An introduction to engineering interactive, dynamic books to showcase your photographs or drawings

Movable books were originally created to illustrate scientific principles like astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, and anatomy. And while most commercial pop-up book publications today are geared towards children, these structures can be used too but make engaging works of art for any age- from artist books to greeting cards to animations!

Complex and engaging pop-up structures are created from a combination of basic mechanisms enhanced by play and imagination. In the first three days, students will learn basic pop-up mechanisms like slits and kirigami and not-so-basic mechanisms like platforms, pull-tabs, and rotating discs. Before students move on to creating their own projects, there will be a brief discussion of how commercial pop-up books are manufactured and view examples of how pop-up mechanisms are used in other formats. The final two days of class will emphasize play and experimentation, as students create their own pieces. Students are encouraged to bring their own 2-dimensional work (photography, drawing, etc) to incorporate into their pop-ups as well as any other materials you wish to experiment with (LEDs, fabric, acetate, magazine clippings are just a few ideas).

Ultimately, students will learn how to effectively incorporate their own art into their structures to create unique pop-up books, cards, and works of art. This course is open to all levels. 


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. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton and the Delaware Disaster Research Center. 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 recently returned from 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. She has attended many fully funded artist residencies including those at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Sacatar, the Vermont Studio Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, the Institute of Electronic Arts at Alfred University, the Millay Colony and the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity.

A passionate educator, Fu also teaches artmaking as a way to give voice to communities through pop-up paper engineered projects. She teaches pop-up courses and community workshops to marginalized populations at art centers, universities and institutions internationally. 


Course Dates

Aug 6 to Aug 12



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