Rembrandt’s Hands and a Lion’s Paw

A book bracelet of 1400 numbered pages.

This project is a collaboration with Lia Duinker. Visit us at www.duinkerendochters.nl

 

2015

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photo and styling:  frieda mellema | uniquole

photo and styling:  frieda mellema | uniquole

Rembrandt’s Hands and a Lion’s Paw

A book bracelet of 1400 numbered pages.

2015

 

Thanks to the extensive size of the Rijksmuseum’s collection and the availability of high-resolution images online, we have been able to select 1400 images of hands from 303 of Rembrandt’s drawings and etchings. These hands make up Rembrandt’s Hands and a Lion’s Paw.

 

Our starting point was to use the book binding technique, stringing pages together tightly so that it forms a bracelet to be worn around your wrist. Fascinated by Rembrandt’s drawing skills, we had already examined many of his hands at the exhibition of Jaap Mulders' private collection. With this data, we went to work. The book bracelet is bound with a variation of a cross-stitch known in Dutch as the ‘brocheersteek.’ The gilt-edged pages are sized according to the golden ratio. On the index page, you can find the page number, title and item number for each hand. Have a closer look at these works at the Rijksmuseum’s Rijkstudio  (link).

 

We produce a limited edition. In addition to improving our print, cutting and gilding techniques, we are also making a custom wooden box for each bracelet with a bound index. The 18 karat gold clasp was fashioned by a goldsmith.

 

 

COLOPHON

WINNER RIJKSSTUDIO AWARD 2015

photo and styling:  frieda mellema | uniquole

4-5

Bedelaar met hoge muts

RP-P-1878-A-1797

(link to etching in Rijksstudio)

694-696

De fluitspeler - Uilenspiegel

RP-P-OB-247

(link to etching in Rijksstudio)

1378-1385

Christus gekruisigd tussen de twee moordenaars: ovale plaat

RP-P-1961-1030

(link to etching in Rijksstudio)

 

Exhibition Hannemahuis Harlingen, 8 july - 12 november 2015

photo Erik Smits

All works © Lyske Gais 2015.

Please do not reproduce without the expressed written consent of Lyske Gais.