As a textiles artist, Lucy Sparrow works mainly with felt and wool to create over-sized soft versions of existing objects and major art works. The aim of this ‘feltism’ is to question, playfully, both the politics of artistic production (e.g. re-creating major art works of 1990s in felt) and to tackle some of sharp realities of contemporary social life (often collaboratively), dealing with issues around politics of consumerism, social exclusion, gender and neurological diversity.
Having exhibited her work for over five years, in the last two years her career has taken off with her first solo show Imitation in 2012 (Hoxton Gallery, London), followed by Softcore (Crocus Gallery, Nottingham, 2013) with a third planned in 2014. In the last year, she has attracted major paid commissions, including Urban Take-Over at Hannah’s, Seale-Hayne (Devon) in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s travelling Street Art exhibition. This featured her work, as the only textile artist on the urban street-art scene, alongside notable street artists such as Banksy.
She currently has a weekly commission with Time Out London (08/13-01/14) featuring felt mini-structures of iconic London Buildings, alongside interviews with their users on Time Out’s blog and in their magazine. The project will culminate, after six months, in a solo international touring show supported by Time Out. She has been invited to contribute to over eighteen group shows to date, most notably, Modern Panic (2009-2013); International Women’s day exhibition (Crypt Gallery, London, 2013); Urban Art Show (Louise T Blouin Foundation, London, 2013). Building on her experience of conceptualizing and installing exhibitions, her work is diversifying to include curation, upcoming projects including a Craftivism Group Show (W3 London, 2013).