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Textile Designer

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€18k > 42
Textile Designer
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(thousands per year)*
€18 - 42
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Create designs for printed, woven and knitted fabrics, carpets and wall-coverings


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Liz Christy
Textile Design/Handweaver

Liz Christy is a Textile Designer and Handweaver working near Castleblaney, Co Monaghan. After her Leaving Cert she completed a certificate in Visual Education and went on to get a National Diploma in Textile Design. She is now self employed, and operates her own studio, Swallow Studios, where she displays and sells her creations.

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Textile designers create designs, either by hand, or digitally, for woven, printed and knitted fabrics, carpets, wall coverings and soft furnishings. 

A designer's duties vary according to where they work. Designers who work for a small company may spend most of their time reworking traditional designs.  Large design companies usually employ a small team of designers who create original designs. However, these designs usually have to fit a particular house style or image. In some cases, companies buy designs from freelance designers and pass them to their own in-house designers to adapt them.  
 
Designers will probably spend most of their time at a drawing board in a design studio. Increasingly designers use computer-aided design (CAD) systems instead of traditional design materials such as pens, pencils and paints.  
 
When they have finished the design, they send it to a print laboratory where a sample can be made up and passed on to the design director to examine and comment on. Self-employed designer-craftworkers usually make their own samples. The designer may also be responsible for preparing colour ways or swatches. These are small pieces or sections of the finished article that they can show to a buying team and retailers. These give everyone involved in the design process a better idea of the appearance and texture of the final product.

Most 3rd Level courses or apprenticeships are 3-4 years. 

Textile designers can work as in a range of manufacturing industries designing:

  • Clothing
  • Interior fabrics
  • Bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Backpacks
  • Tents
  • Boats and
  • Awnings.

Textile artist and designers can be self-employed or work as design consultants, lecturers and educators.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Remove defects in cloth by cutting and pulling out filling.

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Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine if machines need adjustment.

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Observe woven cloth to detect weaving defects.

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Thread yarn, thread, and fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines for weaving, knitting, or other processing.

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Examine looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects.

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Notify supervisors or repair staff of mechanical malfunctions.

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Set up, or set up and operate textile machines that perform textile processing and manufacturing operations such as winding, twisting, knitting, weaving, bonding, or stretching.

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Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.

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Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.

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Record information about work completed and machine settings.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Personnel and Human Resources: Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Although some designers are not directly involved in textile production, it is very important that you have technical knowledge of yarns and dyes, as well as manufacturing processes and limitations, as this will affect your designs. For example, some machines may not be able to reproduce a lot of colours, so you will be restricted to using just two or three colours.  
 
Designer-craft workers need practical craft skills to make up their designs.  
 
Designers will also need to be able to use  
computer-aided design (CAD) software packages in their work.


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Go..Clothing/textile technologist - from: GradIreland
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Go..Textiles Production Manager - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 77 61804
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Organisation: Institute of Designers in Ireland
Address: The Digital Hub, Roe Lane, Thomas St., Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 489 3650
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Organisation: Irish Clothing and Textile Alliance (ICATA)
Address: Confederation House, 84-86 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1529/1580
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