Regardless of the irony in the title, I do consider this a win, because I just returned from a lunch break run to the UPS store and I have officially entered Bookopolis 2011.

My husband has been incredibly supportive the last few days. He has even told me not to worry about the drifts of paper scraps and piles of tools lying all over the house. If you know my husband, you know that is support indeed! The house is getting back to normal, but you’d be surprised (if you’re not a book artist) how much chaos such a tiny object can cause.

I’ve begun my comeback!


“Tibet as I Remember It”

Kara Russo, August 2011

Since spending a summer in the Amdo Tibetan countryside in 2004, the artist has felt a divide in her heart between her life in America and her longing for the scenery, people and culture of Tibet. Over time, that longing has created a version of Amdo-land that exists only in her fantasy. This book is an attempt to portray the Tibet that lives in her memory – edited, idealized and nostalgic.

Miniature Tunnel Book

Paper and Board


Many thanks to Sarah Russo of Better Tie for these images!


I haven’t been in a show since college. I’ve never been in a show that wasn’t hosted by my alma mater. That changes this week. I’ve decided to enter the annual Asheville Bookworks show Bookopolis. The only problem is that the deadline is in 10 days. And I just mail ordered the paper. I’m telling you all of this because there’s something about splashing your ambitions all over your public blog that makes you committed. Are you with me?

I just ordered 30 sheets of my go-to paper — Canson Mi-Tientes. I need a wide range of colors, so I just sprang for the color packs. I hope shipping is prompt!

Tomorrow I’ll scan in the idea, I’ll dream and plan while we wait for the paper to arrive!