Corner Shop


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A rather wonderful exhibition at an abandoned corner shop in Bethnal Green, East London by British artist and knitting-nut Lucy Sparrow.

The Corner Shop (initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign)  is stocked with a display of 4,000 hand-sewn felt products that took seven months to assemble. Open through August, everything is available to purchase online.


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20 thoughts on “Corner Shop

    1. Mikeyfex

      Something that stuck with me from QI (I normally forget everything).

      Rizlas are actually Riz (or Rice Paper) from the manufacturer La Croix. On the packaging You see RIZLA follow by a large cross. So technically just Riz (Ree) should suffice or the full name Riz, La Croix.

      But don’t worry I still call em Rizlas like everyone else, I’m not a dickhead like.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Interesting bit of trivia there Mikey.
        Plus these could also be termed a generoym – a topic of fascination some days ago on BS.

        QI would be far better if they got rid of both the ridiculous buzzers and Alan Davies.

        1. Mikeyfex

          Very good, I must have missed that. That’s a controversial call on Alan Davies now, as long a Phil Jupitus isn’t on it I’ll watch it.

          Bet you can’t remember the term for when a word is used twice in the same description of something, like ATM Machine, for example. I think it was you who got all excited about learning about it on here a good while back.

    1. Tom Stewart


      Within reason, if you’ve made something and you say it’s art, then it’s art.

  1. Larl Keavey

    Sometimes I feel like I have not done enough with my life. Then I see that someone has spent seven months knitting fake crisps and sweet packets, and I feel a little bit better about the terrible choices I have made

  2. SOMK

    Oh look it’s something you’re already intimately familiar with but slightly different, here’s the intro animation for the GOBOTS made by filming stop motion FRUIT PASTEELS, look over here it’s the CAR FROM NIGHTRIDER made from the second hand LEATHER TROUSERS of Indian porn industry workers, what about this, think this is a photograph of BONO? LOL! fooled you! Would you believe it’s actually drawn in BIRO, look over here it’s the DOG FROM ‘WOOF” made out of LETTUCE, and over here’s a CORNER SHOP but all the products are made from FELT!

    It’s often said about Frank Geary’s Bilbao museum, that this is building who’s sole purpose is to be photographed, and was it about eight years ago newspaper layouts starting changing to look more like web pages? Now you have art projects that are designed to be seen only online (there’s obviously internet art and all that, but this is something that’s been designed precisely to feature in online articles like this), it’s more real online than it is in reality.

    It’s fine, it’s a clever and well executed bit of marketing, I suppose people who are easily amused (or really into felt) will enjoy it, you could argue it’s better that it exists than it doesn’t exist, but it’s a lot of effort to make something that’s ultimately pretty bloody silly and pointlessly nostalgic, especially as you could easily recreate the experience by wearing a pair of €1 reading glasses into any local shop and whenever you go to pick something up instead rub a bit of cloth against your hand, but no one in real life would ever do that, because it’d be pointless and daft!

    You might say “there’s always one moaner/begrudger etc.” in and of itself it’s fine, to each their own, but the other day was reading about how now people take twice as long (comparing 2004 with 2014) ordering in restaurants because they spend half the time mucking about with their phones (, one easy reality (because it trades on instant gratification, whatever keeps you on a website for longer) becomes more attractive, sucks people in and bleeds into the original, you end up with a static culture, a Huxelyan nightmare

    “What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” -Neil Postman

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