Colette Fu

Photography and Pop-Up Books

Studio 14

Colette Fu creates large-scale sculptural, photo-based pop-up books that illuminate cultures and depict myths and legends.

Colette has been making pop-up books with her own photos for almost 20 years. She earned an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology before relocating to Philadelphia in 2005. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, and many private and rare archive collections.

In 2017, Colette created the world’s largest pop-up book utilizing her own photographs – “Tao Hua Yuan Ji, Source of the Peach Blossoms,” a 21×14 feet pop-up book that people could enter, at TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image in South Kensington. Her pop-up books have received numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Artist and Sculptors Grant, a Meggendorfer Prize for best paper-engineered artist book, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China.

She has attended many fully-funded artist residencies and exhibits widely. A passionate educator, Colette teaches pop-up courses and community workshops at art centers, universities, and institutions internationally.

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