I had this thought late last year that I can use the walls of my apartment as a "gallery" for collections that I could change up every month. My first idea was a series focused on fortune cookies. There's something so mysterious about them: how did they come to be? who even writes these fortunes? They're not very tasty so I've always wondered about them.

The Surprising Origins of the Fortune Cookie

According to this article by History.com, which quotes a book about Chinese cuisine in America, the shape and ubiquity of them came from the Japanese at first, who often opened Chinese restaurants because Americans didn't want to eat raw fish. It's a funny thing to think it's usually the other way around now.

Anyway, I got a kick out of making these little pieces using somewhat serious but also somewhat stupid fortunes. It's funny the places we find inspiration when we are looking for it, like in a random slip of paper inside of a kind of crappy cookie that actually has nothing to do with you.

These are 5 x 7 pieces done with pencil crayon. I experimented with a few mediums and liked the texture of this one the best. My first batch came out super off centred so I had to do them again.