Spring/Summer 2018
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Lambin siblings holding artwork

Siblings and UNR Med class of 2021 medical students Rachael Lambin and John-Henry Lambin. Photo by Brin Reynolds.

UNR Med student siblings crack books for more than just education

Story by Tessa Bowen

Lambins artwork

Art and medicine have shared a close relationship for centuries. At the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, two class of 2021 medical students who share a passion for art and medicine are connected by more than just the book titles in their backpacks.

Brother and sister John-Henry Lambin and Rachel Lambin were shaped by their shared upbringing and passion for art. Along with their mom, Debbie, Rachel and John-Henry are the artists behind a local book sculpting business, called My Thousand Words. Rachel said "the name comes from the saying that a picture, or in our case, a sculpture, is worth a thousand words, and books are comprised of thousands of words."

The talented siblings bring books to life by repurposing words on pages into unique sculptured theme stories. Patient care is a lot like the Lambins' creative process. Bringing health care to life requires piecing together multiple, complex details in order to diagnose, create treatment plans and provide medical counsel. The integration of art and science is second nature for Rachel and John-Henry.

Aspiring surgeons, Rachel and John-Henry's creativity is helping carve out extra cash to finance their medical educations. Prices for their artwork range from $150-$500. Custom sculptures start around $250. One piece can take anywhere from a couple hours to weeks to complete.

Aspiring surgeons, Rachael and John-Henry's creativity is helping carve out extra cash to finance their medical educations. Prices for their artwork range from $150-$500. Custom sculptures start around $250. One piece can take anywhere from a couple hours to weeks to complete.

The Lambins' artwork can be found in the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Artsy Fartsy Gallery in Carson City, Eye Hook Photographic Gallery in Reno, Elegant Avenue Decor in Reno and Benko Art Gallery in South Lake Tahoe. Rachael's most recent work, a Gray's Anatomy-inspired skeletal sculpture, is now on display at Plumas Bank in Reno in celebration of UNR Med's 50th anniversary and Artown.