Cabinet of Curiosity were commissioned to create artwork exploring the theme of ‘clean air’. Green House was an architectural installation that showcased contemporary fabrication techniques, materials that reduce toxicity in the home and a living environment of house plants that possess the most effective air cleaning properties.
In the nineteenth century, green spaces within urban environments were identified as the ‘lungs of the city’ due to their air purifying qualities. The design of Green House was inspired by Victorian garden architecture and Japanese design that was a significant influence on the arts and crafts movement of the Victorian era. Contemporary technology was used to laser cut wooden panels using a traditional Japanese textile pattern as a repeat motif on an architectural scale. The ‘paper’ roof used origami folding techniques to create a textile canopy that diffuses light for the living plants inside the Green House structure.
Cabinet of Curiosity Studio ran a number of paper craft workshops in Darlington with the support of Creative Darlington. These workshops gave participants the opportunity to contribute their paper cut designs of birds and flowers towards elements of the laser cut panels used within the Green House structure.
Thrilling making process and beautifully crafted outcome.
Stella Hall, Creative Director: Festival of Thrift.
Photography by Festival of Thrift, Creative Darlington + Cabinet of Curiosity Studio