Creative Team | Adverse Camber


Paula Crutchlow

Paula Crutchlow is an independent artist and performance maker who has been working as a director and dramaturg with storytellers, musicians, dance artists and new writing projects for over twenty years. Alongside this, her work with artist collective Blind Ditch creates collaborative and unexpected happenings in everyday spaces; often using participatory approaches and digital media to engage publics as thinking citizens and active spectators. Paula is currently Artistic Adviser for Adverse Camber and is a board member of B-side multimedia arts festival. As a scholar and educator she was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Devon 2001-10, and is now an ESRC funded Doctoral Researcher in Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter.

Naomi Wilds

Naomi Wilds is an independent producer and literature specialist and founder of Adverse Camber productions.  She has produced seven national tours for Adverse Camber, including Fire in the North Sky which is the company’s first new co-commission, in association with venue and festival partners.   In 2009 Naomi was awarded a Producers Bursary from Arts Council England – East Midlands, enabling research on storytelling traditions in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.  Naomi worked in literature development for the East Midlands Literature Network from 1999-2008.  Other recent producing, development and fundraising work includes Wirksworth Festival, Apples & Snakes, Signposts, South Yorkshire and East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Outi Karikivi

Outi Karikivi creates clothes combining natural and second-hand materials, using strong colours from an old period property in Porvoo, Finland. She dyes the silk, linen and lace herself. The clothes she has made for this are from dyed, old damast tablecloths (men’s shirts) and wrist warmers from recycled t-shirts.  She also combines second-hand materials with Finnish lamb’s wool, silk chiffon and/or linen, using old lace curtains and sheets from grandmother’s cottage. She makes clothe with respect for handicraft traditions and the individuality of the wearer.

I.K. Inha and Timo Väänänen

I. K. Inha’s photographs supported the sense of Finnish national identity which grew following publication of Kalevala, and which was explored by many artists across different disciplines, who were inspired by the source poems and songs.  His portfolio of over 200 photographs of the Karelian region, gathered on a five month trip funded by the Finnish Literature Society, are considered a national asset.  They are held by the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki.  His photographs offered a realistic observation of poverty, following a failed harvest in the region, and of life in remote villages of the Karelian wilderness while also conveying the essential dignity of the people.  We are able to show a selection of archive photographs by I.K.Inha (1865 – 1930) with kind permission of the Finnish Literature Society.

Contemporary Finnish landscape colour photography is by Timo Väänänen

Thanks to our Tour Technical Managers Matt Blackmore and Gethin Stacey.
Many thanks to Set One especially Steven Richardson for reproduction of I.K.Inha photography.