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Do you remember your local Cornershop?
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Do you remember your local Cornershop?
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Do you remember your local Cornershop? Where did it go? Support the creation of a soft knitted newsagents in London.
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The New York Fabric Convenience Store

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The New York Fabric Convenience Store

Hi everyone, I thought I'd keep you all updated as I have a new Kickstarter campaign for a convenience store in New York. I felt it was time to thank all of you based in the US who backed me last time to come and see for yourselves what all the fuss is about. Hopefully I did you proud and you'd like to join in the fun and games again as it's going to bigger and better than before.

In 2014 Lucy Sparrow’s famous month long installation, 'The Cornershop', brought the plight of the demise of the local cornershop to London. Restocking an abandoned cornershop with felt bean cans, ciggys, marmite and porn mags, each item meticulously hand sewn by the artist herself. It was an unprecedented success delighting the thousands of visitors and press alike.

The Cornershop 2014
The Cornershop 2014

 

The Cornershop 2014
The Cornershop 2014

 

The Cornershop 2014
The Cornershop 2014

As featured in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/01/lucy-sparrow-new-york-corner-store-felt-art

And Juxtapoz Magazine: http://www.juxtapoz.com/news/installation/a-felt-new-york-convenience-store-by-lucy-sparrow/

 Two more shows followed covering more challenging subjects such as sex with her most recent show Madame Roxy’s Erotic Emporium where she challenged the UK sex laws which greatly affect women’s representation in the sex industry.

In Summer 2017 Sparrow embraces her biggest project to date The Convenience Store, opening in New York, a city where at the heart of every block the neon signs of the local convenience store are a beacon of hope to hungover everywhere. Where cures come in the form of a dubious pizza slice from the hot food counter or a New York icon, the hot dog from a hot dog stand, quick and cheap.

Fond memories of trying to buy your first six pack of beer and getting carded at the counter by the skeptical clerk, your fake ID just didn’t cut it. On the way out passing the moody teen settling for a Big Gulp and a hot preztel. Or popping in for a black coffee in a Yankees themed cup whilst drifting past the 99 cents bargain bin to pick up a ‘best’ of Kenny Rogers cd with some of the key hits missing.

The local convenience store is not just there for Twinkies and where would Chunk have bought his Baby Ruth bars? It is often the first taste of freedom teenagers get, being sent to fetch missing store cupboard items, and bumping into your friends staying out just a little longer than you’re meant to.

It’s hanging out with the alluring leather jacketed bad boy and when he mock proposes with a sugar ring donut whilst he punches the air as 'Don’t You Forget About Me' plays over the tinny shop speakers in the background.

Forget I’m not even 'sposed to be here, if you plan to shop lift, let us know.

What can people expect to see in the felt convenience store?

Come on down we got what you need. We’ve got felt fittings, freezers and fixtures. Take a felt basket, browse the aisles and select the fluffy goods to fill your cupboards with all the home comforts. Bring them to the counter for them to be gift wrapped and we’ll pack it in our very own branded brown paper bag.

How about a felt hot dog and help yourself to a squeeze of complimentary glitter glue mustard and ketchup from the dispensers?

The gritty kitsch of 70s New York, bright signs, the hanging meats of the deli counters which now looks a little tired but feels gloriously nostalgic. We will use one of these such shop fronts and fill it full of our colourful dungaree-clad employees who will constantly be buzzing around the store up and down step ladders to make sure that the shelves are well stocked. Our staff will bend over backwards to make sure you find everything you were looking for.

You’ll be able to take a gamble playing our felt lottery, maybe you will strike it lucky. Or fancy a quick bite to eat? At our deli counter you can create your own bespoke fabric sandwiches from pastrami or salt beef with pickles to good old PB & J to take home wrapped in brown paper bags.

All of the art will be instantly accessible, you can pop in for a few groceries pick them up off the shelves and take them home there and then. Original pieces of art at your local convenience store. For the serious art collector you can talk to our staff about purchasing curated cabinets full of your favourite convenience foods to hang in your home.

The Rewards

Set of 8 Postcards
Set of 8 Postcards

 

Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum Keyring
Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum Keyring

 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

 

A Signed Copy of my book 'Felt World'
A Signed Copy of my book 'Felt World'

 

Good old Mac N' Cheese
Good old Mac N' Cheese

 

Original Ritz Crackers
Original Ritz Crackers

 

New York Pizza Slice
New York Pizza Slice

 

Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly
Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly

 

Giant Signed Campbell's Tomato Soup
Giant Signed Campbell's Tomato Soup

 

Giant Signed Brillo Pads
Giant Signed Brillo Pads

 

Giant Signed Spam Tin
Giant Signed Spam Tin

 

Personalized New York Post
Personalized New York Post

 

Lucky Charms Cereal & Milk Carton
Lucky Charms Cereal & Milk Carton

 

Personalized Shopping Basket-I make anything you want out of felt
Personalized Shopping Basket-I make anything you want out of felt

Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who pledged to The Cornershop in 2014 I could not have done it without you, however I need your help and enthusiasm to make this happen again.

To bring the Convenience Store to life I want your support. I need to raise half the funds for its production costs from Crowdfunding to prove to my Angel investors that this an exciting art installation that people want to see. I hope to raise £40,000 so I can ensure that this three week exhibition will deliver everything I want it to be.

It’ll be the Convenience Store of your dreams and it will be completely free to visit.

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.