Thursday, 5 December 2013

Future Career...

Textile surface designing...

What does the job entail?
"Textile designers create designs for knitted, printed and woven textiles. These designs often feature repeating patterns. Textile design can include designing:
  • Textiles for clothing and accessories
  • Fabrics and furnishings
  • Printed, paper-based fabrics
Textile designers need to discuss, understand and interpret the needs, ideas and requirements of their customers accurately. They must consider how the textile will be used and therefore which properties it needs, before producing design ideas, sketches and samples for presentation for customers.
Salaries usually range from around £13,000 to £40,000 a year.

A textile designer should:
  • Be artistic, creative and able to draw
  • Have an eye for colour, texture and pattern and have good attention to detail
  • Understand the properties of different materials and dyes and the production processes of textiles
  • have knowledge of the market and be able to predict new trends.
Employers include companies that produce clothing, soft furnishings and other textile-based products, design studios and consultancies. There is an intense competition for vacancies. People looking for work usually need to undertake relevant paid or unpaid work experience and build up a list of contacts in the industry. Many textile designers work on a freelance basis.

There are no formal entry requirements to become a textile designer. However, most people enter through one of two main routes. Some begin as a machinist or cutter and progress to textile designer. More usually, entry is after completing a relevant HNC/HND or degree in design. Postgraduate qualifications are also available. Course admission tutors and employers expect to see a portfolio of design work."

Is it for me?
My aim for the future is to be involved in the textile industry wether it is making or designing, I feel this career would strongly suit my ambitions.


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