Photography and Pop-ups

Here are a few editions I currently have available. I design, print, assemble, cut and bind all the work myself, so a few editions are made to order.
I have a few larger books available, please email me for more information and inquiries. I am grateful for your interest and support!
– Colette 傅 三 三

Miao Fishing Contest, edition of 50, 2018
 Photographic Accordian Pop-up Book, $1800
40.5x7.75x3.5" open, 6x7.5x1" closed
Ultrachrome HD Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte, Cardstock, Indigo Wax Resist Fabric, Binder's Board, Bone Clasp, Acid-free Adhesives

The Miao revere spirts of the natural world and depict them in their embroidery. They use papercutting to create embroidered stories on their clothing to protect themselves and their children. Fish represent their ancestors and also symbolize the wish for many sons and good fortune. During their fishing competitions, the more fish caught, the more luck someone will have. The Miao have a saying, "Birds nest in trees, fish swim in rivers, Miao live in mountains."
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桃花源記 Tao Hua Yuan Ji Model, edition of 50, 2018
Pop-up Book, made to order, $800
25x17x 5.5" open, 12.5x17x.25" closed
Ultrachrome HD Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte, Bristol Board, Chinese Brocade, Binder's Board, Acid-free Adhesives

I constructed 桃花源記  Tao Hua Yuan Ji at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in October of 2017. The book measures 13.8 x 21 feet and almost 5 feet high, and is inspired by Tao Yuanming, a Jin Dynasty (317-420) poet, who wrote of a traveler who came upon an isolated peach blossom valley beyond a cave where people seeking political refuge lived an ideal, harmonic life with nature and each other. Although villagers told the traveler not to tell of their location, he vainly marked his path and sent government officials who were unable to find it. To the Chinese, this story is metaphoric to an imaginary unattainable Utopia where the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love, and longevity, and to some – immortality.

The Zhuang people of Southwest Yunnan Province claim that they are the village depicted in Tao Yuanming’s story. I traveled there in 2008 and have not told anyone how to get there. Visitors were invited to enter the cave.
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Ashima, edition of 10, 2014, ONLY 1 REMAINING
 Photographic Pop-up Book with Embroidered Tyvek, $2600
25x17x10.5", 12.5x17x.75" closed
Ultrachrome Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte, Hand Embroidered Tyvek, Binder's Board,  Iris Cloth, Acid-free Adhesives

The Sani live in and around Stone Forest, and are a subgroup of the Yi. 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.”

Ashima was a young Sani girl engaged to be married to (her cousin) Ahei. Azhi, the son of the village leader, in a jealous rage kidnapped Ashima and tried to force her to marry him. Azhi unleashed a trio of tigers on Ahei, but Ahei killed the tigers with arrows and escaped unscathed. When Ashima and Ahei were playing by a river, Azhi used his power to generate a flood. Ashima drowned but Ahei continued to call her name only to hear his own echo. Ashima turned into river stones and her words echoed through the forest: I will never disappear even as the sun and clouds disappear, my soul and my sound will exist till the end of time. Sani people say that Ashima’s suffering is their suffering.
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Wa Hair Swinging Dance, edition of 10, 2016
Photographic Pop-up Book, $2400
25x17x5.5", 12.5x17x.5" closed
Ultrachrome Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte, Cardstock, Binder's Board,  Iris Cloth, Acid-free Adhesives

 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.
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Luoma, Yi Tiger Festival, edition of 10, 2016
 Photographic Pop-up Book, Made to Order, $2600
25x17x8", 12.5x17x.5" closed
Ultrachrome Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte, Cardstock, Binder's Board, Iris Cloth, Bells, Acid-free Adhesives

The Yi worship the tiger as their grandest totem. Yi people from Shuangbai County (Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province) once lived in a mystical forest disturbed by serpents and wild beasts. Under the direction of the black “Tiger King,” they offersacrifice and dance to reflect the journey and way of life of the Yi people as they visit each house to guard the village from evils. Thus “Luoma,” the Tiger Festival, was created to display The Yi people’s tiger-like strength and valor.
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Bamei, edition of 10, 2016, 3 remaining
 Photographic Pop-up Book, $2200
25x17x5.5", 12.5x17x.5" closed
Ultrachrome Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte and 300gsm Rag, Cardstock, Binder's Board, Iris Cloth,  Acid-free Adhesives

Bamei means 'cave in the forest' in Zhuang language. Tao Yuanming, the 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.
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Yi Costume Festival Scroll, edition of 2, 2014
21" scroll extends to 120". Materials: Chinese brocade fabric, wood, rice paper. Image printed on Hahnemühle rice paper with Epson Ultrachrome ink. Scroll closure ribbon and bone clip. Laid in 22.25 x 3.5 x 3" cloth-covered box lined with red velvet lining and red ribbon lift . Bone and loop closure. 

Long ago, there was a young Yi couple in love. In pursuit of the girl, a jealous Devil King tried to kill the boy. An old man taught the young girl to crow like a rooster to call out the sun and drive the Devil away. The girl saved her boyfriend, and the villagers now show their gratitude by wearing cockscomb hats that bring luck, safety, and happiness to their people.
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