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The Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence scheme supported Cabinet of Curiosity Studio in a short-term residency with one of CWL’s research partners. The programme made awards to 31 entrepreneurs across three rounds.


For our residency with the V & A Museum of Childhood research was undertaken of the museum’s collection the Robert Freidus Architectural Model Collection, a unique archive of over 140,000 paper models. Our aim was to investigate the educational value of architectural paper models, in particular, how they might be used to engage young people and families in creative design. In addition we sought to uncover paper craft techniques that could be incorporated into Cabinet of Curiosity Studio’s existing skill set.


Via access to Robert Freidus’s collection and the archive of the Cut It Fold It Make It exhibition we were able to uncover 19th and 20th century paper craft skills and explore how models can communicate paper engineering techniques and narratives to the public.  Furthermore, through our research the studio was able to assimilate a complex set of skills required for 19th century Pellerin model making.


Academic Partner: Catherine Howell, The V&A.


Images: V&A Museum.



Paper Architecture: flat sheet to folded form



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