Textile Designer | How to Become a Textile Designer + Get the Surface Design Career of Your DREAMS!
Textile Designer | How to Become a Textile Designer + Get the Surface Design Career of Your DREAMS!

Speaker 1: 00:04 Hey, what’s up, fools? I’m Lauren, the senior textile designer by
day, portrait illustrator by night behind the brand Lauren Lesley Studio. I’ve been in the textile industry for the
last six years and have designed home decor sold by Anthropologie, Target, Lulu and Georgia. And today I’m going to teach you these seven
essential steps to become a textile designer. Make sure to watch the whole video, like it. Leave a comment and of course subscribe to
my channel. Please. Let’s dive in. Hey, what’s up, fools. Learn here with Lauren Lesley Studio. And today we’re going to discuss the seven
major steps on how to become a textile designer. So the very first thing that you absolutely
need, which is pretty obvious, are the technical skills. You can’t become a designer unless you know
things like photoshop, illustrator, um, inkscape is free if you’re not able to afford the monthly
payment for illustrator or photoshop, right at first, you can try to start out on something
like inkscape. Speaker 1: 01:08 Um, I don’t personally believe
that traditional school is necessary. If you can go to a school that is offering
you a great scholarship, you should do that. But I would not go into crazy amount of debt
to become a designer, especially a textile designer. There are definitely like tons and tons of
tutorials on skillshare and Youtube. So I would first tackle that approach. Um, but you do definitely need to learn illustrator
and slash or photoshop before you start applying to be a textile designer. Uh, so definitely check that off the list. Step two, know who inspires you. So this is a big one because you can really
do any kind of style and you need to research designers like, or like Haley, I’m also, you
need to research retailers like target West Elm, Pottery Barn, and at home you really
need to be able to understand their brands so that when you’re developing your portfolio,
you have something to offer every type of look. Speaker 1: 02:10 Um, I think it’s really great
to have a range of styles and we’ll get into that in a minute. Also, you want to be able to research different
design blogs like design seeds and print and pattern block on blogspot. Um, now this is important because in any interview
you have, they’re going to ask how you get inspired to do your work. So you want to be able to answer this question
in great detail. Step three, you have to develop a bad ass
portfolio. This is the main major thing that you have
to do. If you want to land a job as a textile designer,
you can be cool as hell. You can get along with everyone. You can have the best outfit, you know, you
can feel prepared in every other way, but if your portfolio doesn’t totally kick ass,
you’re not to get the job. Speaker 1: 02:59 So this is, I would say,
the most important step and you want to make sure in your portfolio that you are showcasing
a range of different styles. So when you’re applying for a textile design
job, they’re going to be giving you different projects. They’re going to be giving you different looks
to develop within their line and they may also be giving you different customer projects. So you not only need to be able to show in
your portfolio that you understand how to develop a styles for different kinds of brands
like I just mentioned, target or pottery barn or west elm, so you need to understand retailer
brands and you also need to showcase a range of maybe your own style, which would also
cover a modern transitional. You want to maybe show some Bohemian looks,
uh, some geometrics and also florals. I would say those are the top five you definitely
want to showcase so that any employer knows, okay, like if I give her this project or this
project, she has it covered and she can do the work. Speaker 1: 04:00 Step four, understanding
constructions. Now I think that there’s a little bit of leeway
for this because I think that most employers understand that they are going to teach you
more about constructions. US That’s more specific to the work that they’re
doing and the products that they’re making. But I think it’s definitely can only. It can only help for you to have a basic understanding
of different constructions. So you want to understand handmade verses
machine made products, and if you’re not sure of how to approach that, this is when you’re
doing your research at different retailers, you know, go to west elm it, look at the tags,
see if it’s handmade or see if it’s machine made and try to start just developing an eye
for that. Um, you also want to know the different types
of weaves, like be able to tell cotton duck versus twill. Speaker 1: 04:46 Um, you want to understand
embellishments like beating or metallic prints. Um, you want to understand embroidery, like
different kinds of stitching. All of this is only gonna make you look like
a superstar in your interview for your textile design job. Okay, so step number five is know your fibers. So this is kind of another layer on top of
understanding constructions, but with that, you’re going to want to know the properties
of cotton and wool and polyester and polypropylene, nylon, olefin and pet. This is again, only gonna be icing on the
cake and could really be the defining moment where they would choose you over a different
candidate. Step six is apply for jobs. Um, I would really recommend landing a job
with a company before you try to go out on your own, only because you learn so, so, so
much on the job and they’re paying you to learn. Speaker 1: 05:42 Whereas when you are going
to school, you’re paying them to learn. So you know, I mean you want to have these
basic skills to be able to interview at all in the first place, but you’re only gonna
learn so, so, so much on the job. So I would say apply for jobs even if you
only do it for a year and then you want to eventually have your own or work for yourself
or have your own business. Definitely. I would say my opinion is to work for someone
else first. That will really give you a big understanding. So apply on Linkedin. That’s how I got my first textile design job
and I did not have a background in textiles. I was a studio art major in school and I had
worked for a tee shirt company as a graphic designer before this. But I worked on my portfolio. Speaker 1: 06:23 I knew photoshop and illustrator,
I had all of these basic skills and because I worked on my portfolio and I was able to
show them, hey look, I can design patterns and you know, all of this, I got the job,
so definitely apply, like don’t be scared to apply. Apply on Linkedin, indeed.com. Go to networking events in your area and if
all of that isn’t really getting you where you want to go, I would also hire a recruiter
in step seven. This might come a little bit hard for some
of you, but you have to be willing to move. If you’re going to take that first job that
you know is an opportunity that they’re giving you, that’s your green light. That’s your doorway. I say, look, you have to be willing to move
in order to follow your dreams sometimes. And again, it doesn’t have to be permanent. Speaker 1: 07:08 Um, I left my boyfriend and
my home in South Carolina to pursue a job in Atlanta. And actually it wasn’t even in Atlanta. It was an hour outside of Atlanta, kind of
in the middle of nowhere. So, I mean, I had to literally like really
make a sacrifice by leaving everything behind, driving an hour one way to work and I did
that for four years and look where I am now. So you have to be willing to make some sacrifices
in order to, you know, really pursue your dreams as a textile designer. Um, and again, it’s like it doesn’t have to
be permanent. I told myself, hey, if I, if it doesn’t work
out, I can always move back to South Carolina. So if you are in a relationship or something
like that, I just hope that you’re a partner would understand that hey, it’s not forever,
it’s temporary, but it’s something that you need to be able to do to get to where you
want to go. Um, so definitely I would say you have to
be willing to move. That’s only going to push you further faster. Alright guys, thank you so much
Speaker 2: 08:05 for watching. Speaker 1: 08:09 Hey, thank you so much for
watching and make sure to catch the next video coming up. And if you like this video, please hit the
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design career. All right, see you in the next video.

