Claire - songbird, educator, adventurer, sister, daughter and friend who brightened our lives - died December 8 in Hebron, ME at 26. She would have turned 27 on December 19.
Claire loved to create. She wrote music and poetry, fashioned her own clothes, crafted gifts, and found beauty in funky objects. To her, creating was natural self-expression and vital self-care.
Shortly before her death, this self-expression manifested in a collection of whimsical collages imbued with nostalgia and wit. Claire scanned through old National Geographic magazines, extracting gorgeous landscapes and inserting characters that seem to have wandered onto the wrong page. These enchanting scenes tell subtly layered stories, both timeless and out of time.
Claire loved to collaborate. In the weeks after Claire’s passing, her close family and friends gravitated to this same activity as a form of healing and processing. Magazine cut-out sessions became a reliable source of comfort and zen. It was a way for us to feel close to Claire, and to express ourselves through her lens.
Soon we decided to work towards a collaborative project in honor of Claire. Pooling our paper resources, we realized we could create a “Planet Claire” - a collage of collages - inspired by her artistic style and as a representation of the lives she touched. This work merges the diverse, creative minds of Claire’s community, and embodies her free artistic spirit.
We’re deeply grateful to those who contributed magazines, gave guidance, lent their hands and eyes and vehicles and time. This project was made possible by:
Anita Randall, Molly Randall, Gabe Randall, Gabe Gordon, Bridget Read, Maggie Toth, Hanh Le, Cat Lum, Julia Mintz, Laura Mintz, Steff Yotka, Jordyn Cohen, Nick Otte, Dominic Green, Alex Jarvis, Jude Shimer, Tara Daniels, Alex Constas, Sam Doyon, Biviana Sanchez, Erica Garber, Laura Craft, Naisha Solomon, Andrew Meeker, and Annie Segrest
Visit Claire's TREE at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
With your support, Friends and Family of Claire made a contribution to the BBG - a place Claire treasured and visited often. A young Scarlet Oak tree on the Cherry Esplanade has now been dedicated to Claire, with a plaque that reads "You're spring to us".
While you're at the Garden, visit some of Claire's favorite spots - including the Lilac Collection, the Japanese Water Garden, and the tulips on the Lily Pool Terrace.
FUND FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
The Claire Randall Fund will support Sanctuary's Economic Empowerment Program, providing education and training to help survivors of gender violence learn the skills they need to secure living wage jobs and break the cycle of abuse.
Donations in support of The Family and Memorial Service
THREE CAUSES CLAIRE BELIEVED IN. THREE ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT IN HER HONOR.
Donations below can be addressed to:
Anita, Molly, Gabe, and Gabe
Sanctuary for Families
Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, we empower thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a range of comprehensive services and advocacy.
Camp Surefire is Rhode Island’s only camp designed for children and teens with diabetes (ages 6 – 17). Camp Surefire HQ is located in Bristol, RI. Our camp programs are held at the University of Rhode Island W. Alton Jones campus in West Greenwich, RI.
Camp Surefire has a full staff of volunteer counselors and medical professionals who work around the clock to keep our campers happy and safe. While at camp, kids meet other kids with diabetes, and learn from older campers, counselors, and staff. Many of our campers have grown to become counselors, and serve as role models for the next generation.
(PayPal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Resonant Motion, Inc. is committed to the great potential that exists when music intersects with meaningful facets of the world outside of pitches and rhythms. RMI believes that music has a profound capacity to inspire people towards personal growth, strength and transformation and to and educate people about issues important to their world. Likewise, these things can all provide inspiration and thus aid in creating more meaningful and potent music.