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.
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.
- 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.