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Cabinet of Curiosity Studio was established in 2010 by costume designer/textile artist Caroline Collinge and architect Edmond Salter to work between the visual arts, new digital platforms and traditional disciplines of architectural and textile crafts.


Cabinet of Curiosity is named after ‘cabinets of curiosities’: the Renaissance ‘wonder rooms’ containing encyclopaedic collections of objects that would tell stories to communicate knowledge and amazement about the world. The company seeks to inspire curiosity through voyages of discovery that ignite the creative imagination.


We employ a combination of designer/maker techniques to create installations, exhibitions and objects which connect communities and participants to their cultural heritage and making. The making of quality visual art work that has involvement and input from the public through workshop engagement and participatory activities has become closely entwined to our practice and in some cases has been an integral element of the outcome. Collaborations have investigated hidden histories, stories, architecture, places and crafts, with the aim of engaging audiences in design and visual art. Our projects have been shown across the UK and internationally in a variety of settings that include museums, theatres, libraries, heritage sites, outdoor festivals, arts venues and public spaces.


We are specialists in the paper arts using paper materials and techniques to make installations, exhibitions, costumes and illustrations for a diversity of commissions at a variety of scales. Our abilities in architecture and design are supplemented by skills in consultation, digital fabrication, 3D models, visualisation, illustration, film making, animation and workshop delivery.




V & A Museum of Childhood // Southbank Centre // Thames Festival Trust // Architecture Foundation // Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture // British Council // The Roundhouse // Guildford Cathedral // RIBA // National Gallery London // The Bowes Museum // Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture // BRASS Durham International Festival // Latitude Festival // Northampton Museum // Silk Mill Museum Derby //  Festival of Thrift // Rochester Guildhall Museum // Chatham Historic Dockyard // National Trust // Enchanted Parks //