Little Women - You can’t judge a Book by its Cover

Materials: 1970’s copy of published book “Little Women”, dolls, paper

Technique: cutting, hand-lettering

Size: 14 x 21 x 3 cm

Description: When the cover is opened, the viewer realizes that this is no longer Louisa May Alcott’s original version of “Little Women”. The book still contains words written by Ms Alcott, but they are no longer presented in a traditional page format. The book has now become a box filled with little women, representing a wide diversity of culture, age, body shape, dress style and attitude. They are all very different, and yet they all coexist together. Louisa May Alcott’s insightful writings will hopefully continue to inspire, empower and motivate women for many generations to come. 


Exhibited in “Coverings” at Gallery 159 at The Gap, and “Boundless Books” in Geelong in 2007.
Displayed at Scattered Arts in 2008.
Purchased by a private collector in Melbourne.


The words on the dolls: 

Taiwanese doll:
Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know. 

Russian wooden doll:
shut yourself up in a bandbox because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take your part in the world's work, for it all affects you and yours. 

Nepalese silk doll:
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them. 

Chinese clay figurine:
(s)he who believes is strong; (s)he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. Louisa May Alcott

Norwegian wooden figure:
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. 

Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won. 

Little cartoon bra-girl:
Love is a great beautifier.

Pink-haired cloth doll:
Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us-and those around us - more effectively. Look for the learning. 

Standing plastic pinkie doll:
Resolve to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her. 

Guatemalan doll:
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving... and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing. 

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