Lucy Sparrow prepares to fit out her Cornershop which launches in Bethnal Green on 1st August 2014

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Originally posted on Inspiring City:

“I’m going to lie down in a dark room for two weeks and just not move and have someone feed me grapes” dreams Lucy Sparrow as she thinks of the days beyond the Cornershop.

We are meeting at her home in Muswell Hill, a leafy suburb in the north of the city. Since first meeting over four months ago, Lucy has spent her time sewing, sewing and sewing some more. Her home is cram packed full of produce except that it’s all made out of felt.

The Cornershop is the project, successfully funded by Kickstarter, her intention is to re-create a traditional corner shop made out of nothing but felt and wool. It is an epic undertaking, altogether at the end of the project she will have sewn together just short of 4000 items, that’s four thousand!!!

Lucy has spent the best part of four months preparing for the corner shop Lucy has spent the best part of four months preparing for…

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Six weeks until The Cornershop Opens

A relatively short update from me in terms of text mainly because I seem to have lost the ability to do anything apart from sew these last few months. Stringing sentences together has become a bit taxing.

Well, with six weeks to go, sometimes it feels like that’s loads of time and then it occurs to me that it’s frighteningly soon. Amazingly, I’m right on track with everything and the list is looking really good. I’ve forgotten half the stuff I made back in March and it seems like a lifetime ago. I feel like this is the last big push of making and then the rest is a mad PR campaign, lots of emails and invitations and printing.

I’m really sorry to everyone who has messaged me in the past couple of months and I haven’t replied. I’m honestly getting round to it but yeah, as I said, I’ve pretty much not left the house for a good few months now. I think I’ll really miss this intense time when it’s over and my day isn’t planned hour by hour and I don’t have an excuse to watch back to back episodes of Dateline.

So without further ado and rambling, here’s what you’re all here for and what wouldn’t be happening without any of you guys.

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High Street Art

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Originally posted on Art of Festivals:

I’ve managed to clock two conferences in two days, both about the future of the arts (and arts funding), but otherwise different in every possible way.

On Thursday 5 June, Owning the Arts: Making Things Happen, organised by Rowan Arts as part of the Holloway Road Festival, aimed at “artists, arts managers, producers, educators and community activists”, was all about creative and collective problem-solving. The following day, Arts Development UK’s national seminar on The Value of Public Commissioning gathered arts and cultural organisations engaged in community building, well-being and regeneration together with public service commissioners for a day of keynote speeches and case studies presentations to discuss evidence, outcomes and evaluation.

I’m probably going to blog for quite a while about all the people I met, projects I’ve discovered,  and things I’ve agreed and disagreed with, just in the space of these two days, but to start with I…

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The Cornershop Marches On!

So you’re probably all thinking it’s about time Lucy updated us on her progress with The Cornershop….well you are right! For those of you following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have seen that the Cornershop is growing by the day. I’ve barely left the house and when it’s unavoidable, I’ve been taking my sewing with me everywhere I go which has resulting in me sewing in some pretty weird places and getting strange looks from everyone. Last Sunday, I went on my friend’s narrowboat and we sailed down the Thames. I sat on the roof getting sunburnt and sewing all the crisps section.

Apologies for not updating you all sooner but as you can imagine, it’s been wall to wall sewing and friends, family and basic hygiene has pretty much gone out the window in the last three weeks. I’m walking to and from the kettle in a daze, grasping the intimidating list and a fluorescent highlighter in my mouth.

