Careers in Textiles
Textile Product Developers and Designers
- Who designs the floral print on your dress or the teacup print on your bathrobe?
- Who determines the colors for a pattern or print?
- Who determines how designs can be applied to a fabric?
Some of the people responsible for these activities are Textile Designers, Textile Stylists and Textile Colorists.
The creative force behind textile design is the Textile Designer.
- Creates original designs for the fabrics used in all sorts of industries.
- They can be surface designers, knitters, weavers or embroiderers.
- Most utilize computer-aided design (CAD) software.
The Assistant Textile Designer works with the textile designer.
Textile Stylists and Colorists
A Textile Stylist is the creative person who modifies existing textile goods.
- Alters patterns or prints that have been successful on the retail floor to turn them into fresh, new products.
- May develop color alternatives.
A Textile Colorist chooses the color combinations that will be used in creating designs.
- Colorists frequently travel to fashion markets.
- Are members of color-forecasting organizations to stay on top of current and future color trends.
Textile Designer, Stylist, and Colorist responsibilities include
- Interacting with customers to understand their needs and interpret their ideas.
- Collaborating with marketing, buying and technical staff members.
- Understanding how textiles will be used, and what properties textiles need to function optimally.
- Conducting research for ideas and inspiration.
- Experimenting with texture and pattern.
- Producing ideas, sketches and samples.
- Staying on top of new design and production processes.
- A bachelor’s degree in textiles, visual arts, computer-aided design, graphic design, fashion design or a related discipline.
- Entry-level design positions are available to new college graduates.
- Additional experience in technical design, color and CAD will enable upward movement.
- Computer skills
- Strong visual sense for color, texture and pattern
- Creative personality
- Knowledge of how textiles are produced as well as an understanding of sewing, knitting, weaving and embroidery
- An awareness of fashion trends
- Knowledge of the target consumer