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An entire stitched fabric convenience store art installation in Manhattan. A whole felt shop!
An entire stitched fabric convenience store art installation in Manhattan. A whole felt shop!
An entire stitched fabric convenience store art installation in Manhattan. A whole felt shop!
532 backers pledged £40,519 to help bring this project to life.

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The New York Fabric Convenience Store-An Art Installation

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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.

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

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

Creative Boom: http://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/artist-lucy-sparrow-wants-to-open-new-yorks-first-shop-made-entirely-from-felt/

ArtNet: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/lucy-sparrow-felt-convenience-store-us-debut-587510

DNAinfo: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160817/soho/this-artist-wants-re-create-entire-convenience-store-using-felt

The Cornershop 2014
The Cornershop 2014

 

The Cornershop 2014
The Cornershop 2014

 

The Cornershop 2014
The Cornershop 2014

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

 

The Winking Twinkie!
The Winking Twinkie!

 

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

 

Favourite Candy Bundle
Favourite Candy Bundle

 

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

 

Bargain Bucket
Bargain Bucket

 

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

 

The Manager's Special
The Manager's Special

Finally

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.

Risks and challenges

This is the biggest project I have ever undertaken, five times the size of The Cornershop. There are many more complications delivering this, particularly logistically as New York is just under 3500 miles from London. But that only makes it more delicious a challenge.

I have plenty of support in the UK and Stateside to help me bring this project to fruition for which I am extremely grateful.

New York is a new and bigger audience that requires more research particularly of unfamiliar products in order to give the store the ultimate feel of authenticity.

Because this installation is my most ambitious project to date and the location it requires a lot more funding than before, so if you loved The Cornershop, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

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    Four favourite sweet treats from the convenience store. Mmmm delicious!

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    Full Day Sewing Class For You & A Friend

    A Full Day Sewing Workshop For You & A Friend in the convenience store with me where you will learn to make lots of different foods that you can then take home with you. This will be New York based so please bear that in mind when pledging.

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    The Bargain Bucket

    A selection of 10 products from the convenience store. The mini starter kit for your Lucy Sparrow art collection.

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    A Felt Food Picnic Basket

    A Felt Food Picnic Basket full of your favourite foods that you can choose yourself (max 10 items)

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    The Manager's Special

    A great Lucy Sparrow starter set for any art collector. They look perfect in a large perspex frame. Super bright and eye-catching.

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    A Convenience Store Shopping Spree

    An exclusive private tour first look of the convenience store and a felt shopping spree! This will be New York based so please bear that in mind when pledging.

    (Max 30 items)

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    At Your Convenience

    A catered private viewing of the exhibition for you and 10 friends, fully fitted convenience store uniform, 100 items of your choice from the store and a meet and greet with the artist.

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