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024 | CASE STUDY


Julia Triston MA Contemporary Applied Arts


I live in Co Durham, and run two businesses in Durham City. The first is Julia Triston Textiles with myself making, selling and exhibiting my work, I additionally teach, running workshops and artist residencies. Secondly, Stitchbusiness is a leading independent stitch school offering City & Guilds courses and master classes in stitched textiles.


My first degree was in business, but I have always stitched and been creative—and since graduating I have always worked in the arts. I wanted a professional arts qualification, and came to the University of Cumbria to study again.


I chose the University of Cumbria because Cumbria offered the ‘right course for me’ Cumbria is close enough for me to drive to once a week and I wanted to study on a part-time course that fitted in with my business commitments. I chose my particular course because it was the one best suited to my needs—where I have scope to develop my own ideas and to develop my future plans in the fashion/ textile/design world. The course has great resources, excellent support via tutorials and opportunities to exhibit and take part in shows and competitions that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about, or been able to apply for.


I find lack of time challenging! Trying to keep up with my ideas and keep pushing my work forwards in my very busy lifestyle is difficult. But this is the only way I can fit studying in, so although it is hard and challenging, it is still very worthwhile, and a great investment in my future career.


To read Julia’s full story visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/casestudies


I have been introduced to Linton Tweeds, and now sell their yarns in my studio. I have also had the chance to exhibit my work at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate in November 2010. I also took part in the NETS exhibition, at Lancaster in October 2010—an international exhibition organised by Angie Wyman of the University of Cumbria, in collaboration with a university in Finland and one in Australia. I also hope to be exhibiting at New Designers in London, 29 June–2 July 2011.


I would say to others thinking of taking this course—go for it!


It is important to make the most of every opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge, especially in today’s competitive job market. Although it is hard sometimes to fit the studying in, it is a great investment in your future.


I have just written a book, How to be Creative in Textile Arts, to be published in September 2011, and plan to write another. I want to exhibit my work at a higher level than previously, and take part in more international exhibitions. I also want Stitchbusiness to continue to grow and become internationally recognised.


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