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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!

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“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

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

I finished the book, behind schedule and ahead of schedule, in a way. Yes, it’s day 12, but I still have time to mail the book and enter Bookopolis. Besides, I actually made the book in 2 days, if you want to get real technical. It’s my first tunnel book, it comes in miniature scale at under 3 inches, and I kinda like it.

Later today my wonderful sister in law is going to help me take photos for the entry process (read: I will stand by and get in the way while she expertly frames and snaps away), but here is a teaser:

The messy desk is for scale only, folks!