Cabinet of Curiosity Studio was established in 2008 by costume designer/textile artist Caroline Collinge and architect Edmond Salter. They are specialists in the paper arts using paper materials and techniques, including paper engineering, origami, collage and paper cuts, to make installations, exhibitions, costumes and illustrations for a diversity of commissions at a variety of scales. 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 in audiences curiosity through voyages of discovery that ignite the artistic imagination through creative play.
Caroline Collinge studied theatre design at Wimbledon College of Art and scenography for dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has designed for dance, opera, audio-visual performance and award winning films that have been shown internationally at festivals such as Cannes and Sundance. Caroline has also trained in writing. As a member of the Royal Court Theatre young writers' programme, under the tutoridge of playwrights David Eldridge (The Scandalous Lady W) and Simon Stephens (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), her writing was selected from competition for performance in the Jerwood Space at the Royal Court. She then gained further experience in writing and research through selection for a media training course at the BBC within their news department.
Edmond Salter studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), the Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art) and the barcelona School of Architecture (Spain) where he was tutored by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles. In addition to working with Caroline, Edmond continues to work in professional practice as a RIBA chartered architect. he has practical skills and experience in project management of built projects across London. He has undertaken research into new technologies for designing and making within architecture at the university of Cambridge that have involved collaborations with engineers and the public community culminating in his academic thesis that focused on the application of 3D printing within architecture. Edmond continues to explore new ways in which designers and makers can craft architecture by adapting digital fabrication technologies such as laser cutting and 3d printing.
Commissions, exhibitions + collaborations
The majority of projects have been carried out through open competition selection for public art commissions, residencies and exhibitions that have been advertised nationally. Caroline has also worked internationally on design collaborations within performance and film that have toured extensively throughout Europe and beyond. They also produce their own visual art projects. This has involved writing grant applications, identifying partners and project management in addition to project conception. People they have worked with include:
V & A Museum of Childhood // Southbank Centre // Thames Festival Trust // Architecture Foundation // British Council // The Roundhouse // Guildford Cathedral // RIBA // National Gallery London // Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture// BRASS Durham International Festival // Breakthru Films // Camberwell Arts Festival // Latitude Festival // Liege Opera House // Northampton Shoe Lounge // Dybwik Dans // Silk Mill Derby // Minnie Weisz Studio // SDNA // Rochester Guildhall Museum // Chatham Dockyard // national trust // Enchanted Parks // Transported // Middlesex University // uca