Featured Work: Florence Arlene Small Altered Book

 In Honor of Florence Arlene Small. (2018). Altered book pages. Hand-painted and altered paper with acrylics. Hand-sewn binding.

In Honor of Florence Arlene Small. (2018). Altered book pages. Hand-painted and altered paper with acrylics. Hand-sewn binding.

If you have followed my blog, you will know I am extremely moved by the story of Florence Arlene Small (March 27, 1879 - September 28, 1916). She was brutally murdered by her husband in her home. I wrote about her on my March 18, 2017 blog post.

 In Honor of Florence Arlene Small. (2018). Altered book cover.

In Honor of Florence Arlene Small. (2018). Altered book cover.

This morning, I finished sewing together the pages of this altered book I made. I wanted to document what happened to Florence Arlene in her final hours, as well as honor her memory.

 In Honor of Florence Arlene Small. (2018). Altered book pages.

In Honor of Florence Arlene Small. (2018). Altered book pages.

Inside the book is a repeated image of Florence Arlene (the one I could find of her in the newspapers). I wanted anyone viewing the book to be reminded on each page that Florence Arlene Small was, first and foremost, a person. I think it would have been easy, at the time, to get caught up in the sensationalism of the trial and have her life overshadowed by the brutality of the man who caused as much suffering in her life as in her death.

I have not included all the pages here. I will make a video "flip-through" to share.

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Cheers!--Janyce