Textile Designer Portfolio // Your Textile Design Portfolio MUST HAVES!!

Textile Designer Portfolio // Your Textile Design Portfolio MUST HAVES!!

September 11, 2019 1 By Bernardo Ryan


what is up everyone I’m Lauren with
Lauren Lesley studio welcome back to my channel! so today I’m going to tell you
all about how to develop an amazing textile design portfolio are you ready
let’s dive in all right so my first tip is going to be having a website versus a
physical book now in today’s world it is 2019 soon-to-be 2020 and in today’s
world you definitely still need both any art director interviewing you will
expect you to have a both a website and a physical book and I think you can have
both collections on there on your website you can use a site like
Squarespace or WordPress or wicks or Shopify there’s loads of different
hosting sites that are really really great and you can embed your Instagram
if you use your Instagram for your artwork in your textile design but just
make sure it is more on the professional side if you’re going to display that on
your website you can also use a blog as as a way of posting new work so that’s
all really great things for art directors to see now you are still going
to need a actual book as well now you can buy a portfolio kind of like this at
any art supply store really this is called the art Pro folio very nice and
it comes with just these little pockets you want to make sure to include your CV
aka your resume business cards if you have them and then of course you can add
your artwork in these little pages and you want to definitely group your work
into collections here which we’ll get to in just a minute but when you’re coming
into your interview your art director or interviewer will expect you to have a
physical book as well so make sure that you have both
now my second tip is to actually research the company before you go in
and adjust your portfolio according to whatever type of company it is
especially if you’re not niche down already and you’re not kind of staying
in the same industry but you’re maybe interviewing in a few different kinds of
industries that you might be interested in more than one because of course
you’re gonna research the company before you interview as much as you can that’s
always good practice but you should also adjust your portfolio to really fit
their needs I mean this is your chance for the company and the art director to
actually see you working there so if they can actually see work that they
would be like oh that would be perfect for this project or that project I mean
the more you can just make it foolproof and really show them how your work could
fit for their company the better chances you’re gonna have it getting the job so
my third tip is to create three to five at different collections within your
portfolio I really recommend creating collections
which could be a group of either three to really ten designs it really just
depends on how much work you have but you want to create a story for each
collection so when you go in to present your portfolio you actually have
something to say you want to practice your pitch you want to open your
portfolio with confidence and say this is the floral collection that I did it’s
based on this type of inspiration this is the type of product I see it working
on and this is kind of my creative process you just you want to have
something to say you don’t want to just open your portfolio and be like uh here
like I don’t know what to say about it like no like you need to be able to with
confidence pitch your portfolio and to really show that you are the best
designer for their company and for this role so another great practice is to
actually show your color palette underneath your design when you are
showing your portfolio this is a great way for your the art director to really
understand how you think about color and how you
fly it in your design color is such a huge part of design and colors are very
specific and kind of niche down to different industries and so basically if
you’re working in home decor usually you’re going to you know kind of soften
your color palette a bit maybe use a little bit of duller colors very livable
colors that would be really amazing for an art director to see and of course
they’re gonna be able to see your design and see your colorway but if you add
little color chips or little color swatches underneath your design it
really just helps spell it out for the art director how you really think about
color and interpret color in your design work so my fifth tip is to actually put
your design work into mock-ups or if you have examples of like a final product
then add the professional photos into your portfolio again you just want to
make it as easy as possible for the art director to really understand your
creative process and how you’re envisioning your designs your patterns
onto the end product so seeing the final product either a mock-up is fine if you
don’t have a final product but if you do you definitely want to show that as well
and that way the art director can just really see how you think about your
designs my sixth tip is to show your process our directors want to see how
you actually think through your creative process so if you have initial sketches
or maybe thumbnails again it needs to relate it to the actual collection that
you’re presenting so it would be great to bring in sketches or thumbnails or
even just initial designs and kind of show them how you got from the initial
design to the final design and how you tweaked it how you made revisions and
how you made edits to that design to really bring it into its final beauty so
art directors just want to see how you’re going to think how you’re going
to go about that process so that they can really understand you as a designer
and how you would fit into their team my seventh tip is to actually present
commercial work so if he makes our art director is going
through your portfolio and they’re like oh well that’s really nice but it has
more of a fine art feel they may appreciate it as being really beautiful
or really cool but they may be thinking I don’t know how we would use that or as
designer only going to be you know doing her own style in her own little head is
she going to be able to interpret projects in the right way for our
customers because at the end of the day your design work when you’re in a job is
not about you it’s about a customer and who’s going to end up buying it so the
art director really needs to see that you can think commercially and have a
commercial brain so you want to show commercial work in your portfolio again
this is your opportunity in your one chance to really prove yourself as the
right fit for this company and that you can actually do the work so again show
commercial work show work that can be functional and usable and actually in a
retail space or e-commerce site so either one of those is a great
application but you know don’t just show your fine art or you know your self
reflection or your self portrait type of patterns that’s cool and everything but
you know it’s it’s okay maybe to have one or two but really the breadth of
your work you need to be able to show that you can work commercially all right
now you may be thinking okay oh that’s great Lauren but I’m just starting out
and I don’t even have a portfolio or a body of work to show well I feel your
pain and I want to let you know that I used to be in graphic design I did not
major in textile design in college but I decided or realize that textile design
was what I actually wanted to do with my life but I already went to college I was
already paying student loans so then what do you do so I decided to actually
create a free training for you guys if you look down in the description you can
watch the free training and I’m also offering a master class called textile
star so if you are more interested in actually very serious about changing
your career to textile design developing a portfolio getting an actual
job in the textile design field then I really encourage you to sign up for my
course textile star you will learn more about it in the free training and on my
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