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.