In other news! I was on BBC Radio London talking about the Cornershop with Gaby Roslin and you can listen to it here:

To make up for the lack of updates however, I’m now going to inundate you with photos of what I’ve been up to. As always, if you want to see more progress, please follow me on:

Instagram: sewyoursoul

Twitter: @sewyoursoul

Or just follow either of my blogswww.sewyoursoul.co.uk www.thecornershopblog.com

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Canned goods & Confectionery

Hi Feltfans,

I haven’t updated you in a while as predictably, I’ve been sewing my little heart out but boy, have I got some treats to show you! The canned goods section is 90% finished, the confectionery is at about 70% and I’m well on my way with the cigarettes and tobacco. I’ve been taking lots of photos as I go to keep you all updated with the progress so enjoy! Don’t forget, I’m also on Instagram as sewyoursoul, Twitter as @sewyoursoul and here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sew-Your-Soul-Art-by-Lucy-Sparrow/101382316577592?fref=ts

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The Cornershop Video Update 4 & List of Everything That Needs To Be Made

Another update from The Cornershop. I’ve had a lot of people asking how much stuff I’m making and what exactly is going to be included in The Cornershop so I thought I’d let you see my list. I’m a big fan of lists, I can’t really function without them so here it is!

Cornershop Update 4 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abkdCGyxv4k

