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 fabricsdesign fashion fabrics for clothing, including jackets, shoes, socks, jeans, hats, bags and lingeriedesign fabrics for homeware items, including chairs, carpets, bed linen and tablewaredesign surface patterns for laminates, wallpaper, plastics, tiles, toys and packagingmake drawings of initial concepts and work with various yarns and fabricsmake decisions about colour, structure, surface pattern, weight and yarn composition, taking into account the final use of the fabrictranslate designs into marketable fabricsuse computer-aided design (CAD) systemsinspect pre-production for colour and quality, and approve these or instruct changes to be madeproduce finished artwork, storyboards and colourways (colour tone work)prepare the dispatch of design specifications for production/end useliaise with clients, sales staff, buyers and production team, while working to deadlinesresearch 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.