You’ve finished that delicious Chinese dinner, one from column A, two from column B, not too spicy, not too salty. Everyone’s happy. Last, but not least, the little baked object in plastic arrives. The Fortune Cookie! Yay! You break it open, eat the cookie and read your fortune on the little piece of paper inside. You say “yeah” or “meh” and leave it on the table. Maybe you make note of the lottery numbers on the back for your next lottery ticket purchase, the one that’s going to be the winner. If you are like me, you press it flat and take it.
While I don’t eat Chinese food often, I seem to have amassed quite a collection of those little slips of paper. They have been waiting patiently for the time (a long time) when I would do something with them. And so, the FORTUNE COOKIE PROJECT was born.
COLLAGE was the perfect vehicle for the fortunes. Here’s how it went.
I started by printing a monotype on paper. Stencils of leaf shapes were inked and printed at the same time as the monotype. Why leaves? I thought the implied floating would work well with the words moving across the paper (added later).There are four pairs of prints in the series because I worked on the “ghost” print of each monotype. The ghost image is what remains on the plate after the first impression is pulled.
Here is the sequence for the first collage:
- Monotype with overlay of leaf stencils inked and printed (#1412.1).
- Additional collaged cut out shapes (#1412.2)
- Final layer/final collage with FORTUNE words as collage (pencil, colored pencil and cut out letters from old prints). #1412
The ghost print of the pair shows the lighter main color with ghostly leaves plus additional inked and printed leaves, additional collaged shapes, and fortune cookie words (#1413.1, #1413.2, #1413
Here is the second pair showing only the final print/collage. #1414 and #1415
Here is the third pair. #1416 and #1417
And, the fourth pair. (#1418 and #1419)
In this series, as in everything I do, I explored the POSSIBILITIES of doing/making. I encourage you to EXPLORE the possibilities of seeing/thinking.
I chose the most positive and uplifting fortunes from my collection. I hope they read that way to you. Feel free to take to heart any or all of them.
From Geoffrey Holder dancer, choreographer, actor, singer:
“Say yes to everything – then figure out how to make it work.”