Artists Showcase Cathedral Colours

The contrasting Cathedral colours of blue and gold have come to life in intricate origami paper sculptures, as our People’s Cathedral Project resident artists fulfil their brief.

Guildford Cathedral is well known for the beauty of its light and lofty interior. But as visitors pay attention to the space, they discover a subtle and evocative colour scheme.

Textile artist Caroline Collinge and Architect Edmond Salter – who together make up The Cabinet Of Curiosity Studio – have used a vibrant colour palette to create geometric patterns using origami crease patterns of complex paper models.


The pair say their new techniques have been directly influenced by the design motifs and colour scheme used throughout the Cathedral.

They began their residence at Guildford Cathedral in October 2015 and it concludes at the end of March 2016.

Their collaboration – of architect and textile designer – echoes the creative partnership of the original creators of the Cathedral, Sir Edward and Prudence Maufe. While Sir Edward was the Cathedral’s architect, Prudence was an interior designer and director for Heal’s department store.

Caroline and Edmond have been working in the North Garth at Guildford Cathedral, exploring and researching the heritage of this iconic Grade II* listed building.

Caroline said: “The folds used within our models are ‘waterbomb’ folds. This is a traditional Japanese origami base fold that can be used to create very complex folded models. The architecture of the waterbomb folds is very reminiscent of the folded ceiling within the main Cathedral that gives the interior space a powerful presence.

She added: “The interior design aesthetic within the Cathedral seems to have been influenced by Prudence’s career as an interior designer and director for Heal’s department store. Heal’s company design philosophy was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement established by the iconoclastic Victorian designer and maker William Morris.

“One of the founding directors of Heal’s department store was Ambrose Heal. Heal joined the company in 1893 having completed an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker. Ambrose Heal believed in modernity and combined this functional aestheticism with a conviction that affordable furniture produced in large-scale workshops could still be of a good quality.

“Heal also firmly believed in the dictum advocated by William Morris, that everyone should, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ “

The Cathedral – with the subtle colours and detail in the kneelers, stained glass and other textiles – is open to visitors throughout the week and free of charge. The source of a wealth of stories, you can find further details here.

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