A London based artist has began her path to re-opening an abandoned cornershop, with all the stock completely re-made out of felt and wool.
Lucy Sparrow, a textile artist originally from Bath, has already started creating the felt products after a successful Kickstarter programme raised money to create items for the project. The Cornershop, based in Bethnal Green, will be visited by both local passers-by and art audiences. Once inside the shop they will not only be able to view the products, but also handle, and even buy them.
The funding through Kickstarter has paid for materials and 1 months rent for the shop, but Lucy is seeking further sponsorship or funding to pay for the planned outreach programme.
The Cornershop pivots around 12 community workshops which will teach creative skills and be developed in collaboration with local community groups. The workshops will involve those of all ages as well as people who are socially excluded and those suffering from mental illnesses.
Speaking about the Cornershop Lucy says ”With the project I hope to help re-create the community contact that used to revolve around local cornershops, by engaging with local people. I want to help bring back the communication and friendship that used to exist around a familiar building, which is what the cornershop will become. We want to work with local people and help them gain new skills through the project, which can then be developed and passed on to others”.
To follow progress of the project and find out more visit: http://www.thecornershopblog.com
By Natasha Steer