Artist honors books with her sculptures

Reno, NEV (KOLO) Her medium is the very essence of her art work.

Paper from the pages of books formed and glued and returned back to the story loved so much by the reader.

“People have read the book, and they have some kind of connection to the book and they just like seeing it. They don't need to look through it or anything, they just like seeing the story come to life,” says Rachael Lambin, the sculpture behind “My Thousand Words Book Sculptures.”

Rachael started making the sculptures about four years ago. With the positive response, she kept on with the craft.

She gets requests from customers who tell her what they liked about a certain book and she intuitively creates a scene that literally stands out from the page.

Books like "The Horse Whisperer," "The Old Man and the Sea" or even "Hanzel and Grethel."

She uses paper from other books and hot glue.

Her mom helps her out by folding pages to create a skirt, a wave or other backdrop.

“I mean it is stunning absolutely stunning, to have the books come to life,” says Rachel’s mom Debbie.

Such work can take a month or several months to complete. They start at $100.

Rachael says she feels good re-purposing hard and soft back books that may just be stuck back on a shelf somewhere.

It is said, "The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you".

Rachael would probably agree.