Teen Namiko Liu graduated from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California
where she pursued her artistic education earning a BFA w/ distinction. She attended Vanderbilt University Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Herbert D. Ryman recipient and
2019 Children's Lit Fellow at Stony Brook Southampton.
She began designing at the studio of Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart in Manhattan as a creative
paper engineer for children's pop-up books. She has developed numerous designs for MoMA, Lucasfilm, Candlewick Press, Scholastic Books, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Penguin Publishing Group, Vogue Japan, GE, Toei Japan, mssng peces, and has consulted for photographer David la Chapelle and The Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea. She was also the liaison for the first ever life-size pop-up book exhibition in Tokyo, Japan and featured on an episode of the popular Japanese reality tv show Ururun on how to make a pop-up book.
At the age of 27 she taught the undergraduate program at ArtCenter and
The School of Visual Arts New York
on modern paper engineering.
In addition, she also teaches painting.
She launched Paper Engine design studio where she folds, cuts, and paints on paper.
Her designs are published and produced by
The Museum of Modern Art.
Her work is collected by Walt Disney Imagineering and The Creative Artists Agency.
She is also an accomplished figure skater and collects...paper!
For whatever we lose, (like a you or a me) it's always our self we find in the sea.- e.e.cummings