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.


Monday, 23 July 2018


Throughout 2018 we will be leading a Heritage Lottery Funded Project in Medway looking at a unique aspect of life on the Home Front during the First World War: children's toys made during this era. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today. The World War 1 Paper Toys project will look at and consider the cultural heritage of Medway through paper toy models produced between 1914-1918. We are very excited at the opportunity to involve children and families in learning about this significant historical event through making toys that were originally made for and by children 100 years ago.
Upcoming activities include:


Guildhall museum, Rochester Thursday 9th & Thursday 16th August 10.30-12.30pm &

Strood Community Hall at Medway Archives Wednesday 19th & Wednesday 26th September 2.30-4.30pm


Visit one of our temporary pop-up exhibitions of paper toys to find out more about some of the paper toys from the era & see real examples of toys made in 1914-1918:

Guildhall museum
Rochester Medway Archives
Rochester Library

We will be posting further activities taking place across Medway on our websites. These include opportunities to take part in group research at Medway Archives September 2018.

This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund special grant programme ‘First World War – Then and Now’. 




We would like to thank Medway Arts Team,  Rochester Guildhall Museum, Medway Archives and Libraries for providing additional in-kind support of this project.

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Middlesex University students have made a documentary about Caroline's commission for the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture's Katagami in Practice project. The documentary, Caroline's film and paper costume will be exhibited in a forthcoming group exhibition at Asia House, London in April 2018. More information about the project can be found here:

Saturday, 3 February 2018


The original film footage has a golden hue

Experiments involved heightening the black and white contrast of the background and costumed body 
Pushing the colour within the film shot and adding noise effects brings this closer to the look I am after

Early moving picture involving Loie Fuller dance choreography 

I'm nearing the completion of my film for MoDA's Katagami in Practice project as the deadline for the exhibition submission of my work is not far off. It's been difficult to know where to start with editing the 30 minutes of footage from two cameras into a 3 minute 30 second film. To begin with, I've had to look through the choreography and narrow it down to the best sequence, which in itself has still resulted in 10 minutes of footage that needs to be edited down. I also set myself a brief: that of making a film that looks like one of the early moving pictures produced by people such as Edison. Edison Studios were responsible for some of the earliest films on camera. The early moving pictures were shot in black and white then were hand coloured to produce their luminous quality of light using saturated painted colour focused on the body and the costume. I've been experimenting with this effect within Adobe photoshop taking a screen shot from the original film and playing around with the colour and effects until I have achieved the desired look I am after for my film. I've also been putting together some initial titles for my film that use the katagami stencil I worked with on this project within the typography. The end result is surprisingly modern.

Typography that incorporates the katagami stencil I researched within this project