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.


Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Hidden Art

I’ve been working with an architect on proposals for commissions, the majority of which require visualisations of the final work or inspirations. These are never usually shown in my portfolio, where the focus is on completed projects.

1)This commission was selected for an outdoors installation, but due to limitations we encountered with the production company, we were left with 4 days in which to make 8 Victorian pieces. Sadly we also didn’t manage to get any photographs of the final installation and as the work was never returned to us, this is the only visual record of the piece.

2)A visualisation for Minnie Weisz Studioto: the potential for a billboard near the studio to be used for exhibiting artwork by graphic and typographic artists.
The billboard art commissions by Argent PLC are currently on display behind St Pancras station.

3)Victorian architecture formerly used for textiles and fashion production is used to host installations and art for an annual festival ‘Situation Critical’. This proposal is based upon a contemporary high fashion label local to the region, John Smedley and a missing crinoline from a portrait of his wife, Caroline, resonant of the loss of the textile and fashion from that region.

4)Temple Manor in Kent was a point of departure and return for the Knights Templar. Our proposal developed ideas for an installation themed around travel. This collage was a starting point for our inspirations.

Monday, 14 March 2011

East London Advertiser article: Fashion guru Betty Jackson displays her eco credentials in Bethnal Green

Alex Maule, 21, Imelda Maguire, 26, fashion designer Betty Jackson, Conny Seidler, 22 wearing a dress designed by Caroline Collinge from Cabinet of Curiosity.

AFTER Livia Firth made a splash at the Oscars with her ethical red carpet gown last week the east End jumped on the guilt-free bandwagon with an event at Bethnal Green’s Museum of Childhood. Fashion designer and V&A trustee Betty Jackson was among the host of eco-pioneers who crammed into the Cambridge Heath Road museum’s exhibition hall last Thursday evening for a feast of ethical fashion. Eco-journalists and green stylists were discussing the rise of “slow fashion”, which stands against the throw-away culture of buying often and cheap that has gained popularity in recent years, while the Guardian’s Ethical Living columnist Lucy Siegle, spoke about her forthcoming book, To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World? London’s ultra-cool stylist Jocelyn Whipple ran a workshop on green styling and eco-campaigners Labour Behind the Label and Love Fashion Hate Sweat Shops offered top tips on how to be stylishly sustainable.
By Victoria Huntley, News Editor, East London Advertiser, Monday, March 7, 2011.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Museum of Childhood Ethical Fashion Event

I've just shown some paper costumes at the Museum of Childhood for an ethical fashion event organised by The Papered Parlour. 
The skirt is made from stitched japanese paper, folded using a variation on the miura-ori fold, whilst the fan is a variation on the miura-ori fold, using cartridge paper that has also been stitched. 
I plan to make another costume with this folding technique but on a larger scale, using Tyvek instead of paper.
The photographs of dance performer Conny Seidler were taken by The Papered Parlour.