16 thoughts on “Textile Designer | How to Become a Textile Designer + Get the Surface Design Career of Your DREAMS!”

  1. Lauren Lesley says:

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  2. norman baker says:


  3. moises duke says:

    whts up fools …..

  4. Marcia Patrice Ganeles-Kislik says:

    great advice. . . nice to hear your inspiring story.

  5. Laura K. Aiken says:

    You are getting better with every video!

  6. Ralina Ahmetova says:

    Hi Lauren, thank you so much for this Video, you really inspire me and your Energy is so strong and encouraging! <3

  7. lillovebuglily says:

    Could you show us your portfolio? I graduated with a degree in textile design in May and the big job hunt is getting really disheartening

  8. Genny Yustika says:

    I like ur video, thank u for sharing!

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  10. Nancy Spicer says:

    thank you very much for your knowledge. Currently, I am unable to work outside of the home because of a brain disability but so I am working creativly around my curcumstace.

  11. John Jarvis says:

    Am too old to become a textile designer now, but your tutorial is excellent and inspirational. Thanks for sharing. Have subscribed. (Diane J)

  12. Optimistic Olive says:

    I'm just getting started in learning surface design but I'm glad I found your channel. Lots to learn but I'm excited. This will be a new chapter in my life with a lot of practice. I love how you encourage others to follow their dreams 🙂

  13. Chris Pop says:

    thanks love

  14. Guetta di Pano says:

    Hi! Lauren! Thanks I like the way you tell your history. I´m trying to get a jog in Canadá or London, but it´s too difucult to a company sponsor, so what can you suggest?

  15. Samina Khadam says:

    Great video thankxx

  16. Buddhini Kanchana Ekanayake says:

    thank you for all the advice.

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