Tellervo Syrjäkari

  • Costume Designer MA
  • Jyväskylä/Finland

Tellervo Syrjäkari, MA, graduated from Aalto University’s Department of Film, Television and Scenography in 2014. During her career as freelance costume designer, she has worked for a number of theatres in Finland, such as Theatre Jurkka, Unga Teatern, Theatre Takomo, Helsinki-, Oulu-, Rovaniemi-, Seinäjoki and Jyväskylä City Theatres. She has worked as a dresser and assistant costumer for such world-renowned artists as Prince, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Sir. Paul McCartney at their concerts in Helsinki. In addition, Syrjäkari has worked as theatre costume maker at the Finnish National Opera, The National Theatre and The Savonlinna Opera Festival. She gained a permanent costume designer's position at Jyväskylä City Theatre starting in November 2017.

" I have a strong intuition and I experience the world around me from a highly visual perspective. I have always been interested in people and I enjoy observing how people dress, how they carry themselves, how their beauty, as well as their ugliness, comes across through different contrasts and contradiction in their appearance. The costume designer does not only create ‘beautiful dresses’, her talent lies in creating all kinds of characters and personalities. I find costume design as the best way to actualize my own visions while contributing to the artistic team’s end result: the play.

Freedom and creativity are big part of my work. I enjoy the process of visualizing the characters in a play, which then leads to the actual costume worn by an actor on the stage. I have learned to trust the work process: the scenic view guides the costume designer through reading the script and working with the artistic team. I find collaboration and dialogue arising from the conversations within the artistic group extremely inspiring. The costume designer's work is always carried out in a tight interaction with others in the production team and this includes collecting ideas and developing the visual images for costumes.

I simply love theatre: living in a group, reading literature, creating different worlds and re-creating bygone eras with their specific visual characteristics. When making theatre, I get to live in the present moment, which is never the same. I love the inspiration and wisdom that theatre brings to my life."



2014 Master of Arts, Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture, Major in Costume Design

2007 Barchelor of Arts, University of Applied Sciences Mikkeli AMK, Major in Costume Design

2003 Artisan, School of Arts and Crafts IKATA

2022/09 Minna Canth, Sirkku Peltola, Heikki Salo, Matti Puurtinen: Griefless / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Jukka Keinonen / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2022/02 Seppo Parkkinen: The Last Man - Gothic Fiction of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker / COSTUME DESIGN Dir. Maiju Sallas / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2021/10 Anna Krogerus: 9 Good Reasons To Live / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Anssi Valtonen / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2021/09 - 2022/5 West Side Story - Costume Exhibition Jyväskylä City Theatre

2021/09: Jordi Galceran: El Crédit / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Anssi Valtonen / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2020/09 Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim: West Side Story / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Snoopi Siren / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2019/11 Timo Parvela: Ella and Paterock / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Katriina Honkanen / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2019/10 Lewis/Sayer/Shields: The Comedy About A Bank Robbery / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Snoopi Siren / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2019/09 Clément Michel: I Love u 2 / SET AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Liisa Mustonen / Helsinki City Theatre (Studio Pasila)

2019/01 Erlend Loe: Naive. Super / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Johanna Sorjonen / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2018/10-12 South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences / Department of fashion & Costume design / LECTURER: Costume design process & characterization

2018/09 Gerome Ragni & James Rado - Galt MacDermot: HAIR / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Sini Moila / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2018/03 Henrik Ståhl: Luser / SET AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Miikka Tuominen / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2017/10 Molière: L'Avare / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Kari-Pekka Toivonen / Oulu Theatre

2017/09 Tšehov: Three Sisters / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2017/09 Laura Gustafsson: Kikka Fan Club! / SET AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Sini Moila / Theatre Jurkka (Helsinki/Finland)

2017/09 Juhani Aho: The Railroad / COSTUME DESIGN, Dir. Heta Haanperä / Oulu Theatre

