A few years ago I met a gifted young paper engineer named Colette Fu. She showed me a series of oversized pop-ups that she had completed for graduate study that exploded with food and surreal imagery. These two-foot tall cloth bound spreads definitely left an impression and I knew that when we parted that was not the last I would hear from her.
We recently bumped into each other at Sally Blakemore’s book reading and Colette let me know that she has been hard at work since we last meet. In fact, she received a Fulbright scholarship to travel back to her mother’s hometown in China and document the ethnic minorities found in the Yunnan Province. The result is currently being displayed at the Asian Arts Initiative in a show titled, We Are Tiger Dragon People. A press release about the show and Colette can be found here.
We Are Tiger Dragon People will be at the Asian Arts Initiative from October 20 – December 23, so if you are in the Philadelphia area I suggest you stop by and see these monumental works for yourself.
If you cannot make it in the next few weeks, be sure to visit her newly updated website to see photos and videos from the project. Plus, you can witness her gigantic 36×53″ pop-ups of Haunted Philly or keep tabs on Colette and her new work with her blog. That’s where I just learned about the custom pop-up engagement cards she creates. This is one busy lady. I can’t wait to see what she will be up to in the future!