Artist, friend, and Etsy seller Claudia Moya aka Mundogominola recently passed away from a rare heart condition. She was a young and talented illustrator living in Madrid, Spain. According to Claudia's final wishes, her friend Kristina aka Krize is finishing sending out Claudia's sold artwork. Etsy asked Kristina to share this tribute she wrote about her dear friend and I am sharing it with all of you as a repost.
Claudia truly was a talented artist and we at Dirty Pretty Things are very sad to learn of her passing. We are touched by this tribute...May peace be with her family and friends at this time.
Claudia Moya (Mundogominola)
(“Mundogominola” – translation “The World of Gummies”)
Her world was beautiful and colorful like a Gummies Store. This was a world of dreams, treasures, happiness, and smiles.
She shared this unique, sweet world with everybody. It was created by a girl who lived in her cozy little apartment in Madrid with her cat named Wish, lots of books, dim lighting and colored pencils. This is how Claudia Moya’s world was and still is.
She was a beautiful girl with a fragile heart and little hands that made magic. It radiates from her geisha's, young ladies with red cheeks and long necks, charming princesses and jewelry like little treasures. A girl who couldn’t sleep at night, who instead dreamed during the day. The one who wanted to be a cat, and left an impression on everyone she met. She was a simple and unique person; a girl whose desire was to make the world a more beautiful place with her illustrations. And she did it, taking advantage of every single minute as if she knew there weren’t many left. Loving, drawing, sharing, and always smiling. She used to say, “I wouldn’t want to be there when the laughs are over.” And the laughs went with her.
She will always be in the hearts of those who loved her. It is a misfortune for those who never had the chance to meet her personally. Claudia's characters will remain within the books and bookshelves inside the walls of many houses in far away countries, in the inspirations of other artists, in her cozy blog, her smiles in photographs, the magic on her jewelry and her image in our memories.
Her magical world remains without her, and will always be here for everyone: the smiling ones, the sad ones, the dreamers, and those who forgot how to dream, just like Claudia, who used to open her heart without fear or hesitation. The same heart that stopped beating one day this winter.
Her Etsy store was her little refuge, a place where she could show all the pretty things she made, where she could find people like her. People who, even without knowing each others faces, could share so many important things in their work. A place to teach, find and create. A place to lose and find ones self.
I am pretty sure she keeps smiling now from a cloud, with colored pencils in one hand, a sketch in the other, and a little bag of gominolas.
Be happy forever, Claudia. Thank you for MundoGominola and everything that you never kept from sharing with us.