The Rijksmuseum, a museum dedicated to art and history in Amsterdam, wanted people to be inspired by its extensive online collection, which includes over 200,000 objects. In the spirit of the creativity the collections represent, the museum hosted a Make Your Own Masterpiece design competition this past spring. To enter, you simply had to create your own design using an artwork found in the collection. Every form of art was allowed – design, fine art, applied art, photography, video, etc. – and anyone could enter-to-win.

Out of more than 800 entries, the winners were artists Lyske Gais and Lia Duinker, for their brilliant Rembrandt Book Bracelet, which was inspired by Rembrandt’s drawing of his first painting De steniging van Stefanus (The Stoning of Saint Stephen), circa 1625.


The mother/daughter duo were inspired by Rembrandt’s drawing ability and translated his masterpiece into their own. Using a variant of a traditional book binding technique, Lyske and Lia wove pages of the image together to create the wearable work of art.

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Inspiration board




Completed bracelet

The women were awarded 10,000 euro for their creation, and the bracelet was exhibited along with the other finalists’ designs in the Rijksmuseum.