Naomi GibbsCategory: Costumiers
Naomi is a Southsea-based costume designer, resident at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth since becoming an associate artist with the Creative Lab during 2016. She has enjoyed frequent projects as a freelancer with theatre and the music industry after engaging with the local community on behalf of the New Theatre Royal as a textile artist in 2010, with the ‘Living Memories’ project. It documented the Theatre’s history through the memories of its patrons. Since then, she has run various costume design, craft and textiles related workshops for school children and community groups through the theatre and local council’s art and cultural services.
Naomi continued her work at NTR with her involvement as an assistant costume designer, maker and wardrobe-mistress in their 2010 adaptation of Treasure Island and by costume designing four subsequent shows performed at NTR; ‘The Missing Years’, ‘Little Red and the Lonely Wolf’, ‘In Service to the True God’ by fellow Creative Lab associate Bernie Byrnes, and ‘Roses and Castles’ by Phil Underwood.
Outside of NTR, Naomi has a varied career which began a decade ago, managing and sewing for a bridal boutique and has much more recently included working with Stopgap Dance company as costume designer for ‘Moon Language’ which was performed at the Andover Lights. She has also worked with musician Adam Ant, a long term client, designing and creating new costumes for his band’s next tour of the USA.
One of Naomi’s current projects at New Theatre Royal is ongoing work towards restoring the boxes in the auditorium to their full Victorian style splendour, the interiors of which she has designed in accordance with the theatre’s history. Show-business aside, Naomi also undertakes private commissions to design and make all sorts of costumes and formal wear, including bespoke bridal-wear. Examples of her work can be found at www.societybelle.co.uk.