Colette Fu Headshot

Colette Fu

Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection and many private and rare archive collections. Fu completed a 6-month artist residency in Shanghai, where she continued her We are Tiger Dragon project, an extensive visual exploration of China’s ethnic minorities. There she also designed China’s largest (1 spread) pop-up book measuring 2.5 x 5 x 1.7 meters high. Fu's numerous awards include a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, En Foco, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, CFEVA (Center for Emerging Visual Artists,) New York Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. A passionate educator, Fu also teaches artmaking as a way to give voice to communities through pop-up paper engineered projects.

Colette Fu zodiac cardmaking workshop

Chinatown North Zodiac Project

As part of her 2012-2013 Social Practice Lab residency at Asian Arts Initiative, Colette Fu worked with men from the long-term program at the Sunday Breakfast Mission. They are the Overcomers, men who have chosen to work hard through an intense program of recovery and preparations for reentering mainstream society. Using pop-up paper engineering, Colette and the Overcomers created a series of pop-up greeting cards containing personal stories written by the men and photographs they took of the Chinatown North neighborhood.

The pop-up cards were featured in Loving Blackness

Lotus pop-up - Colette Fu

25th Anniversary DIY Lotus Pop-up Art, 2018

In celebration of AAI's 25th Anniversary, Colette Fu designed a commemorative paper pop-up card inspired by the six (ex)CHANGE projects.