The duties and responsibilities of textile designer include provides sets of sample designs, converse with clients to enhance lines of textiles and design, suggest to clients the what kind of yarns or fiber to be utilize, sketch designs using computer graph design or CAD software, choose the designs and color for making the fabric, paint designs for printing, give orders to machine technicians to assemble machines in a detail way, note down the technical information, suchlike dimension and types of yarn in order to estimate the cost of fabrics and explore the textile market for upcoming fashion movement or trends.
The required skills and personal qualities of textile designers include knowledge how to draw or sketch, creative, artistic; have an eye for texture, color and pattern; abilities in different materials, colors, marketing and the production procedures of textiles; able to forecast new styles or trends, communication and organizational skills, strong problem solving abilities or expertise, know how to limit the budget, knowledge in technologies like computer program (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD software) and digital textile printing, and be able to work under pressure to meet the deadlines.
Other textile designer opportunities career for employment includes textile product designers, textile artists, production managers, self managing textile designers, small business operators, graphic designer, fashion designer and interior designer or photographer. Salary of most textile designer particularly in UK ranges from $30,000 to $55,000 per year. But it also depends by the employer, area of the country, duties, projects and level of expertise.
The required education for textile designer is either 4 year college course or 2 year associates course in textile design or related field. Training is normally obtained on the job. Art colleges and universities in all over the UK are offered design courses such as textile design, module on fabrics, fashion, soft furnishings, carpets and pattern.