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The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words- Illustrated Paperback – December 6, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1453636343 ISBN-10: 145363634X Edition: Ill

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Ill edition (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145363634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453636343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Polly M. Law is a bricoleur, mythologeinist, artist and designer with abiding interests in language, NE-native plant gardening, tea and double-acrostics. Ms. Law is a koumpounomaniac and lives- and is always on the lookout for great buttons- in the Mid-Hudson valley of New York.

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Polly M. Law

Following the precepts of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle- that one can know the velocity/direction or the location of a particle, but not both at the same time; and that observation changes the experiment- here's what I can tell you about myself:
I was born and raised in a small village in the midwest. I currently live in the mid-Hudson valley of New York. I worked for over 20 years doing art for advertising, mostly in New York City. So, a few changes in axis after extended periods at one set of coordinates; overall trend- to the North-Northeast.

My current work is about animation- or the possibility of it, color, texture, and how creativity can flourish within constraints. Animation in the sense of bringing alive inanimate materials or objects, not particularly the art form of cel or computer animation- at least not right now; but how figures articulate. Playing with color and texture for the total joy of giving those rods and cones a real workout. I enjoy the challenge of working within a certain level of constraint, limitations in the form of a restricted palette of materials, size limitations, thematic unity; it forces me to be more creative and makes the process a game-and an enjoyable one at that. I see my work as little theaters, each with its own proscenium, each bristling with potential.

I have been and continue to be influenced by nature, especially leaf forms; the Bloomsbury artists; the Greenman; Eyvind Earle, Charlie Harper, and Edward Bawdin. I learned about color and the play of color in close order, from my college study with the fiber artist Janet Taylor.

I have a cat, some books, some friends, a few teapots, many, many buttons and a lot of ideas banging around in my brain pan. I like working jigsaws, acrostics and crosswords but am not as good at Scrabble as you might suppose. I also knit and do needlepoint.

That is where I am right now- velocity/direction? Stay tuned.

To see more of my bricolage work please visit my site: http://buttonwoodart.com
My art on FaceBook: http://tinyurl.com/27lye2o
Keep up with The Word Project on FaceBook: http://tinyurl.com/4kmasko

Customer Reviews

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Her illustrations are masterful-filled with humor and poignant beauty.
Helen Koehler
It is a pure delight to journey with Polly as she explores some of the quirky verbiage found in the English language using an artistic medium.
ShelleyBelle
I have some of Polly's work hanging one my wall and after seeing this book I want more there.
Mark E. Monlux

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Ann Harnisch on December 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I read about Polly Law's plan to create a combo platter of bricolage and vocabulary development, I was intrigued. Now I'm a fan. This is the perfect gift for a logophile (or anyone seeking defensive measures to contend with one): enlightening, original, whimsical, thought-provoking, and delightful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ShelleyBelle on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found this artist on figurativeartists.com and instantly fell in love with her work. She is a master at her craft. When I found out that a book of her works was in progress, I eagerly awaited its arrival and ordered four copies of it to share with my friends as soon as it became available. I love Polly's artistic interpretations of odd and obscure words. It is a pure delight to journey with Polly as she explores some of the quirky verbiage found in the English language using an artistic medium. I highly recommend this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coloradoDAR on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
What a fun book!!! Polly is very talented and creative and there is so much attention to visual detail in this book, that her characters (the paper dolls) bring all the words alive. What an imagination!!! A great gift for yourself and friends/family, and as another reviewer pointed out --- a perfect coffee table book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Veteran on April 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
However well you imagine you know English, think again.
In a world full of throttlebottoms, fograms and wowsers, all of whom, frankly, give me the wambles, finding Polly Law's THE WORD PROJECT is cause for saltant elation. If you crave philological arousal, or know anyone who does, what you'll discover here is an irresistibly imaginative blend of visual and linguistic oddities. (The art by itself bears repeated viewings, which makes it even more fun to return to its pages repeatedly to try to increase your vocabulary.)
if you cherish such one-off classics as Exaltation of Larks or Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames, here's another treasure for that singular shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Luppino on March 29, 2011
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If you, or anyone you love, loves words you must have this book. Polly has mined the depths of the English language to come up with the most obscure, informative and entertaining words. Her accompanying artwork, full of whimsy and delight, bring each word to life. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norma Horev on February 3, 2011
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Yes! THE WORD PROJECT is finally for sale. Oh, eudemonia! It is such a treat to escape from the corybantic world with a weird word, a daffy definition, and a brilliant bricolage.

THE WORD PROJECT is for the gourmet who will devour this book slowly, enjoying each old word, bite by bite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paper pulp gal on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was wowed by the art dolls when I saw this project on Kick Starter. So much so I invested. I am not sorry as I now have a beautiful little book full of these great creatures and their accompanying words. It appeals to my love of odd words as well as the paper artist in me. The poses and costumes of these beings are fantastic.

Thank you for putting this out there and allowing us to participate in it's fruition.
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