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The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words- Illustrated Ill Edition
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Thank you for putting this out there and allowing us to participate in it's fruition.
THE WORD PROJECT is for the gourmet who will devour this book slowly, enjoying each old word, bite by bite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Priceless addition to the collection of those who are interested in art and language.Published 8 months ago by Gretchen Green
This is a fun and clever book. I purchased a few for my teacher friends and my sister who loves words.Published 13 months ago by Sparky K
While I admire Mrs. Laws artwork very much and even bought one of her pieces, I must say:
This booklet is a TOTAL WASTE of money! It is very badly and cheaply made. Read more
Polly Law's "Word Project" is brilliant. Her illustrations are masterful-filled with humor and poignant beauty. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Helen Koehler
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... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Virginia Luppino
Besides the words being funny and fascinating, the gorgeous colors are a treat for the eyes! And the way the "people" are shown makes you want to pick them off the page.Published on February 5, 2011 by Katie J.