Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the V & A Museum of Childhood
CreativeWorks London supported Cabinet of Curiosity Studio in a short-term residency at the V & A Museum of Childhood to undertake a project 'Flat Sheet to Folded Form'. The Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence scheme was an AHRC-funded knowledge exchange programme that involved partnership with one of CreativeWorks London research partners.
Cabinet of Curiosity Studio undertook research into the V & A Museum of Childhood's Robert Freidus Architectural Toy Model Collection of over 140,000 paper models with academic partner Catherine Howell. The 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 the studio sought to uncover paper craft techniques that could be incorporated into Cabinet of Curiosity Studio’s existing skill set.
Via access to the Robert Freidus Collection, archival documentation of V & A Museum's 'Cut It Fold It Make It' exhibition of paper architectural toys and the museum's ‘Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House’ exhibition, the studio were able to uncover 19th and 20th century paper craft skills and explore the ways in which architectural models can communicate paper engineering techniques alongside narratives to the public.
Further information about the scheme can be found here: http://www.creativeworkslondon.org.uk/knowledge-exchange-programme/
CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE AT THE V & A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, 2014-2015, Cabinet of Curiosity Studio, Research
Images: V&A Museum
September 2014-March 2015