Cabinet of Curiosity are textile/costume artist Caroline Collinge & architect Edmond Salter.
They work with paper materials & techniques to make exhibitions, installations & participatory arts activities for commissions with heritage sites, arts organisations, museums & the community.


Sunday, 20 September 2009

Poodle suits

I've been asked to submit a proposal for a scheme called Museumakers which enables 'makers' to partner museums and create a project based upon their collection. I'm applying to Orleans Gallery, in partnership with a director, to jointly create a performance and installation that will also incorporate the River Thames, Strawberry Hill and Ham House. I found this photograph of a previous owner of Orleans House with her pet poodle. Apparently she used to spin its hair into cloth that was then cut into suits for her grandsons to wear.

Monday, 7 September 2009


It's been a long wait, but 'Scratch', a film I worked on last year is due to be released. I'm looking forward to seeing it as a lot of thought went into the design, the script was very good and the performances strong. I hope it does well. It's unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be a lot of outlets for 'art house' short films of this nature.
I've found that I collaborate best with European and international directors as they tend to have a strong visual aesthetic. Most English directors have a tendancy to concentrate on the text and prefer gritty realism. Nothing wrong with that, except it doesn't suit my style of work. I like to make the design and characters believeable and truthful within a heightened sense of reality and create another world.