A felted Off License

You know those ideias we have just before falling asleep? They normally start with a “Wouldn’t it be great if…?” and sound like the best thing ever at the time, only for daylight to kill it with logic and common sense. I swear this could be one of them.

I can totally imagine this project starting out in Lucy Sparrow’s head like that, a silly idea that crept up just before her brain switched wavelengths – “Wouldn’t it be great if I made a whole shop with things completely made of felt?” The difference is, where I believe most of us would just wake up the following morning with a “yeah, right” and go about our boring routines, this woman decided to ignore that inner voice and just go for it. And well done for her! The end result is truly jaw-dropping and amazing.

A lot has already been written about Lucy’s shop, but here’s a quick condensed version for the more distracted ones: Lucy had this brilliant idea, then she decided to follow it through via some crowdfunding, where she got a whole lot more money than she anticipated, and off she went, creating all the stuff that a regular Off License sells, in felt. She apparently spent around fourteen hours a day, for 8 months, making her vision come true. I love felting, but I reckon my eyes would have melted and my hands would have exploded with all this.

By the time I’m writing this, the Cornershop no longer exists, having only been a 30-day-long art installation in London’s Bethnal Green during the month of August; I was lucky enough to make it on their last day and snoop around, so here are some photos of this amazing space for your enjoyment pleasure.

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It was a beautiful day, so a lot of people were out and about – there was a queue to get into the shop!

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Newsflash! Felt is creeping up on London.

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Is it a little weird that one can find a diarrhoea product cute and loveable? I can also hear the giggles that went on during the making of the condoms and tampons.

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You can find Lucy Sparrow’s Facebook page here.

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