Jori Phillips' head-turning thesaurus dress

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First aired on North by Northwest (28/07/2013)

jori-300.jpgB.C.-based actress Jori Phillips loves to work on crafts and art projects to relax, but never did she think one of her creations would lead to international attention.

Phillips, an avid reader, was dreaming up a cool costume to work on as the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival approached, and she came up with this: a dress made from the pages of a thesaurus.

"I got this idea in my head of this bookworm girl who just becomes books and she takes the pages and just kind lives in that," Phillips said during a recent interview with North by Northwest.

The dress, which took her about a week to make, includes a bodice made from 50 pages and a skirt with five different layers of pages over top of each other. Phillips said she chose to use a thesaurus because she couldn't bring herself to tear up someone else's story, whether she liked it or not. The thesaurus, she reckoned, was the base of words and could be the base of her dress.

After the dress was finished, she posted a picture of it on Reddit, the popular news, discussion and link-sharing website. She went to bed not thinking anything of it, but woke up to discover her post about her crafty creation received more than 80,000 views. It was also spreading around quickly through social media, leading to inquiries from British newspapers and American TV talk shows.

"The last crazy thing that happened was that it was re-tweeted by R.L. Stine, who's the author of the Goosebumps series and that's probably the coolest thing that's ever happened in my life."

What do you think of the dress? Have you seen other neat book craft projects?

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