Artist creates sex shop out of felt to challenge prudery

Oct 9, 2015 at 5:52 a.m. ET

Felt might not be the material that first springs to mind when you think about sex but a London artist is relying on it to start a discussion about the U.K.’s porn laws.

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Lucy Sparrow has built a sex shop in Soho created entirely from felt. The mammoth task took her six months, during which she stitched over 5,000 sex products, including condoms, lubricants, porn mags and bondage gear.

Madame Roxy’s Erotic Emporium is former sex worker Sparrow’s response to recently tightened pornography laws: in December 2014 the U.K. made it illegal for online pornography to depict certain practices, including face-sitting, female ejaculation and caning.

Sparrow said she "seeks to challenge the rights of sex workers, fetishists and consumers of porn with the creation of a complete sex shop which, were the exhibits not made from felt, would be illegal."

"Does a porn magazine created from felt and hand-stitched break Britain’s new porn laws?" she asked. "The show gives the opportunity for those who know little of the sex retail industry to satisfy their curiosity without the need for floor-length trench coats and dark glasses."

What's the difference between a felt porn mag and a regular one?

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Courtesy: Lucy Sparrow/Instagram

The condom vending machine actually works! Put £2 in the slot for a glittery condom.

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Courtesy: Lucy Sparrow/Instagram

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Sex toys you want to… cuddle?!

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Courtesy: Lucy Sparrow/Instagram

Rob, the felt-covered gimp mannequin, took Sparrow three days to complete.

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Courtesy: Lucy Sparrow/Instagram

"Madame Roxy’s Erotic Emporium: Solo Show by Lucy Sparrow" is at Scissorhand Barbershop, 2 Green’s Court, Soho, London W1F 0HB from Oct. 7 to 17; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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