By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis
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Videographer / Director: Jack Stevens
Producer: Rebecca Lewis
Editor: Jack Stevens
But the pistols, grenades and revolvers are safe in children’s hands - as they are all made out of FELT.
The Warmongery is the unusual brainchild of craft-crazy Lucy Sparrow, 28, from Southampton.
Last year she delighted Londoners with a cornershop made entirely of fabric – and has now returned with a pop-up store dedicated to explosives, firearms and knives.
Lucy has hand-stitched 950 individual pieces, including biohazard suits, rifles and even a TANK.
She said: “I've always worked with felt. It's mainly because of its association with childhood and innocent crafting projects.
“When you start making things like guns and porn mags out of felt, it really messes with people's heads.
“They like it but feel a bit divided at the same time. It's bordering on sickly twee and cute but punching you in the face all at once.”
The labour-of-love took two months to make, with Lucy working round-the-clock seven days a week to produce at least three items a day.
Thanks to the success of her previous project, Lucy was able to fund the Warmongery herself – but found the pressure to top the felt Cornershop overwhelming.
She said: “I feel like a band who's just had a hit single and now has to prove themselves with a second album.
“The Cornershop appealed to every demographic possible so I always knew that making The Warmongery was not going to be so easy to win people over.
“I know that The Warmongery is going to meet some resistance because of what it looks like on the surface but I hope that visitors are willing to look a bit deeper and realise what it's all about.”
The exhibition, which is open for just six days from May 12, allows visitors to purchase each item – from £8 grenades to an intricate £1,250 tank.
And although the nature of the shop may shock, Lucy hopes visitors will think twice about gun control and mental health.
She said: “I think it's very common and not surprising that people tend to blame an object of violence rather than the thing that is pulling the trigger.
“It's a classic way of treating mental illness where you treat the symptom instead of the underlying cause of the problem.
“Banning guns won't stop people having the anger and frustration of wanting to use that weapon in the first place so the idea behind The Warmongery as with all my work is to anthropomorphise objects to make disgust towards them seem all the more ridiculous.”
For more information or to shop online visit www.thewarmongery.com