: Job description
Textile designers create two-dimensional designs that can be used, often as a repeat design, in the production of knit, weave and printed fabrics or textile products.
Working in both industrial and non-industrial locations, they often specialise, or work in a specialist context, within the textile industry. The two major areas of textiles are:
interiors (upholstery, soft furnishings and carpets);
fabrics for clothing (fashion or specialist, e.g. fire-proof).
Many textile designers are self-employed, while others work as part of a design team.
Typical work activities
Day-to-day respnsibilities may include:
liaising with clients and technical, marketing and buying staff to plan and develop designs;
accurately interpreting and representing clients' ideas;
producing sketches, designs and samples for presentation to customers;
making up sets of sample designs;
working out design formulae for a group of samples;
assessing and approving completed items and production standards;
working independently, if self-employed, or liaising closely with colleagues as part of a small team;
using specialist software and computer-aided design (CAD) programs to develop a range of designs;
experimenting with colour, fabric and texture;
maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques and textile technology;
developing new design concepts;
ensuring that projects are completed on time;
visiting sites and other sources of ideas for designs;
sourcing fabrics and other materials at trade fairs, markets and antique shops;
attending trade shows, as a delegate or as an exhibitor - this may involve representing the company with a display or stand, or appraising the work of competitors;
keeping up to date and spotting fashion trends in fabric design by reading forecasts in trade magazines and using internet resources;
developing a network of business contacts;
if self-employed, managing marketing and public relations, finances and business administration and maintaining websites.
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Written by Gemma Halder, AGCAS
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