Polly Law's Word Project is a series of mixed-media illustrations representing obscure words like dasypygal and nidifice. Though Law has exhibited her work in galleries, she hasn't found a backer to publish them as a book. . . yet. So she's seeking help at the entrepreneurial startup Kickstarter.com:
The Word Project book will be a soft cover, 10"x10". Each piece will get its own spread accompanied by its meaning, pronunciation & an example of use. Since 2002 I have been raiding the attics, basements and dusty cupboards of the English language in search of intriguing, odd & obscure words for my Word Project. I've been encouraged to publish my work, and it has made the rounds to a number of publishing house and while recognized for its merits, no investment was made. I'd like to change all of that with your help.
If you pledge as little as $5 in the next few days to help fund the Word Project Book, you'll receive a reward - a poster, copies of the book, or even original artwork. Check it out at the link below - and best of luck to Polly Law. She's already got the minimum she need to fund the book, so we look forward to seeing it soon!
This is fantastic! I'm really quite sad that I didn't come up with this idea myself :P Will definitely be buying the book when it comes out--here's hoping it inspires a new generation of logophiles! Thanks for the link!