Lucy Sparrow, The Cornershop and 8 Till Late
361 and 532 people pledged £10,744 and £40,519 to support these two projects on Kickstarter.
Felt SPAM, felt pizza, felt magazines, felt candy, felt Frosted Flakes, felt cigarettes — these are just a few of the thousands of items artist Lucy Sparrow crafts for her immersive installations. In 2014, 361 backers helped Sparrow realize The Cornershop, an abandoned London store filled with her hand-sewn, hand-painted objects. Two years later, Sparrow and over 523 backers brought her idea to New York City. 8 Till Late contained 9,000 unique objects and, after nine months of work, sold out in just two weeks. The seemingly lighthearted work alludes to today’s dark reality of rising rents that push out longstanding bodegas from their own neighborhoods. Bodegas, Sparrow offers, are “your home away from home, that’s your lifeline, you know? [My work] may appear fluffy and lovely on the surface, but it's offering an alternative.”