Lucy Sparrow, The Cornershop and 8 'Till Late
361 people pledged £10,744 to support The Cornershop on Kickstarter, and
532 people pledged £40,519 to support 8 ‘Till Late 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, transforming an abandoned London storefront into a shop filled with her hand-sewn, hand-painted objects. Two years later, Sparrow brought the idea to New York City with the help of 532 backers. 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 the dark reality of gentrification and rising rents, which push family-owned bodegas from their longtime neighborhoods. Bodegas, Sparrow says, 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.”