Unity @ the Initiative CARE PACKAGE

With care, we curated packages on occasion of Unity at the Initiative, and in celebration of the Year of the Metal Ox. These boxes featured contributions by local QTBIPOC artists and makers, and were distributed for free to QTBIPOC friends, neighbors, and family of Asian Arts Initiative.

Inside, recipients found a variety of treats — dyed & screenprinted handkerchiefs, herbal tea blends, heirloom seeds, a digital playlist, and more — material proof of the vibrant and resilient creative community here in Philadelphia, and tools for future wholeness.

Through the assembly and distribution of this care package, we remain committed to a practice of coming together and collective care, even from a distance. In the absence of much governmental and infrastructural support for us, we honor care for ourselves, each other, and our worlds.

GATHERINGS in the Year of the Pig:

1: NEW YEAR — celebrating lunar, dumpling-folding, blessings by Miss Piggy Lee
2: CORRESPONDENCE — studio nite @Andra's, postcards, italian sausage bao
3: ABOUT — wait for it —
4: TECHNOLOGIES — big-screen presentations (Chantal! Eva! Quinha!) at the round table, self-spinning lazy susan, livestreamed karaoke, fruit service by Pear Ware, Eva's lightboxes @High Tide Gallery
5: BLOOM — picnic, passing sticky rice, badminton by the Southeast Asian market @FDR Park
6: SWEAT — work & play @Truelove Seeds Farm, lettuce-bearing ritual, how to save seeds, sudden rain
7: SOURCE — beach day send-off, strong wind and sand, warm water, fish snacks @Mike's
8: HARVEST — potluck @Heidi’s, debut khao man gai, shepherd’s purse wontons, shoyu cured eggs, biore nose strips for all
9: GARMENT — clothing swap @Andra's, sew jobs, egg drop ribbons, pig blanket hallo-weenies, many treats
10: CHANCE — BYO game @Connie's, wheel of fortune: a scratch-off, mahjong, cards, mystery egg rolls
11. TAKE CARE — hotpot :-) byo ingredient, dinner steam, marbled nails, warm dessert soup
12. WANING — A LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY @The Rotunda in collaboration with Sarah Kim; jubilation, grace, variety
13: WAXING — returning home — potluck @Heidi’s, DIY buffet & karaoke, our hearts will go on


We built and assembled box sets for our second edition of Issues 1–13, originally published in Philadelphia in the Year of the Earth Pig.

We intend for box sets to find their homes in community reading spaces and zine libraries, so that queer and trans Asian readers can in turn, find their home here. Let us know if you are, or know of, any such space near you that would like to host a box set!

Want a box set to live with you? A limited quantity are available for individual sale. See options for purchase through our form, including a chance to fill out your collection with zines from Friends of FORTUNE.

Each box set includes:
Issues 1–13, informational inserts printed on vellum, plexiglass, plywood, zinc screws, polypropylene strap with aluminum buckle.
6 1/8 x 9 5/8 x 3 inches
Edition of 50


Part of our practice is to gather resources, from our community at home, for our community at large. Our resource guides have taken form as a placemat distributed during a gallery show, a one-page booklet shared with a printmaking class, and a digital document disseminated following a panel — and always, we hope, in response to present needs.

If you would like a digital or print copy of any resource guides we’ve assembled, email us at printingfortunes@gmail.com.

this PAMPHLET ︎︎︎

provides a non-exhaustive list of resources, compiled on ocassion of a vigil hosted by PALMS (Philadelphia Asians 4 Liberation and Mutual Solidarity) on March 30, 2021 in Mifflin Square Park.

The vigil was organized in honor of Christian Hall, the Atlanta shooting victims, and in the wake of anti-Asian violence. In turn, these resources are intended to help navigate the intersections of state violence, mental health, sex worker stigma — and to work in solidarity against structural racism built upon imperialism and anti-Blackness. To read more about the vigil, and view/print the full PDF, see here.

this DOC ︎︎︎

comprises a full transcription of Press Play — LIVE!, a Zoom panel we hosted in May 2020, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in the midst of incredible movement work for Black liberation and police abolition.

We facilitated a conversation with No Shame Distro, Sponge Gourd CollectiveEndless Editions, Other Publishing, and Ulises, and posted here some highlights on their varying models for care, sustainability, and adaptability.

We began to assemble a crowdsourced list of bail funds and reeducation tools not only for our queer Asian community, but also for those we are adjacent and accountable to.
Here they are.

this BOOKLET ︎︎︎

was made in collaboration with Alyssa Piro’s Artist Books, Zines, and Independent Publications class at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in the fall of 2019.

We invited the class to write about print resources  in and outside of the institution that they found inaccessible, or in abundance. We collectively edited a document of riso resources, distribution sites, queer and Asian archives, and returned this booklet.

this PLACEMAT ︎︎︎

was printed on the occasion of Issue 4: TECHNOLOGIES. We solicited recommendations on critical and culturally resonant texts, as well as queer- or Asian-operated places of importance; and printed the latter as a grid of QR codes.

These placemats debuted on a round table we built, crowned with a lazy susan, for our issue release at High Tide Gallery. Many of the linked restaurants and sites are now out of business, for reasons including development and forced eviction.

In the Year of the Earth Pig 2019,

FORTUNE formed as a Philadelphia-based publication project conceived by Andrienne Palchick, Heidi Ratanavanich, and Connie Yu; and assembled by and for queer Asian publics. Each of 13 monthly issues joined letterpress and risograph printing, featured multiple contributors, and was released through community gatherings of varied scale.

In the Year of the Metal Ox 2021,

FORTUNE continues to think of printing and self-publishing as a practice of learning, gathering, remembering, and making multiple. As such, FORTUNE will always be a public project, tended to collectively.

This year also marks our move to operate as a more serviceable small press, responsive to local QTBIPOC print needs. Ready for work, as Many Folds Press.

If you are a QTBIPOC artist, writer, printmaker, or organizer interested in collaborating ︎︎︎

If you are a community reading space / zine library looking to collect or purchase a box set or individual issues ︎︎︎

If you are a queer or trans Asian person looking to connect and keep posted about future gatherings ︎︎︎

︎ reach out to us at printingfortunes@gmail.com.
︎ find us on Instagram at @manyfortunes.

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Project support (including this website) provided by The Velocity Fund and Added Velocity, administered by Philadelphia Contemporary, with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the William Penn Foundation, respectively.