The Cornershop. Lucy Sparrow

The lucky residents of Bethnal Green are about to have a wonderful new cornershop open up on a busy street corner. But this isn’t yet another Tesco’s Metro, although it looks just as well stocked – everything on sale in this shop has been handmade, by Lucy, out of felt. The project has been 7 months in the making and throws open its doors to the public today at 6pm.

To see Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop blog click here.

This is exactly what a rainy day like today calls for, I could spend hours scrutinizing the photos, writing a mental shopping list of things to fill my cupboards with from this crafty corner shop. But not only is Lucy’s imaginative, immersive installation open for business daily until the end of the month, it will also be host to 12 workshops aimed at bringing together various local groups. In her blog Lucy tells us that the workshops will provide an opportunity for a shared making experience and discussion around the steady disappearance of cornershops all over the country.

I was interested to read that Lucy had secured part of her funding using Kickstarter. Now, I know I have spoken to a couple of people about Kickstarter recently, I have totally forgotten who exactly but you know who you are! The link to her Kickstarter proposal is here.

The time for fundraising is over now, but it is still an interesting read and explains a lot about her motivation for starting the project in the first place.

If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter then today is a good time to have a look at that too.There are loads of innovative people out there who would be doing such interesting things if only they had a bit of cash to help them get started. As you will see Lucy Sparrow far exceeded her £2,000 target, as did the guy looking for $10 to make a potato salad (which I notice is closing in two hours). I’m still slightly kicking myself that we didn’t pledge for this one

 

But hey, while I’ve been writing this post the sun has come out so it’s not all bad!

Hope the sun is shining where you are, if it isn’t I hope you’ve got everything you need for a blanket fort.

 

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