Arte Soleil

Out of tragedy comes beauty …

Coffin Purses by April Degele

In the last few years, I’ve had my fair share of tragedy. While I was floating in the blackest of pools, I looked up. What I saw was my own beauty and potential in total darkness.

Coffins represent loss. While we get suck in that idea, what we fail to see is that with loss comes transformation. Out of tragedy comes beauty if we can manage to allow ourselves to see it.

Each of these purses represent some loss that I have experienced. That’s why they have names and aren’t simple conversation pieces, though they can be. I carried my losses with me, cared for them, nurtured them, until I could see the beauty that grew in that void left by the loss.

The straps are paracord intentionally. It’s a simple representation of the effort it took to create my own lifeline to nurture those losses they were attached to. The more I effort I put into caring for that void, the stronger the lifeline. And, practically speaking, if you find yourself in an emergency, in which paracord would be useful, you can cut the strap at the attachment points and have at least 20 feet of useable cord.


–April Degele, 2017


  • February 9, 2018
    Sarah McDermed

    What a lovely post. And I love the practical twist of using paracord!

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