  • Cornershop Inventory
  • Confectionery
  • 12 drifter
  • 14 dairy milk’
  • 14 fruit and nut’
  • 8 toffee crisp’
  • 14 flake’
  • 12 bounty
  • 10 kit Kat
  • 10 kit Kat chunky’
  • 12 twix’
  • 12 snickers’
  • 12 Mara bar’
  • 8 time out’
  • 10 malt erasers’
  • 10 lion bar’
  • 10 mint aero’
  • 10 aero
  • 12 fruit pastilles’
  • 12 fruit gums’
  • 12 wine gums’
  • 10 twirl’
  • 16 fudge’
  • 6 dairy milk big’
  • 6 bournville big’
  • 12 bourneville
  • 12 skittles’
  • 12 starburst’
  • 12 revels’
  • 12 Turkish delight
  • 12 double decker
  • 12 topic
  • 14 milky bar
  • 12 Yorker
  • 10 galaxy
  • 10 minstrels
  • 10 wisps’
  • 12 Milky Way
  • 12 boost’
  • 12 star bar’
  • 10 m and ms’
  • 10 m and ms peanut ‘
  • 12 Cadbury caramel’
  • 12 Beuno
  • 20 kinder eggs
  • 10 smarties
  • Hang bags
  • 6 malteasers’
  • 6 buttons’
  • 6 jelly babies’
  • 6 skittles’
  • 6 haribo
  • 6 revels’
  • 6 minstrels’
  • 6 mini eggs’
  • 6 fruit pastilles
  • 6 fruit gums’
  • 6 chocolate eclairs’
  • 6 milky bar buttons
  • 6 starburst’
  • 6 smarties
  • 6 m and m peanuts’
  • Crisps
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  • 6 ready salted walkers’
  • 6 cheese and onion walkers’
  • 6  salt and vinegar walkers’
  • 8 monster munch pickled onion
  • 6 orange Doritos’
  • 6 blue Doritos’
  • 4 red Pringles
  • 4 green Pringles
  • 4 BBQ Pringles
  • 6 quavers
  • 6 wotsits
  • 6 space invaders
  • 6 chipsticks
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  • Toiletries
  •  
  • 4 toilet roll 4 pack
  • 4 kitchen roll 2 pack
  • 6 paracetamol boxes
  • 6 lemsips
  • 4 immodium
  • 4 laxatives
  • 2 calpol
  • 6 condom packets
  • 4 tampon packs
  • 4 sanitary towel packs
  • 6 toothpaste boxes
  • 6 Ibruprofen
  • 8 Paracetamol
  • 6 alka seltzer
  • 4 pregnancy test
  • 4 batteries
  • 4 shampoo
  • 4 conditioner
  • 6 imperial leather soap
  • 6 coal tar soap
  • 4 toothbrush packs
  • 4 bleach
  • 6 scourers
  • 6 cat food
  • 6 dog food
  • 2 cat litter
  • 6 ky jelly
  • 4 mouthwash
  • 4 bubble bath
  • 4 shower gel
  • 2 nappies
  • 4 baby wipes
  • Canned goods
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  • 6 Green giant sweet corn’
  • 6 Chickpeas’
  • 6 Kidney beans’
  • 6 butter beans
  • 8 tinned tomatoes’
  • 6 stewed beef’
  • 6 tinned peas’
  • 6 tinned peaches’
  • 6 tinned carrots’
  • 6 tinned fruit cocktail’
  • 6 butter beans’
  • 10 spaghetti’
  • 6 spaghetti hoops’
  • 6 ravioli’
  • 10 baked beans’
  • 6 sardines
  • 6 pilchards
  • 6 condensed milk
  • 6 pineapple rings
  • 6 macaroni cheese’
  • 6 tinned all day breakfast’
  • 8 beans with sausages’
  • 10 tomato soup’
  • 6 vegetable soup’
  • 6 chicken soup’
  • 6 mushroom soup’
  • 6 big soup’
  • 6 corned beef’
  • 8 spam’
  • 8 tuna
  • 4 Chocolate tinned pudding’
  • 4 Treacle tinned pudding’
  • 6 rice pudding’
  • 6 custard’
  • Dry packet goods/bakery
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  • 6 Chicken stock cubes
  • 6 Vegetable stock cubes
  • 4 Chocolate cake mix
  • 4 bistro orange
  • 4 bistro red
  • 4 bistro green
  • 4 icing sugar
  • 4 sugar cubes
  • 6 granulated sugar
  • 6 caster sugar
  • 4 paxo sage and onion
  • 6 dried spaghetti
  • 6 pasta bows
  • 6 chicken instant noodles
  • 6 veg instant noodles
  • 6 beef instant noodles
  • 6 pasta sauce bottles
  • 4 peanut butter
  • 4 strawberry jam
  • 6 marmite
  • 4 hp sauce
  • 4 sarsons vinegar
  • 6 saxo salt
  • 6 jif lemons
  • 6 mayonnaise
  • 6 pesto green
  • 6 pesto red
  • 4 apple sauce
  • 4 cranberry sauce
  • 6 tomato ketchup
  • 4 strawberry jam
  • 4 marmalade
  • 4 salad cream
  • 6 honey
  • Cigarettes & Tobacco
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  • 10 lucky strike tens*
  • 10 lucky strike 20s*
  • 10 camel blue 20s
  • 20 Marlboro lights tens*
  • 20 Marlboro lights 20s*
  • 10 Mayfair tens
  • 10 Mayfair 20s
  • 10 Silk cut 20s*
  • 10 Silk cut tens*
  • 10 Benson and hedges tens*
  • 10 Benson and hedges 20s*
  • 10 Richmond 20s
  • 10 Richmond 10s
  • 10 Royal 20s*
  • 10 Royals tens*
  • 10 Windsor 20s
  • 10 Pall mall 20s
  • 10 Lambert and butler 20*
  • 10 Lambert and butler 10*
  • 8 Golden Virginia large
  • 8 golden Virginia small
  • 8 Drum large
  • 8 drum small
  • 5 Drum light
