This past August, an abandoned storefront in East London was transformed into a temporary art installation.
Cornershop, the brainchild of fiber artist, Lucy Sparrow, is a fun take on consumerism where the shelves are stocked with every traditional shop item you could think of: cash register, magazine rack, newspapers, ice box, biscuit isle, lady items, beer, crisps – my personal favorite ‘the oyster card’ (think public transportation pass).
You’re waiting for the fun part right? The items were hand-stitched by Sparrow and her assistant. The undertaking took 8 months and they blew through 984 square feet of felt. Sparrow describes corner shops as a “slice of life…The exhibition encourages people to take a closer look at the everyday.”
All the items were available for purchase in the store and online, during that time Sparrow offered a variety of sewing workshops, designed to engage the local community in public art. In a interview with The Guardian, Sparrow openly expressed her fear of selling out the shop…”Obviously it would be nice to sell it all on opening night, but I have this fear of having to make it all again,” she said. “I don’t think I can go though that. It might actually break me.”
As well as £1,000 of sponsorship money from Swizzels sweets, the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised £10,500, and £8,000 of Arts Council funding.
The project is closed now, but you can still browse the items online.
Quote from The Guardian