Photography and Pop-ups

Final size, 5m(16.4 ft) x 2.5m(8.2 ft), height 1.7m(5.6 ft).

Bamei means 'cave in the forest' in Zhuang language. Tao Yuanming, an Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420) poet, wrote of an isolated Peach Blossom Valley where people lived a simple, pastoral life. For centuries, Chinese people merely regarded this valley as imaginary. To the Chinese, the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love and longevity, and to some - immortality.

The Sani live in and around Stone Forest, and are a subgroup of the Yi. Their lives are as colorful as their embroidered clothing, and they treasure song and dance above wealth and success. Their legend of Ashima is sung from generation to generation and is an inspiration for Sani women today who refer to it as "the song of our ethics."

William's Year of the Rabbit story... A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers (Chinese proverb). I met a woman, young and sweet. She had long flowing black hair. I almost forgot she was my wife. She loved photography and took pictures of what I thought were irrelevant things.

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An animation of 10 books from "We are Tiger Dragon People"

In 2010 I went to Ojai, CA to work with Jamie Caliri of Duck  Studios as paper engineering consultant and fabricator for 3 60 second commercials for the Children's Medical Center in Texas. "Brooke's Broken Heart" recently won an Annie award for best animated TV commercial.

10 36x53" photographic pop-up books of "Haunted Philly".

Fort Mifflin Casemate #5 lit up with Arduino, LEDs and Passive Infrared Sensor.

10 of 21 photographic pop-up books from "My First Pop-up Books" series.

A wedding proposal pop-up book, Rubin picked the elements and I put them all together.
Read their story here!

Pop-up Ribcage lit up with Arduino, ATtiny and LEDS.

A short animated clip created in 5 hours ( pop-up construction + animation) with a group of students as part of 2 day pop-up + stop motion workshop by Colette Fu & Helena Bulaja in collaboration with DECro and Film Forum Zadar. Click here to play.

Unmarried Yao women of 8 1 village wear black turbans; married women wear red conical shaped hats. Long ago, when traversing through the forest, the leader of the group would wear a red plantain flower on the top of their head. This symbolizes leadership.
The Wa people regard the wooden drum as a divine tool that has exceptional power and is the symbol of existence and prosperity. Wa women uninhibitedly swing their long black, shiny hair to the beat of the drums. Their beat is slow and fast, representing anger and sadness, anxiety and happiness.