Bringing Books To Life
January – February 2017
STORY BY RACHAEL AND DEBBIE LAMBIN
PHOTOS BY KIPPY S. SPILKER
My mom, Debbie Lambin, and I created “My Thousand Words,” a series of book sculptures. Each book sculpture tells a story of its origin, from the name of the book to an idea that becomes inspiration for the sculpture. That idea is incorporated into and from the pages. Both of us create unique artwork from books and magazines, repurposing them and bringing their stories to life. My mother will shape them through the art of origami while I manipulate the pages to create intricate sculptures, from a man in his boat engaged in a heroic battle with a mighty swordfish to mustangs galloping through the tall grass. We enjoy creating out of the ordinary multi-medium sculptures, which accentuate the fine detailing in our work. My love of art finds its roots with my mother and has always been the thing that motivates me. I find that our combined efforts are more than either one of us could produce individually.
We lived in the Carson Valley for more than 23 years and moved to Reno two years ago. We help local organizations like West Elm, The Discovery Museum, and the Nevada Museum of Art to provide art education, as well as funding to them. We have received several national awards and have earned the opportunity for our works to be displayed in the Nevada Governor’s Mansion, Nevada State Capitol, as well as private residences throughout the U.S., United Kingdom, Bermuda, South America, and Africa. Our work has appeared in publications, cable and television programs, and at special events.
MAKE YOUR OWN MEMORIES
Debbie and Rachael Lambin