (And limited edition Linen Covered box). Each sheet shares an art or nature image, and quote (by another author) on one side. A short reflection on life with chronic illness on the reverse: about fear, hope, acceptance, personal challenges and society’s opinions, living in the now, to moments of gratitude.

The reader becomes part of the project by deciding the sequence of the pages, by taking one out, hanging them up like prayer flags, or posting them off to friends and family.

The project has been basking in kindness. I have received so much practical and moral support - Thank you all. This includes support through the Rehab Visual and Performing Arts, and Waterford City and County Council Arts.

I am close to finishing the writing and the boxes have been designed by Designed4U, and Muckross Bookbindery, with the help of Dave Murphy.

Into the Light will be launched Sunday 6th September at Dechen Shying Care Centre, West Cork (where the project in its current format was conceived). Also Thursday 24th September at Lismore Library, Co. Waterford, which includes an exhibition.

The funds raised will go towards the printing of the pages and production of the two box editions.

If you pledge for one of my sculptures or small tapestries, I would like your permission to have these works available for the exhibition in September.

Click the link below to see my artwork, books and more info on the project.



Done it!

With the help of all of you I have reached the target to my campaign. THANK YOU! I am currently editing the pages, and will go to print during the second half of August. The boxes will be made soon too. It is all coming together nicely. The first Book launch will be on Sunday 6th September 3pm, at the Dechen Shying Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara, near Allihies in West Cork, Ireland. The guest speaker is writer Michael Harding. The second launch is on Thursday 24 September at 7pm, at Lismore Library, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland. Guest speaker yet to be announced. The Lismore event coincides with an exhibition of my artwork, and will run till 15 October. The first of the rewards will be posted out this week. Others will be ready for collection during one of the launches. Many thanks for joining me on this adventure. Please stay in touch! With every best wish Corina

The now-explored teritory of "Crowd Funding Land"

It has been quite a journey into the unknown. Walking through the un-explored territories of Crowd Funding land… It has been interesting, challenging, exciting, heartwarming, and a little scary at times to see if I reach the target… With 6 days to go, the amazing kindness of funders: friends- family- and strangers together have raised a brilliant 75%. Of course I hope to get to the finishing line… ANY Amount pledged, from €5 upwards is equally appreciated, You can add your own amount by scrolling down the list of rewards. If you go this route, please make sure to tick "I don't need a reward for this" fro your pledge to go through. Thank you!!

Almost half way!

Thank you all for joining me on this exciting adventure. I am almost half way to reaching the funding target, to publish my book, with two weeks left to fund the remainder. Thank you for your support in advance, to help me reach this goal. A Crowd Funding story is to be found on http://corinaduyn.blogspot.ie/2015/06/on-being-crowd-funding-artist.html My deepest gratitude to ALL! Corina

Images of the rewards

A big thank you, to the latest funders. Please see the Fund It page on my website for images and furhtere details of all the works and books available in tis campaign. http://www.corinaduyn.com/site/fundit/ Best wishes Corina

Talking on Disability Arts Radio about Fund it and my campaign

The reaching 'into the light' through my art and writing continues! It is all very exciting and absolutely heartwarming. Tuesday I was interviewed by Padraig Naugthon, from Arts and Disability Ireland on his Arts & Disability Radio program on Near FM, to talk about my Into the Light book project. This very interesting program runs every second Tuesday, but can be listened back to on MixCloud. Listen to my interview from 7.45 minutes into the program, to 30.30 minutes ... with a gorgeous song by Cara Dillon in between. https://www.mixcloud.com/discover/corina-duyn/ With the kindness of friends and strangers, I have raised over 20%. I have three weeks left to raise the remaining %. If you like to help me raise the remaining funds to print the book, I would be immensely grateful. with every best wish Corina

Another Radio Interview

Many Many Thanks for your support. It is a wonderful experience having my project on Fundit and I'm so excited that the funding continues. If all goes well, I'll have another Radio interview next week. I'll keep you posted and maybe you can listen in? Many Thanks, Corina.

Images of Art works and books on offer

Please see my new :fund:it page on my website with images and further information about all the art works and books on offer as rewards: http://www.corinaduyn.com/site/fundit/ Many thanks agai for all the enthusiam for the project. My deepest gratitude. Corina

Off to a Great Start.

A BIG THANK YOU, to the 5 funders and all the well wishers on my facebook page. It's been a great experience getting the project this far and appearing on the Sean O'Rourke Show on RTE Radio 1 ( 10-June-2015 ) Stay up to date and visit my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CorinaDuyn?ref=hl Many Many Thanks, Corina.

Just Launched

Hello ! I have just launched my project on Fundit. Check out my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CorinaDuyn?ref=hl and web site www.corinaduyn.com too, for more information. Thanks, Corina.

funders (49)

There are 44 public funders of this project

There are 5 anonymous funders of this project