With the deepest of grief, we share with you the loss of someone who has brought immense life, joy and colour to our core at The YP Foundation.
We lost Purple Malik on November 28, 2009, after a brief and highly unexpected struggle with Blood Cancer. Purple came to us two years ago, as a young college student and journalist, and we have known her in multiple roles since, as a Friend, Graphic Designer extraordinaire, Events Curator, Staff Member, and Colleague amongst many others.
We are at a loss at what to say, other than the fact that her voice and her art are still etched so clearly in front of us, when we look at the voice she gave our work through these past two years, in her digital story, her art work, two years worth of 4am online conversations on everything from poster designs to sound to our future dreams. She always took us to new heights, with her trademark intense hard work and easygoing nature, becoming a part of each of us in different ways.
We last spoke with Purple a few days ago before she left us. She was taking some time off to heal and take care of herself, and mentioned to one of us that in these past few months that had been hard and challenging for her, coming to TYPF to all of you, kept her going and had helped her cope. “It’s been my happy space” are words that still resound in our minds. We feel that somewhere, she would have wanted everyone at TYPF to know that.
We know and love Purple for her wild eccentricities, her brilliantly curious mind, her vision of the world, her sense of humour, her individualistic sense of dressing, the strikingly talented artist she is and her poetic heart. Some of our most life changing conversations and arguments, in art and on life have been with Purple, at early morning hours of working together, almost every second day for weeks on end in the last two years. She taught us how to see life a little differently, a second vision that we found in her art and in her hopes and dreams for what she wanted to do.
We cannot imagine not having her with us anymore. She is so many things for so many people, and this institution owes her so very much. We wish that she finds peace and knows how much she is loved, and how much we owe her, for how she brought us together and the laughter and light she brought to this organization.
A prayer meeting for her was held earlier in December 2009 and we dedicated our first fundraiser ‘Raising Decibel Levels’ that month, to her talent and genius as an artist and a human being, where we exhibited her artwork and a digital story she had put together earlier last year with the Global Fund for Children. She was in the first few stages of designing our first institutional brochure when she passed away and it was a project that we had been working on for many weeks now, she was incredibly excited about it.
We have set up a wall in office that is hers, with messages for her, her art work, with the spirit that’s just uniquely Purple, where many colleagues and young people from across the world whose lives she touched, have written for her. The wall is open; so do feel free to share any thoughts and messages you’d like to.
We celebrate and miss her; she will always be the most beautiful part of us.