Freelance Textile Designer jobs

December 20, 2016
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Job Profile ImageTextile developers create styles for materials and fabrics which are utilized for clothes and also for stuff like bedding, curtains, rugs, rugs and paper-based services and products like wallpaper. The textiles might imprinted, woven or knitted and frequently have actually repeating patterns.

The Job

You will be:

  • investigating fashion styles for the following season – colours, designs and fabrics
  • taking into consideration the price and top-notch yarns, dyes and products
  • trying out different tints, textures and fabrics
  • producing designs, generally by computer-aided design (CAD) software but sporadically yourself, to demonstrate to customers
  • working together with specialists, making samples to exhibit design companies or specific clients
  • working to demands laid straight down by a maker
  • maintaining to date with brand-new designs and production practices, such as rotary and flat bed printing
  • specialising within one location, particularly clothing, furnishing materials or hand crafted textiles
  • attending trade events and researching brand-new fabrics and styles.


Pay prices differ, based on:

  • for which you work
  • the dimensions of business or organization you benefit
  • the demand for the job.

Starting wages for skilled textile developers in the united kingdom tend to be in the range of £15, 000 to £18, 000 per year. With knowledge this can increase to £20, 000 to £25, 000 a-year. Senior textile developers may earn £30, 000 to £40, 000 per year.

Some textile developers work freelance. They charge a cost, which differs depending on the work and their reputation. The greater known you will be, the greater amount of you'll charge.


  • You would be located in a workplace or studio.
  • It will cost considerable time working on a computer, designing and switching patterns.
  • It's also possible to spend some time in industrial facilities, with manufacturing staff, to oversee the task.
  • You may need to journey to fulfill style manufacturers, purchasers, manufacturing supervisors or specific clients.
  • You might also visit group meetings and trade fairs in the united kingdom or abroad.
  • You'd generally work regular hours, however may frequently have to work evenings and vacations to fulfill deadlines.

Getting Into

  • You frequently need a diploma in textile design, art and design or manner with a specialism in fabrics. It could also be possible to achieve entry with an increased nationwide Diploma (HND) in fabrics or fashion textiles.
  • Degree classes in Textiles, Fashion and Textiles and Design for Textiles are available at Edinburgh University (Edinburgh university of Art), Glasgow School of Art and Heriot-Watt University.
  • Glasgow Clyde College offers a joint degree in Textiles (specialising in Weave and Print) with Heriot-Watt University. Many years 1 and 2, resulting in an increased nationwide Diploma (HND), tend to be completed at Glasgow Clyde university, before transferring to Heriot-Watt for a long time 3 and 4 associated with the level.
  • For entry to an HND you need 1-3 Highers or another nationwide Certificate (NC) or National Qualification (NQ), for a diploma, generally 4-5 Highers, including English and Art and Design.
  • You also need a great profile of styles highly relevant to this course you intend to enter.
  • If you should be extremely gifted and also a very great profile, you can find into university or college without the required Highers.
  • You could begin by taking an NC or NQ (formal entry requirements are not always needed) or a Higher National Certificate (HNC) (2 Highers for entry) in similar subjects. This might get you employment, perhaps as a textile design associate, or lead onto an HND or degree.
  • You need good colour vision.

All programs to your four Scottish Art Colleges (Duncan of Jordanstone at Dundee University, Edinburgh College of Art at Edinburgh University, Glasgow School of Art and Gray's School of Art at Robert Gordoletter's) are through UCAS, with some courses having a closing time of fifteenth January among others obtaining the finishing day of 24th March.

Entry to this career can be very competitive. You could discover work with textile producers (which are primarily in the Northwest and Midlands of England therefore the Scottish Borders) or with professional design studios (primarily in London location). You may find tasks advertised in professional press.

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