Julia Triston

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Publications

Contemporary Appliqué

co-authored, published by Batsford, 2014

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This impressive book takes a fresh look at the world of appliqué and surface embellishment, showing you how to develop distinctive and individual designs, create exciting compositions and use unusual combinations of materials. It covers the traditional variations, including bonded appliqué, broderie perse, cutaway appliqué and mola work, and explains how these standard techniques can be developed to give exciting results in your own textile work, in both hand and machine embroidery. Accompanying the description of techniques is a wealth of beautiful imagery and examples of contemporary appliqué to inspire you from both new designers and established artists from around the world.

The book is £19.99, plus P&P; please email me if you would like a signed copy.

How to be Creative in Textile Art

co-authored, published by Batsford, 2011

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Do you ever ask yourself how can I be more creative? Or do you ever wish that you had the tools and confidence to develop exciting textile work that expresses your own creativity? If so, this inspiring book is for you. Whether you are a complete beginner, accomplished embroiderer, student or teacher, it will boost your skills, confidence and enthusiasm. Packed with ideas, suggestions, tips and techniques, it demystifies the whole process of developing and creating your own designs and stitched textiles. Discover how to find inspiration, gather source materials and choose a theme; develop original and creative designs using established elements and principles; explore traditional and contemporary fabrics and materials; experiment with a wide range of key techniques in hand and machine stitch; and turn your own ideas into successful stitched textile art. This book is the perfect resource for everyone interested in textile art who wants to be as creative as they can be.

The book is £19.99, plus P&P; please email me if you would like a signed copy.

Courses and workshops

These workshops can be run over one, two or three days. For details of fees and availability please email me.

Rip it up and start again

This workshop will explore identity and the memories that previously used/worn textiles can hold. You will deconstruct some functional textiles and reconstruct them into a new ‘assemblage’, with a changed identity. You may choose to complete one small piece on the day, or produce a series of samples that can be developed at a later date.

Lacebook

In this workshop you will use lace as a source of inspiration to develop prints, patterns and layered compositions after examining the structure and detail of this delicate fabric. You will interpret the surface detail into textured collages
in paper and fabric to create a collection of small pages and samples to display in a sketchbook.

Being creative: it’s over to you

If you are looking for ways to develop your own stitched textiles, or want to try something new but don’t know how to start, this is the workshop for you! Bring your own ideas and sources of inspiration for discussion and find out how to develop a design from scratch, keep an exciting sketchbook, create a series of samples and make a cohesive composition from your theme.  Spend the day working individually in a supportive and creative group to move your work forwards and leave with renewed passion for your own textile art.

Contemporary Appliqué

Appliqué is a versatile technique and a creative way to upcycle preworn clothing, old embroideries, vintage fabrics and discarded household linen. Giving new life to old textiles is an ethical and sustainable way of working, and is gaining popularity in textile art. Come and take a fresh look at the wealth of contemporary appliqué techniques and learn about distinctive and innovative ways to apply one cloth to the surface of another.

All stitched up

Take your machine where it has never been before!  Explore the wonders of the stitches and techniques of free machine embroidery, and extend your skills to build raised surfaces and textured fabrics by using your materials and sewing machine in innovative ways. Fill a sketchbook with a series of small samples that you can use for technical reference and design inspiration time and time again.

It’s all about the Colour

Through class discussions and practical exercises in mixed media, we will investigate the properties of colour, explore the relationships of colours to each other, analyze colour proportions and distinctions, investigate tone and shape, build patterns and examine composition for stitch. Several exercises will be undertaken to create a series of samples, worked from your own colourful sources of inspiration.

Talks and lectures

I give talks and lectures to specialist textile and Embroiderers’ Guild groups around the country – see the list of topics below. Please email me for details of fees and availability.

Identity and Intimacy

In this presentation I talk about my own journey in textiles, and my current investigation into the themes of identity and gender, deconstructivism and sustainability. I explain about my choice and use of raw materials (second-hand clothing, old table linen, vintage lace, previously worn underwear) and illustrate how I transform these into new artworks with changed identities. Examples of my current work and sketchbooks will be available to view alongside the talk.

Upcycled cloth: the journey of a garment

Upcycling old clothing to make new artworks or wearable pieces is not an original idea, but in the current economic climate, as we are all more aware of the sustainability issues within our environments, it is considered to be a more ethical way of working. Making new from old is exciting and many original artworks have been created this way. This illustrated presentation will take you on a journey of the transformation of garments, from eco fashion to seminal art installations.

Rip it up and start again

This talk focuses on the concept and idea of deconstructivism and its relevance and importance for textiles, embroidery and fashion. Through a stimulating illustrated talk, the importance of this process will be explained. You will see how I interpret and apply deconstructivism to my own working practice and question how you can apply it to yours. Practical examples of my deconstructed and reconstructed work will be shown alongside the talk.

Culture, Colour and Cloth

I am a keen traveller, picking up textiles and embroidery techniques along my walks and tours throughout the world. In this presentation, from the Banjara embroidery traditions of India to the folklore embedded in Inca weavings, I show that through colour and cloth there is a common thread that links us all. Items from my collections will be available to view, handle and even try on.

How to be Creative in Textile Art

Many embroiderers and textile artists are confident about their skills in stitch and construction techniques, but not so confident when it comes to creating a design from scratch or making a cohesive composition. Based on my first book (‘How to be Creative in Textile Art’), this informative talk will outline the process of finding inspiration, choosing themes, gathering source materials, developing designs, keeping sketchbooks, making samples and creating your own finished pieces. This creative process is important to follow if you want to turn your own ideas into successfully stitched textile art.

Contemporary Appliqué

This illustrated presentation is based on my second book (‘Contemporary Appliqué’) and investigates the historical and cultural aspects of the classic embroidery technique of appliqué. Through the exciting and colourful images, you will be encouraged to take a fresh look at how the method of applying one cloth to the surface of another is interpreted throughout the world today. Many samples and styles of contemporary appliqué will be shown, and the true scope and versatility of this technique – from Mola to Broderie Perse – will be explained. The talk offers a great opportunity for you to gain many ideas of how to push the boundaries and apply this style of surface embellishment to your own work.

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About the artist

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  • Work by Julia Triston
  • Work by Julia Triston
  • Work by Julia Triston
  • Work by Julia Triston
  • Work by Julia Triston