Julia Triston Textiles


Julia has developed a series of talks and lectures that she presents to specialist textile groups, guilds, and organisations across the country.  Practical workshops can be developed from all topics, and talks can be adapted for all ages and venues.

Below is a list of Julia’s talks, but if you would like a bespoke lecture, please contact her.

culture, colour & cloth

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

identity & intimacy

In this presentation Julia talks about her own journey in textiles, and her current investigation into the themes of identity and gender, deconstructivism and sustainability.  She explains about her choice and use of raw materials (second-hand clothing, old table linen, vintage lace, previously worn underwear) and illustrates how she transforms these into new artworks with changed identities.  Examples of Julia's 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 & 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 Julia interprets and applies deconstructivism to her own working practice and question how you can apply it to yours.  Practical examples of her deconstructed and reconstructed work will be shown alongside the talk.

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 Julia's 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. sweetie-face

contemporary appliqué

This illustrated presentation is based on Julia's 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.


For current fees and availability, please contact Julia.