Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget

Today is Thesaurus Day!

Thesaurus Day is in celebrated on January 18th in honor of Mark Roget’s birthday, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus.

Believe it or Not! Roget’s Thesaurus has never been out of print!

Roget was born in 1779. He had a successful career in medicine, but in 1840, he retired to pursue working on Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases. Originally the book was published with 15,000 words. Today the book has over 230,000 words!

To celebrate Thesaurus Day, we wanted to show you this amazing dress made from the pages of a Thesaurus, plus a few pieces of art made entirely from words. All of these pieces are a part of the Ripley’s collection.

Thesaurus Dress

Jori Phillips was going to Denman Island Readers and Writer’s Festival and wanted to get into character.Thesaurus-Dress-Jori-Phillips (1)

I was asked to create a “book worm” themed character

Jori picked up a used thesaurus at a thrift shop. Six months, and 2/3rds of the book later and she had a killer dress.

As a voracious reader, Jori didn’t feel right tearing apart a novel. She liked the idea of deconstructing a reference book.

She says she has to be very careful when wearing it. Just sitting down can cause a tear, not to mention the dress cannot be near fire or water!

Jori is a world traveler, speaks Japanese, and has worked for a circus. She can now add dressmaker to her vast resume.

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Alice in Wonderland Word Art

Alice in Wonderland Word Art

Believe It or Not! this picture is made completely from the words of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Artist Rick Almanzan of Los Angeles took over 350 hours to complete this piece.

Take a close look. The image is made from the words in the story. Almanzan is left handed and writes upside down so his hand never crosses the lines and smudges the letters.


The Joker

Word Art, Heath Ledger as the Joker

Created by artist Huy Lam, of Canada, this portrait of the Joker as portrayed by actor Heath Ledger in the 2008 film “The Dark Knight” is created entirely from the words “Such a Shame.”

Lam repeats the phrase thousands of times because he considers the talented Ledger’s early death to be a colossal shame.

Lam didn’t need a Thesaurus or Dictionary to make his word art, but it doesn’t make it any less spectacular. There are no lines; look closely, the entire picture is text. Believe It or Not!

This piece is on display at our Baltimore Odditorium


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