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Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Role: Costume Design
Categories: Christmas Carol Creative Team

Blyth Credits: The Donnellys: A Trilogy, Drawer Boy, Jewel, Huron County Christmas Carol, Wing Night at the Boot, Kitchen Radio, Billy, Bishop Goes to War, Innocence Lost, Against the Grain, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Queen Milli of Galt, Schoolhouse, The Thirteenth One, Test Drive, Overboard!, Barndance Live!

What a joy to be able to dress these quirky, Huron County Christmas Carol characters again! They are some of Jennifer’s favourite designs. Jennifer has been fascinated with the language of clothes since she was a teenager and the study of clothing is her passion. She is a designer, educator, creator and purveyor of costume and fashion. She has designed 18 Blyth productions for the Blyth Festival, including The Donnellys: A Trilogy this past summer. Jennifer is the owner of Pick a Posie Vintage – just down the street at the corner of Wellington and Queen. Drop by for a visit!

As a free-lance costume designer Jennifer has created costumes for over 175 theatre, dance and opera productions across Ontario. She has spent over 13 seasons at the Blyth Festival as a costume designer. She is known for her attention to detail and for collaborating on new works. 

Jennifer holds a BFA in Theatre Production and Design from York University and an MA Fashion from Ryerson University. She has worked as part-time faculty for various university departments including the Toronto Metropolitan School of Fashion and School of Performance, and York University Theatre and Dance Departments. She has developed curriculum and taught courses in costume design, fashion design, pattern making, draping, construction, millinery, corsetry, accessories, specialty building, painting and dyeing.

Jennifer has enjoyed working with several museums in the province including the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate and the Huron County Museum. She has presented at ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Costume, Fashion and Textiles.

Jennifer owns and manages two different social enterprises in Blyth Ontario. Pick a Posie Vintage is a second-hand costume, vintage and eclectic fashion shop that offers one of a kind pieces as well as custom design services. The Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles Studio (FACTS) is innovative and educational fibre and textile arts hub that offers classes and workshops at both the community and professional level. Jennifer grows a dye garden on her property that she uses to  dye clothing, accessories and yarn with. Visit Pick a Posie Vintage and the dye gardens at 345 Queen Street in Blyth, at the corner of Queen and Wellington.


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