As part of Art in Manufacturing Season Three, Amy Pennington was partnered with Heritage Envelopes, a manufacturer who produce 2.2 billion envelopes a year. Pennington’s Return to Sender, will opened at The National Festival of Making 2019.
Creating a direct mail artwork posted through 10,000 doors in Blackburn – artist Amy Pennington invited the general public to explore the manufacturing journey of an unassuming everyday object – the envelope. Asking the general public to look out for the makers initials printed on the envelopes Amy encouraged a dialogue between strangers, from the ‘return’er to the sender’. Usually a one sided conversation, questions posed to the factory workers explored the theme of ‘work’ and revealed the perspectives of the machinists. Return to Sender is a sensitive look at how to subvert a mass produced object to create an intimate exchange.
Images 1-3,6-7, Robin Zahler Images 4,5 Lee Smillie