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.


Friday, 24 August 2012


Caroline has just finished work on costume designs for two short Philip Glass operas 'The Sound of a Voice' and the 'Hotel of Dreams' directed by Andrea Ferran which was programmed for The Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Tent 2012.
Heres are some costume design drawings for the brothel owner in the Hotel of Dreams and production photos for Sound of a Voice (photos by Alastair Muir).

The Sound of a Voice by David Henry Hwang and Philip Glass explores how intimacy is achieved between people who have lived in seclusion.
In the first part, an aging Japanese warrior arrives at the home of a mysterious woman who lives like a hermit deep in the woods. Has he come as her suitor, or her assassin? Does she intend to love him, or to imprison him forever, like the flowers she cultivates so assiduously? The battles of love become a deadly contest in this tale, blurring the distinctions between hero and coward, between victor and vanquished.
In the second part, an elderly Japanese writer visits a mysterious brothel, which caters to men near the end of their lives by providing them with a means to relive their youth. The writer's contempt for the house gives way first to acceptance, then to regular visits. He finds his dreams and fantasies exposed before the brothel's elderly Madame, and embarks with her on an ethereal journey beyond sex and love.