Help Create The Shapetionary!
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Help Create The Shapetionary!


Calling any and all artists, illustrators, and part-time doodlers! Your help is requested to aid in Toronto artist Margaret Flood’s latest project: the Shapetionary.

What is the Shapetionary? Its a visual index of objects.
It started from looking at the dictionary and wondering why some words are illustrated and others aren’t, then thinking it would be interesting to illustrate the whole dictionary, or all the object nouns…then organize them by shape.
So I extracted all, or most (aprox 9500), of the object nouns, now I am setting out to get them illustrated by as many different people as possible. I am interested in our subjective/collective understandings of objects. So far over 400 people are participating, I estimate that between 1200-1500 drawers are needs.

If you are interested in illustrating some words, email [email protected] and you will be sent a short list of words to illustrate (along with more complete instructions). Don’t worry if you don’t have a scanner or fear other artistic or technical limitations; Flood wants simple drawings snail-mailed to her PO box.
All contributors will be acknowledged in the final project.
Shapetionary info via Instant Coffee and Toronto Craft Alert. Image from the artist’s Terminus1525 site.