The Cornershop

Think back to the days of childhood and how much fun it was to role-play the chore of shopping for groceries. My girls can spend hours playing the game of “grocery shop.”

For artist Lucy Sparrow, it’s not just child’s play. Her latest project, the Cornershop, is a temporary installation featuring a traditional neighborhood grocery store whose inventory is made completely of wool and felt. Lucy was inspired by an old, abandoned launderette in London and got to work.

lucy sparrow2

It certainly does seem as though the former Princess Dry Cleaning shop should be turned into a fabulous piece of art.

lucy sparrow1

Lucy spent seven months stitching close to 4,000 replicas of everyday grocery items and then stocking them on the shelves of her Cornershop.

lucy sparrow

Oh, it would be too fun to peruse the aisles of Lucy’s Cornershop! If only London was in my future travel plans. If you happen to be in London this month or in Brighton in October, do tell us all about it! 🙂

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wow, I would love to see this. I bet it is just incredible inside. I wish London was on my travel list at the moment as well. Wouldn’t your girls love to play shopping in this store?!!

    • Megan says:

      They would love it! One day we showed up at our local coop to find a mini shopping cart. The girls were in heaven. MaryJanesFarm shortly donated a second and third one so each girl could have their own when shopping and there was a spare for someone else. I don’t even have to push a cart around and the produce department is a great way to practice our math skills. 🙂

  2. Like so many litlle girls I loved to play grocery shopping, pretty much the only shopping I ever saw as a kid in a small southern town. Back then cream for your coffee was served in those adorable small glass milk bottles. I had everyone’s grandmother bringing the empties home for my ” store” , but my mother found out and considered it stealing. So, I had to arrange to give back all the tiny bottles to the restaurants or diners via the ” thieves”, mostly little old ladies ! Yep, I won’t soon forget that store role playing.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *