Julia Triston Textiles

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book is launched!

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'Contemporary Appliqué' hit the shelves in August and is selling well.  The book features some fabulous work of both established makers and new designers who use the technique of appliqué in their textile artwork in exciting and innovative ways.  

'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.....accompanying the techniques is a wealth of examples of contemporary appliqué to inspire you. The authors are renowned for their thoughtful, creative but practical approach to teaching textiles, making this book suitable for beginners and established textile artists alike.'

If you would like to buy a signed copy from me (£19.99 plus p&p), please get in touch.

contemporary appliqué book

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'Contemporary Appliqué' is the title of my latest co-authored book.  It is due for publication in August 2014.  If you would like to pre-order a signed copy from me (£19.99 plus p&p), please get in touch!

knitting & stitching show

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Thanks to everyone who came to my workshops on Creative Bonding - they were all sold out!  Also thanks to everyone who came to say hello at our stand and who loaned work for this exciting show on the STITCHBUSINESS stand.

Funked up Fashion

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I am really excited to be launching Funked up Fashion in spring/summer 2012.  Building on my final collections for my MA in Contemporary Applied Arts (from which I graduated in November 2011 with a Distinction) I am making upcycled wearable art from sustainable sources.  My raw materials are second hand clothes (including underwear), reclaimed household linen, printed textiles and vintage lace - many bear the marks of previous wearers and tell stories of different identities.  Keep your eye on the following website for exclusive, bespoke accessories and collections which are original and quirky: www.funkedupfashion.com

my new book!

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My first book 'How to be Creative in Textile Art' has been published by Batsford Books.  This book, which I have co-authored with Rachel Lombard, is an ideal and key text for anyone studying textiles, and is the perfect resource for everyone interested in textile art who wants to be as creative as they can be.  It guides you through the whole creative process - from finding inspiration, gathering source materials, choosing a theme, developing original and creative designs, exploring traditional and contemporary fabrics and materials, right through to experimenting with a wide range of techniques and turning your own ideas into successful stitched textile art. You will love it!

Contact me if you would like a signed copy - £19.99 plus p&p.

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new designers 2011

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New Designers 2011

I'm exhibiting at 'New Designers 2011' this week (29 June to 2 July 2011).  For anyone in or near London the show is at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street N1.

This prestigious exhibition is a showcase for new graduate and postgraduate students to show the world what they can do.

This is my Artist Statement for the show

Julia Triston works with previously worn clothing (including underwear), and discarded household linen, to make ‘new’ wearable garments.  She deconstructs each item section by section – sometimes cutting each one right back to its joins, seams and ‘landmarks’.  Julia then rebuilds new forms around these frameworks by attaching, inserting and piecing printed fabrics, and details, fastenings and features from other garments (which often bear the mark of previous wearers) into the voids and spaces.

Other pieces are created from starting points of waistbands, bras, pockets or table linen, and are reconstructed around these; each piece reflects influential costume references in their silhouettes – from historical features in knickers and bustles, to more modern concepts of fashion as art.

Julia works with contrasting fabrics that reflect gender stereotypes - from fine, ‘feminine’ lace and underwear, to heavy, ‘masculine’ and battered denim – she produces new pieces wherein each original garment has a change of identity and function.  Properties of fabrics are exploited through cutting and shaping to create new structures with creative stretches, restrictions and tensions.


Made to be worn, Julia Triston’s creations are quirky, artistic and designed to make a statement.