Here's a great project for all those outdated reference books!
Vancouver-based actress, model and former circus artist Jori Phillips spent months ripping pages from a secondhand thesaurus to create an unusual paper dress that has garnered international attention since being posted on Reddit last Friday.
In the post, the 21-year-old native of Denman Island, B.C. poses in a series of photos wearing the strapless creation. Since Friday, it's received more than 88,000 views and more than 300 comments.
Reporters from CBC, Good Morning America, Mashable, the Daily Mail and Metro have all contacted her wanting to discuss her labour of love.
"I'm an avid reader, and I loved the idea of a girl who reads so much that she becomes the book," Phillips, who made the dress to wear as a volunteer greeter at the local Readers and Writers Festival, explains to Mashable.
“I got it in my head that it would be awesome if there was this dress made all out of paper,” she tells Metro.
Phillips made the dress without a pattern, using hot glue to hold the pages together. And while wearing the dress on the festival weekend of July 20-21, she says that sitting down was near impossible and she worried the glue would melt in the heat.
Yet as impractical as the dress may be, with some haters describing it as a waste of a book, Phillips remains unfazed by the criticism.
“Reddit encourages negative discussion a lot,” she tells Metro. “That’s just made more people look at it.”
Hoping that the media attention will land her some agency gigs, Phillips aspires for bigger and better projects. She writes on her Facebook fan page that she is vying to get on the popular American talk show "Ellen."
It turns out that Phillips is far from the first person to have made a dress out of paper.
Numerous paper creations are detailed on the Back to the castle blog showing one dress made out of children's book covers and another dress made out of newspapers.