Textile Designer

Textile Designer 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 Fields Are:

  • interiors (upholstery, Soft Furnishings And Carpets);
  • fabrics For Clothing (fashion Or Specialist, E.g. Fire-proof).

Textile Designers May Also Work In Associated Industry Functions, For Example, Designing Wrapping Paper, Packaging, Greetings Cards And Ceramics.


Textile Designer Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • liaising with clients and technical, marketing and buying staff to plan and develop designs;
  • accurately interpreting and representing clients' ideas;
  • producing sketches, worked-up 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 day-to-day business activities and maintaining websites.


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