British artist Lucy Sparrow caused something of a stir two years ago when she opened a corner shop in East London with everything hand crafted entirely out of felt. Now, she's bringing a similar project to New York City, and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise half of the $105,000 (80,000 pounds) needed to fund her felt convenience store.
The store, which will be called Eight Till Late, will be filled with over 8,000 hand-sewn items, including iconic American brands like Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Inside, it will have other typical U.S. convenience store features like pizza by the slice, a deli counter and hot dogs. People will be able to buy all the items on display, and there will also be special events in the store, with performances by staff. Sparrow herself will also be there, behind the counter.
Sparrow hopes to open the store in summer 2017, for three weeks -- but it'll take a whole year for her to make it.
Meanwhile, the Kickstarter campaign is open till next Monday -- and is over three-quarters of the way to its goal. Those who make a pledge can get some felt goodies of their own -- including crafted Twinkies, cans of Spam and even a New York Post -- as well as VIP access to the store. In London, the lines stretched around the corner, so the latter could be pretty useful.