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.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013


Documentation of performance from Spitalfields Market during the Christmas period with additional still photographs of further costume transformations. The origami costume's  design was based upon a shell structure that could be opened and closed to envelop the human body. The concept developed from the idea of physically creating a personal space for the body within the busy urban setting of a shopping precinct.
Collaboration with Dybwikdans and dancer Marie Ronold Mathison.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013



Photographs from a screen printing workshop with Xtina Lamb at Medway Fine Printmakers during which we tested the suitability of our illustrative designs for this printing process. The workshop provided us with an overview of the practicalities of screen printing. This will inform research and development we are currently undertaking towards the design and manufacture of a range of printed paper model kits that we hope to start selling soon.

Friday, 6 September 2013



Rivers of the World banners:

Tate Modern, Gabriel's Wharf  & Tower Bridge 

20 August-15 September 2013

Our final banners are on display along the River Thames for Rivers of the World: the Thames Festival's flagship art and education project. In partnership with the British Council's Connecting Classrooms, this creative project links over 2,000 young people around the world through common river themes.


Saturday, 24 August 2013


Saturday 18 August - Sunday 15 September 2013

Final artworks exhibited on the riverside walkways by The London Studios west of Oxo Tower Wharf, in front of Tate Modern and by Tower Bridge

For three weeks in August and September, London’s south bank riverside walkway is spectacularly transformed with giant works of art from 'Rivers of the World': a Thames Festival project delivered in partnership with the British Council's Connecting Classrooms.

Through 'Rivers of the World', pupils are encouraged to study their own river in the first year of partnership and their partner city's river in their second year of the project. Six river themes provide a framework to compare the rivers. The pupils’ findings provide inspiration for drawings, paintings, photographs and other media and a chosen design style helps to channel and focus creativity. Artists and designers help the class groups to scan and arrange their work through Photoshop. The aim is for the pupils to work together and for each class group to create a single and coherent artwork that integrates contributions from all the pupils in the class.

Here are the final banners created this year with four London schools:
Mount Carmel College, Chelsea Academy, Jo Richardson School and Sedgehill School.

Further details of the scheme: http://www.riversoftheworld.org/

Monday, 22 July 2013


At the weekend we finished an installation for the Southbank Centre and Jaybird Live Literature  London Lines: a project featuring poetry from all of London’s 33 boroughs, exhibited as part of Southbank Centre’s four-month long Festival of Neighbourhood which runs until 8 September. 
Members of the public were invited to come to Southbank Centre to write a memory, story, thought or idea about a London borough that meant something to them on special cards created by ourselves. The written cards were then used by the 22 poets as inspiration for their final poem, which was written overnight on Saturday. 
On Sunday all the cards and the final 33 poems were installed on The Clore Ballroom in a giant 3-D map of the city and there were live readings of the poems by the poets who participated in the project. Members of the public can walk through and explore the installation until midday Wednesday 24th July when the installation will be dismantled and the cards archived.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Get Connected: 

Saturday 20 July – Sunday 21 July

Poems inspired by London’s boroughs are popping up all over Southbank Centre. Come and see if you can find them and help us grow our poetry map.

Jaybird Live Literature and Southbank Centre have asked poets from London’s boroughs to come up with their own vision of this 21st-century capital city. Their poems have then been handed over to artists – muralists, film-makers, architects and more – who in turn have created their own visual interpretations. These artworks are being exhibited across Southbank Centre throughout the summer for London Lines programme for the Festival of Neighbourhood.

We will be building a giant poetry map of the city winding itself around the Clore Ballroom the weekend 20 July - 21 July. Members of the public will be invited to leave a thought or a memory of a London borough that they have a close connection to on a card to contribute to a paper installation that connects their neighbourhood. Poets connected to each of the London boroughs will compose poems based upon public participation, to be revealed Sunday 21st July.

Our design for this participatory installation  draws inspiration from designers Charles and Ray Eames who created a popular picture-card deck 'House of Cards' with six interlocking slots on each card that enable each player to build the house of cards of their dreams.

More details:  http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/london-lines-1000389

Wednesday, 29 May 2013


Had a fascinating day working with choreographer Siri Dybwik and dance artist Maria Hannevold  for a dance performance 'Between the Folds'.
The costume design brief was to create a transformable, wearable costume that could shift through different transitions and forms in response to the dancers body. As the audience will be watching the piece from the ground floor level and balconies, the costume had to be detailed yet also be able to extend beyond the dancer's body to take on a bigger presence. The final costume also had to be easily transportable as hand luggage.
I was amazed by the dynamism Siri and Maria found within the costume and there were moments within the choreography when the dual movement of body and costume was reminiscent of a Loie Fuller dance.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


A cut paper costume inspired by 'A Peepshow with Views of the Interior of a Dutch House' by Samuel van Hoogstraten, a Baroque optical box within the permanent collection of the National Gallery, London.

These photographs are from a recent shoot for 'Flight: Drawing Interpretations', a research project between London College of Fashion and National Gallery London. The performer is Li Lu, a Chinese virtuoso cellist, whose choreographed movements are derived from her actions and gestures when playing the cello. These images form part of a stop-motion animation that recomposes movement of the body and music.

Photographs by Daniel Caulfield-Srikland.

Friday, 3 May 2013


The dramatic architectural landscape of Stavenger Konserthus in Norway.
Initial research and development for a site-specific dance piece scheduled for June 2013 with choreographer Siri Dybwik and her company dybwikdans.