2016/09 Paula Vesala: ‘Couldn't breathe near you’ MUSIC VIDEO/ COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Silja Minkkinen / Warner Music Finland

2016/09 Sirkku Peltola: The Health Bar Opera / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Fiikka Forsman / Jyväskylä City Theatre

2016/04 Roald Dahl: Big Friendly Giant / SET DESIGN / Dir. Eljas Liinamaa and Pekka Ojalehto / Rovaniemi Theatre

2015/11 Liisa Mustonen: Mom’s Little Devil / SET- AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Liisa Mustonen / Theatre Takomo (Helsinki/Finland)

2015/09 Christian Lindroos: Musical Mushroom Adventure / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Christian Lindroos / Theatre For The Youth (Espoo/Finlan)

2015/05 Salla Viikka: A Hole / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Piia Peltola / Theatre Takomo (Helsinki/Finland)

2015/04 Eduard Uspenski: Uncle-Fedya, His Dog and His Cat / SET DESIGN / Dir. Seppo Honkonen / Rovaniemi Theatre

2014/04 Paula Vesala: Transfinlandia / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Piia Peltola / Media-center Lume (Helsinki/Finland)

2013/10 Terrence McNally: Frankie and Johnny / SET- AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Liisa Mustonen / Theatre Jurkka (Helsinki/Finland )

2013/02 H.C Andersen: Little Match Girl / COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Christian Lindroos / Seinäjoki City Theatre

2012/07 Hella Wuolijoki: Heta Niskavuori / SET- AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Liisa Mustonen / Rapio Theatre (Juva/Finland)

2012/01 State of Being Ready / SET- AND COSTUME DESIGN / Theatre Academy of Finland (Helsinki)

2012-2013 The Design of The Glamourdress ‘Lucy’ / Design Helsinki in Films -exhibition / Helsinki City Museum

2011/12 AVENUE A Agency: COSTUME DESIGN for promopictures / Dir. Heidi Lindén (Helsinki/Finland)

2010/06 Hanna Kirjavainen: Growing Machine / SET AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Hanna Kirjavainen / Rospuutto Group (Kontiolahti/Finland)

2009/04 Tennesee Williams: Glass Menagerie / SET AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Liisa Kuoppamäki / Finnish National Theatre (Helsinki)

2007/01 Sam Shepard: Fool For Love / SET AND COSTUME DESIGN / Dir. Liisa Kuoppamäki / Theatre Academy of Finland (Helsinki)

2015/10: DRESSER in a Film ‘Fall Prince’. Solar films Helsinki/Finland

2013/4/26 DRESSER (during the Helsinki consert): JUSTIN BIEBER, Believe Tour, Hartwall Arena, Helsinki/Finland

2011/12/12 Wardrobe assistant (during the Helsinki consert) for sir Paul McCARTNEY, On the Run Tour, Hartwall Arena, Helsinki/Finland

2011/8/11 Wardrobe assistant (during the Helsinki consert) for RIHANNA, Loud Tour Helsinki: Hietaniemi beach Helsinki/Finland

2011/7/21 Wardrobe assistant and dresser (during the Helsinki consert) for PRINCE, Europe Tour, Hartwall Arena, Helsinki/Finland

2012-2013: HEAD OF WARDROBE: Seinäjoki City Theatre/Finland

2011-2012: DRESS MAKER: National Theatre Finland

2011: WARDROBE ASSISTENT: Vaasa City Theatre /Finland

2009-2010: DRESS MAKER: National Opera Finland

2008: DRESS MAKER: Savonlinna Operafestival

2008: DRESSER in a Film ‘MANNERHEIM’, Solar films, Helsinki/Finland

2006: WARDROBE ASSISTENT: ‘Team AHMA’- TV series. Säihky Productions Helsinki/Finland

2006: WARDROBE ASSISTENT. ‘All is good’- TV series. Säihku Productions Helsinki/Finlanad

2005/summer : DRESS MAKER: Savonlinnan Opera festival

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