Career outlook for textile designer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would create designs and patterns for woven, knitted and printed fabrics used to make products such as clothes and furniture.
- Make sketches by hand or on computer, using computer aided design (CAD) software
- Adjust designs until they meet customers' requirements
- Make up samples or have them made by technicians
- Research design trends to decide what is likely to sell
- Work closely with colleagues as part of a design team
- Meet with clients and technical, marketing and buying staff
- Keep up to date with developments in manufacturing technology
You could work for a manufacturing, retail or design company. You could also choose to freelance.
As a freelance designer you would normally split your time between designing and marketing your work. You may also need to supplement your income with other types of work, such as teaching.
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