  • 8 Amber leaf box
  • 8 amber leaf large
  • 8 Cutters choice large
  • 8 cutters choice small
  • 20 lighters
  • 15 boxes of matches
  • 6 lighter fluid
  • 8 cigar tins
  • 6 old holborn
  • 10 single cigars
  • 10 superkings black
  • 10 superkings blue
  • 5 red rizla
  • 5 green rizla
  • 5 blue rizla KS
  • 5 silver rizla KS
  • 10 richmond menthols
  • 5 café crème
  • 5 hamlets
  • 5 panama
  • 10 vogue
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  • Liquor
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  • 8 Red stripe
  • 8 Special brew
  • 8 Stella
  • 8 fosters
  • 4 Jack Daniels
  • 4 Jameson
  • 4 Smirnoff
  • 4 Hendricks
  • 12 Carlsberg
  • 12 Tyski
  • 12 Lech
  • 12 Grolsch
  • 12 Asahi
  • 12 Corona
  • 12 Cobra
  • 12 Brandy
  • 4 Captain Morgans rum
  • 6 Wkd blue
  • 4 Bells whiskey
  • 4 Famous grouse whiskey
  • 12 Newkie brown
  • Soft drinks
  •  
  • 30 coke cans
  • 30 diet coke cans
  • 10 fanta cans
  • 20 coke bottles
  • 20 diet coke bottles
  • Rubicon all flavour
  • Red bull
  • Pepsi
  • Dr pepper
  • Tango
  • Water
  • Lucozade
  • Irn bru
  • Cherry coke
  • Vanilla coke
  • Miscellaneous
  • Soft Shop furniture
  • Headline A board
  • Till
  • Poppy collection tin
  • Pricing gun
  • Lottery machine
  • Shop sign
  • Hard shop furniture
  • 10 metal baskets
  • 200 carrier bags
  • 20 wooden crates or various sizes
  • 2 Big table stands
  • Shop canopy
  • Shelves
  • Sweet display
  • Chewing gum stand
  • Cigarette counter
  • Till counter
  • Fluorescent labels
  • Chest freezer
  • Ice cream freezer
  • Rails for hang bags
  • Pick and mix
  • 80 cola bottles
  • 50 giant strawberries*
  • 40 blue cables
  • 40 red cable
  • 40 green cables
  • 100 strawberry laces*
  • 80 foam shrimps*
  • 60 fried eggs*
  • 70 flying saucers’
  • 150 dolly mixture
  • 80 foam bananas*
  • 60 Jelly crocodiles*
  • 70 jelly hearts*
  • 60 astro belts*
  • 10 jelly snakes
  • 100 jelly beans*
  • 60 milk bottles*
  • 100 white paper bags
  • Fruit and veg stall
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  • 30 apples
  • 30 bananas
  • 40 oranges
  • 30 plums
  • 18 pears
  • 4 watermelons
  • 10 green grape bunches
  • 10 red grape bunches
  • 20 large potatoes
  • 30 tomatoes
  • 20 leeks
  • 10 cabbages
  • 16 red peppers
  • 16 green peppers
  • 8 green chillies
  • 8 red chillies
  • 18 runner beans
  • 10 aubergines
  • 16 parsnips
  • 16 lemons
  • 16 limes
  • 4 pineapples
  • 6 melons
  • 4 strawberry punnets
  • 4 raspberry punnets
  • 4 blueberry punnets
  • 6 butternut squash
  • 10 cucumber
  • 10 ginger root
  • 18 red onions
  • 10 lettuces
  • 30 carrots
  • 20 onions
  • 20 courgettes
  • 200 brown paper bags
  • Newspapers and magazines
  •  
  • 4 daily mail’
  • 4 guardian
  • 4 telegraph
  • 4 mirror’
  • 4 sun
  • 4 star
  • 4 sport
  • 4 times
  • 4 Evening standard
  • 4 Metro
  • 4 daily sew
  • 2 hello magazine
  • 2 ok magazine
  • 2 men’s health
  • 2 chat’
  • 2 fishing mag
  • 2 maxim
  • 2 loaded
  • 2 porn mags

You’ve Got Mail & Video Update 3

Hi Feltfans and fluffy supporters of The Cornershop. As you can probably imagine, I’ve spent the last two weeks knee deep in felt getting all the rewards ready to be sent out. It’s like a Royal Mail sorting office here. I’ve become most adept at filling out customs forms and I’ve sealed more envelopes than a political campaign helper-outer.

I’m aiming to get everything sent by March 15th which I think is totally manageable. Everything is pretty much done, it’s just the last bits of finishing off that need to be done and dusted.

I’d like to ask everyone if you have time when you receive your reward to post photos of it in situ, I’d love to hear and see what you think of them. I can retweet and post on Instagram so we can keep spreading the word about The Cornershop.

I’ve got excellent news also for people living on the south coast of England in Brighton. When The Cornershop closes in London, I’ve been invited by No Walls Gallery to install The Cornershop down there for a month. We shall then think further afield about taking over other parts of the globe…………;-)

Some photos are from my phone but all the good ones are by Jonathan Simpson. To see more of his fabulous photos, click here: http://www.jonathan-simpson.com/