See this: The Corner Shop

Corner ShopIt’s not every day I come across a shop that fills me with utter joy, as shopping generally leaves me cold (unless it’s Marni of course). But imagine a shop that stirs memories, makes you smile and leaves you feeling a little bit warm and fuzzy – without even buying anything – and you have The Corner Shop.

Artist Lucy Sparrow has filled a former derelict shop in Bethnal Green, just behind Columbia Road, with over 4,000 handmade felt versions of popular grocery items  – from fish fingers and cans of SPAM, to sanitary towels, newspapers, ice lollies, oven chips, cigarettes and vegetables. She has even made a newspaper stand, drinks cabinet and all of the shops accessories and signs.

corner shop 5Everything in the shop is for sale and prices range from £3 for a felt cigarette lighter to £840 for the shops till. There will also be a variety of sewing workshops, designed to engage the local community – particularly people with autism and the socially excluded.

WR corner shop 3 Lucy funded the project on Kickstarter, initially asking for £2000 and ending up raising £10,500. She also got funding from Tower Hamlet and the Arts Council. She thinks her Kickstarter campaign was so successful because it appealed to the inner child. “I think people thought, ‘you know what, I want to see a corner shop made out of felt. I want to see that ridiculous idea.”

WR Corner shop 4 The shop will be open every day in August from 10am till 7pm, at 19 Wellington Row, London E2 7BB and is a ‘must see’ if you are in London’s east end over the summer.

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