AN envelope factory worker has become an artist’s newest inspiration.

Joey Rasul, who works at Heritage Envelopes in Darwen, a manufacturer that produces 50million envelopes a week, has, along with his colleagues, inspired an artwork that is currently being delivered to 9,000 homes in Blackburn.

After finding out that every worker at the Darwen factory signed each envelope with their initials, artist, Amy Pennington, decided to make a freshly designed envelope featuring the initials of all the operatives responsible for sending millions of letters through the UK’s letterboxes.

These envelopes are be delivered to homes in Blackburn, doubling up as an invitation to this weekend’s Festival of Making.

Despite signing millions of letters in his 20-year career, Mr Rasul’s initials have remained hidden underneath the glued panels, never to be found.

Miss Pennington, who has been working in residency at Heritage Envelopes, used the factory’s machines to create and print her new envelopes, and will unveil a final installation at Blackburn’s Festival of Making on Saturday.

And as part of the project she is asking people to check their envelopes for the initials of Heritage Envelopes employees from Blackburn and Darwen, hidden beneath the glued panels.

When they find the initial, she wants them to send her a question on the theme of ‘work’, with the initials they have discovered.

Miss Pennington then wants to link the anonymous sender with the anonymous recipient, using the questions and answers in her final installation.

The envelopes that people should be looking out for are: Natwest, Barclaycard, Barclays, Lloyds, Halifax, Boots Opticians,, Next, TV Licensing, Department for Work and Pensions – DWP, United Utilities, Thames Water, Standard Life, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons, Laura Ashley , Chums Studio, JD Williams, Guide Dogs, RSPV.

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