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Textile Designer

Textile designers produce ideas and designs for printed, woven or knitted textiles and many patterned surfaces.

Duties & Tasks
Textile designers may perform the following tasks:
  • design and produce original woven, knitted or printed fabrics
  • design fashion fabrics for clothing, including jackets, shoes, socks, jeans, hats, bags and lingerie
  • design fabrics for homeware items, including chairs, carpets, bed linen and tableware
  • design surface patterns for laminates, wallpaper, plastics, tiles, toys and packaging
  • make drawings of initial concepts and work with various yarns and fabrics
  • make decisions about colour, structure, surface pattern, weight and yarn composition, taking into account the final use of the fabric
  • translate designs into marketable fabrics
  • use computer-aided design (CAD) systems
  • inspect pre-production for colour and quality, and approve these or instruct changes to be made
  • produce finished artwork, storyboards and colourways (colour tone work)
  • prepare the dispatch of design specifications for production/end use
  • liaise with clients, sales staff, buyers and production team, while working to deadlines
  • research and gather information about the target market.
  • Working conditions
    Textile designers work within and alongside industries such as fashion, automotive, interior design and technical textiles. They may also work within a studio environment alongside other designers, or as freelance designers working with a client base.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy artistic and creative activities
  • good drawing and visualisation skills
  • able to understand and use colour
  • interested in pattern and surface decoration
  • creative and able to translate ideas into product
  • good communication skills
  • good problem-solving skills.
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