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Do you remember your local Cornershop?
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Support the creation of a soft knitted newsagents in London.
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The Cornershop-A Year On

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Evening everyone, I cannot even begin to apologise for the belatedness of this update but if it's any consolation, it's because I've been wildly busy since the end of The Cornershop up until the present day. What began as a funny idea for an art exhibition turned into a life-changing rollercoaster of unbelievable opportunity that I will never forget. Thanks to everyone on Kickstarter who believed in the project from the very beginning, the experience has changed my life in so many ways. I am now working full time as an artist, have my own studio to work from which I call, "The Felt Cave", have two more solo shows under my belt and a book which you can buy from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucy-Sparrows-Felt-World-Sparrow/dp/3791381598

I know it's hard to believe but I haven't actually had a day off really since The Cornershop ended. It was a mad time when it was on! It received worldwide press attention, I was on TV a lot which was very weird and the exhibition received over 15,000 visitors which was incredible! So if anyone is thinking of doing a Kickstarter campaign and isn't sure about it, I am living proof that these things can change everything and literally KICKSTART your career in the most wonderful way. I owe all my backers big time because you made this happen!

As a thankyou for all your support, I've put together some highlights of The Cornershop to show you what it was like if you couldn't make it. There's some media links in there too so you can take a video tour of the place. 

I've just finished my last solo show which was a felt sex shop in the heart of London's Soho and you can buy work from the exhibition here: www.madameroxys.co.uk and I'm pleased to announce that my next show will be an all American convenience store in Los Angeles which I will be doing a Kickstarter campaign for in February. Yay! Loads to look forward to and I'm so delighted that I'm finally taking the felt stateside :-)

You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @sewyoursoul and on here on course where I'll be posting updates of the next campaign and project.

And here's the link to the BBC video tour: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28609443 I'm not sure if it will work outside the UK but you might be able to do something clever with your IP address (I don't know how but i've heard it works)

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The Cornershop Opens 1st-31st August 2014

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An art show truly worth making a fuzz about, Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop is the fluffiest, furriest shopping experience imaginable. She’s filled a former derelict store in Bethnal Green with over 4,000 handmade felt versions of familiar grocery items - from fish fingers and cans of SPAM to sanitary towels and newspapers, rocket ice lollies and oven chips to ciggies, veggies, and what is most certainly the softest loo roll ever manufactured. Every single thing inside the Cornershop – the till, the functioning pricing gun, the contents of freezers, the pick ‘n’ mix stand – is fashioned from fabric, and the whole lot took Lucy seven months to complete.

All her highly huggable versions of everyday essentials are for sale, but will stay in the store for a month, during which time a variety of sewing workshops will take place, designed to engage the local community (particularly individuals with autism and sectors often socially excluded) in relatable, accessible art that’s relevant to them and their neighbourhood and has been brought right to their doorstep. People can sign up to these workshops in the shop and group workshops for charities can be arranged through Lucy.

This exhibition has been supported by the Arts Council, Tower Hamlets Council and Kickstarter. The event is sponsored by Swizzel’s sweets. Working at the intersection between contemporary craft, her previous works have included ‘Mini Structures’ – a series of supersoft London landmarks created for Time Out magazine – activist creations for Greenpeace, and exhibitions alongside notable street artists such as Banksy. Her creations often discuss issues spanning the politics of consumerism, sidelined social groups and mental wellbeing.

She’s a total softie. …

OPENING NIGHT: 6pm-9pm, Friday 1st August 2014 Sponsored by Swizzels Matlow, opening night will feature free sweeties, performances from GuerillaZoo

THE CORNERSHOP IS THEN OPEN: Every day, including Sundays, 10am-7pm, until Sunday 31st August. 19 Wellington Row, London E2 7BB 

The Cornershop Episode One

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It may look rough and ready but come 1st August, everything will be top banana. Full details coming imminently.

Six weeks until The Cornershop Opens

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A relatively short update from me in terms of text mainly because I seem to have lost the ability to do anything apart from sew these last few months. Stringing sentences together has become a bit taxing.

Well, with six weeks to go, sometimes it feels like that’s loads of time and then it occurs to me that it’s frighteningly soon. Amazingly, I’m right on track with everything and the list is looking really good. I’ve forgotten half the stuff I made back in March and it seems like a lifetime ago. I feel like this is the last big push of making and then the rest is a mad PR campaign, lots of emails and invitations and printing.

I’m really sorry to everyone who has messaged me in the past couple of months and I haven’t replied. I’m honestly getting round to it but yeah, as I said, I’ve pretty much not left the house for a good few months now. I think I’ll really miss this intense time when it’s over and my day isn’t planned hour by hour and I don’t have an excuse to watch back to back episodes of Dateline.

So without further ado and rambling, here’s what you’re all here for and what wouldn’t be happening without any of you guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cornershop Marches On!

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So you're probably all thinking it's about time Lucy updated us on her progress with The Cornershop....well you are right! For those of you following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you'll have seen that the Cornershop is growing by the day. I've barely left the house and when it's unavoidable, I've been taking my sewing with me everywhere I go which has resulting in me sewing in some pretty weird places and getting strange looks from everyone. Last Sunday, I went on my friend's narrowboat and we sailed down the Thames. I sat on the roof getting sunburnt and sewing all the crisps section.

Apologies for not updating you all sooner but as you can imagine, it's been wall to wall sewing and friends, family and basic hygiene has pretty much gone out the window in the last three weeks. I'm walking to and from the kettle in a daze, grasping the intimidating list and a fluorescent highlighter in my mouth.

In other news! I was on BBC Radio London talking about the Cornershop with Gaby Roslin and you can listen to it here: 

To make up for the lack of updates however, I'm now going to inundate you with photos of what I've been up to. As always, if you want to see more progress, please follow me on:

Instagram: sewyoursoul

Twitter: @sewyoursoul

Or just follow either of my blogs www.sewyoursoul.co.uk www.thecornershopblog.com