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Three's Weave

Nicole DeBoer's avatar Nicole DeBoer

Over the course of 2017, my husband and I grieved the loss of 5 family members. Each was painfully unexpected and heartbreaking. There was so much anger, pain, sadness, loss and tears. I wasn't sure how to cope with the weight of it all, on top of helping my husband with his pain. 2017 also happened to be our first year of marriage. It felt more like a year of mourning instead of excitement, love and laughter. It was a tough year for our families and our marriage. Grief was a never-ending tunnel and no matter how hard we tried, we couldn't get out of it. Wanting to get out of the house, I signed up for a weaving course last spring. I quickly fell in love with the unrestricted patterns, methodical process and textures. Three's Weave was my first project, so I wasn't sure exactly what I was doing or what I wanted it to look like, but I liked that it was a new and unfamiliar process where I was learning. Halfway through this piece, I realized this process was a lot like the season of life I was going through. I found that processing my pain through creating something brand new helped me to process what was going on in the inside. I believe Three's Weave developed from my own posture of accepting the tension that comes from holding both grief and hope in the same hand. Finding hope was not the absence of grief, but the acceptance of it and having the courage to keep moving forward. From a season of pain, came beauty. My hope is that you may find the bravery to venture into your pain and find your own form of Three's Weave to find hope, healing and light.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 0.5 inches
  • Medium: Mixed Fibers
  • Width: 4.5 ft.
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 1.83 ft.