Artist Stocks General Store with 4,000 Hand-Sewn Products

by Sonia Edwards

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Not sure whether I’d be disgruntled or delighted to reach for my favorite candy bar at a deli, only to realize that it wasn’t a candy bar at all, but a plush replica. On second thought, I’d be pretty delighted, especially if everything in the whole store had been replaced by adorable, hand-stitched felt duplicates.  

British artist Lucy Sparrow devoted seven months to making that happen, and her completed project, The Corner Shop, is on display now. 

With help from supporters on Kickstarter, Sparrow rented out an abandoned corner store in east London and stocked it with 4,000 felt props, each sewn by hand. Candy, beer, magazines, even the cash register—everything is plush, with care and love in every stitch.

If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out! The Corner Shop will be open to visitors throughout the rest of August. If not, no worries! Almost all of her products are available for purchase on the exhibition’s website.

Images via thisiscolossal

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