Hello, Grace here.
I hope this finds you safe, happy and healthy. I really do.
I hope you’ll forgive me. This week I won’t be sharing artwork or raffle winners on this Saturday Share. There is something more important at hand.
Life can be so uncomprehendingly tragic at times. Last Saturday our friend (and old Clarity colleague) Ani Graves passed away, just 5 days ahead of her 34th birthday. She had only just found out a few weeks before that she had an aggressive form of cancer, that had spread to multiple locations. Our hearts break for Ani, her daughter, her partner and family.
Ani started as a Clarity stamp maker when she was just 20!
Then when Ani was expecting her baby, Mum moved her into the design department. Ani quickly learned how to navigate her way around a Mac, so that she could work from home when the baby came. She was such a brilliant artist, in so many ways.
Ani designed the Flyaway Boy and the Girl, the You hung the Moon, the child with the heart balloons and so many more. These are some of Mum’s all time forever favourites!
Ani was a bright, clever and creative woman. And we can’t stop thinking about her. We can’t stop thinking about her lovely daughter Dorothy either, now 7 years old.
Dorothy was our first Clarity Baby, you see.
And we loved when Ani did her weekly office visits.
They both hold a special place in Mum’s heart, I know that. Mum just about managed to send me her photos and get her donation in, but couldn’t write this one herself. She always had a real soft spot for both of them. I honestly have never seen my Mum be that obsessed with a baby before, setting Dot up next to her desk every time she visited. So I know Mum will always have Dotty’s back from afar. We’re heartbroken for them.
There are no words really. Ani and I had spoken briefly just 2 weeks ago on Instagram, and she shared her bad news with me. And one week later she’s gone. I don’t know what to say. But there’s a JustGiving page for beautiful Dorothy and Ani’s partner Dan, both suddenly left behind without her, so we have to say something! This is where we can help.
Nobody could have foreseen this tragedy, and Ani had no time to prepare. So her little girl and partner need all the help they can get – financially too.
Please donate what you can, if you can. I’ve attached the link below. Every little really does help.
Perhaps you’d like to make a card too. If you already own those beautiful images that Ani designed, why not make some art putting them to work and post it on Clarity Worldwide. Simply in memory of Ani.
Let’s just flood the page with her Ani artwork and her Ani energy. She will be greatly missed by so many.
Travel gently friends…
Lotsa love, Grace xo
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