Print Design Student Ellie Bennewith’s placement experience

Printed Textiles Student Ellie Bennewith offers us an insight into the experience she gained through the Industry Placement Module.

During my second year I was exposed to multitude of exciting roles within the textile industry. Two roles that I’ve explored within printed textiles were working with the team at Fairbairn and Wolf Studio (FWS) and designing in-house for a week with Blendworth Interiors.


I really enjoyed my time at FWS (a freelance studio based in Peckham) not only did I learn a lot about the industry but I learnt what it’s like to be part of a design team and create relationships with other designers. My week at Blendworth Interiors was a completely different atmosphere because fashion is much faster than interiors. The pace was much slower, which, allowed designers to have more time to consider and create stories for each of their designs. I think I preferred the faster pace as FWS, it was ‘mental’ at times but I left the studio proud of what I had achieved. This has really helped me to discover which area of the textile industry I would like to go into. I think, before my placement, I was definitely leaning towards interiors but now I like the intensity of the fashion industry.

This experience has been invaluable to my development as a designer. On reflection, I have developed key skills that will make me more employable, such as, improving my CAD skills and developing a commercial hand on screen and paper. I built on my transferrable skills as I listened to feedback to improve my independent work but also experienced what it is like to work within a design team – an experience which cannot be replicated at university.

I’ve been exposed to experiences that can only happen on placement, like the preparation for tradeshows and getting to assist a client. Through working with FWS I’ve become more aware of culture impacting the concept of taste, as a result it has forced me to work out of my comfort zone and develop an awareness of how the textile industry works on a global scale.  This will have a significant impact on my studies when I enter my third year as I will recognise and be able to produce a cohesive collection demonstrating a variety of skills.

Before I started my placement, I had my reservations, I was afraid to start in a new environment with completely new people. But the experience was far better than I expected, I loved doing the Placement Module. After being in education all my life, it was a fantastic opportunity to try something different and have a taste of what life could be like after I graduate. For such a long time I convinced myself that all I wanted to do, once I left education, is travel around the world before the stress of getting a job. Since my placement, my opinion changed, the prospect of getting a job in an industry that I love is more exciting than travelling. Something I never thought I would say!!

Calling all Printed Textiles Graduates – Job opportunity: Freelance Print Designer

Lipsy Clothing. West London (W1T), W1T 3ND 
Date posted:19/06/2014

Here at Lipsy we are looking for a print designer (apparel) to join our design team on a freelance contract.

You will be working directly with the in house design team and will take briefs from them. The role will cover both the party range and the formal day collection working with both digital and screen print.

Lipsy is a fast paced design led brand, so we are looking for someone who can develop print collections and come up with creative ideas that follow the catwalk trends that compliment the fashion conscience Lipsy customer.


If this sounds like your next opportunity please send your CV and sample portfolio to

Reference: RetailChoice/PD/HO 

Calling all Textiles Level three students: Wanted: Design Assistant Marie-Chantal – London

Wanted: Design Assistant Marie-Chantal – London Marie-Chantal - London

To assist in delivering seasonal collections that drive sales and profits in line with the Brand values and strategy of Marie-Chantal.  Founded in 2001 by HRH Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Marie-Chantal is an international childrenswear brand offering clothing that celebrates the playfulness of childhood while also being stylish and contemporary styles that won’t date.

As a Design Assistant your main duties and responsibilities would include:

  • Thorough competitor analysis and use of forecasting websites provide market research to assist in the creation of mood boards, colour palettes, print and fabric ideas.
  • Assist in the creation of colour CAD sketches, using Adobe Illustrator, to support the production of the category and collection sheets.
  • Contribute towards seasonal design packs across girls, boys and baby, as briefed and overseen by the Design Manager.
  • Assist in the production of all over prints, embroideries and graphics.
  • Set up and maintain seasonal product style code sheets.
  • Enter all product data on to the collection sheets.
  • Assist the Design team in the initial set up of design spec sheets.
  • Assist the Design team with spec sheet and artwork amendments for production
  • Assist the Design team in updating and maintaining all digital and hard copy sketch sheets / artwork and Spec packs.
  • Assist Product Development and the Product team in preparing the SMS and showroom for Range review.
  • Create the seasonal Wholesale line books using InDesign.
  • Organise and maintain all product samples, fabrics, trims, buttons and yarn books.
  • Organise and manage all DHL packages to the factories.

Apply through LinkedIn:



Calling all Textile level three students – CAD designer wanted @Mirjam Rouden – London

Mirjam Rouden, a Textile print design studio, who produce artwork and sell the copyright internationally, predominantly to fashion brands are searching for a skilled in-house textiles CAD designer to rework artworks our clients have bought on request. This position only involves reworking print that have already been designed, i.e. not creating any artwork from scratch and not working from any design briefs. A visual judgement is however needed to be able to see if a repeat flows well or if recoloured artwork looks good.

Repeats, colour separations and recolouring.

Cleaning up hand made artworks on the computer and converting hand painted fabric into digital artworks ready for production.

Scanning in hand painted fabric on a large format scanner.

The position also involves some organisational and administrational tasks such as mounting and numbering designs and grouping and hanging up prints that have come back from sales trips.

At busy times you will also be working with our numerous interns to direct them and show them how to help with doing the CAD development works.

Not much training will be given. You will be expected to already know how to do repeats and colour separations and use your own methods. Have to be flexible with working hours and be able to stay late to finish off work at busy times.

Desired Skills and Experience:

-Adobe Creative Suite, Mac, Communication skills an advantage as the position involves some liaising with clients.

Regularly 48 hours working week. Salary depending on experience. 

Apply through LINKEDIN:

Wanted: Technical Design Assistant Paul Smith – London, United Kingdom

This sounds like a great graduate position, to support the design team for both our Fashion and Textiles students.

Primarily you will organise the production of approved prototypes for Menswear, liaising with Designers, Technical/Production Managers and factories. To provide and chase samples from manufacturing following the guidelines set by Paul Smith.PS_LOGOKey duties include: translating key design sketches into workable technical construction notes and diagrams; assisting in the research of trims; providing trim information of all styles for sampling and production; altering and updating technical construction details, providing an accurate record on each style; to attend prototype and sample fit sessions with Designers and Technical colleagues making accurate notes; to check garments returning from factories and approving samples prior to pre-production meetings; to organise any resampling of garments prior to grading and production and improving on any specific technical problems; maintaining complete support with factories throughout the production season; completing and reporting back on Quality/Audits as required.

Desired Skills and Experience:

The successful applicant will have a 2:1 degree in Textiles / Fashion Technology or equivalent practical attainment; advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office; credible technical experience in menswear; experience producing prototypes made to designer, pattern and factory requirements; proven technical understanding of product construction and materials, experience with shirting /outerwear is desirable; able to plan, organise and prioritise workload to meet set deadlines. This role requires flexibility over working hours and the ability to travel both within the U.K. & internationally. A full, current Driving Licence is essential for this role.

Download essential information pack before applying from the website, or request via e-mail from  

Applications should have full covering letter and CVstating current salary and Reference No: 9472 with work examples totalling no more than 10 pages by: 29th April 2014  to:



Idaho Design is a leading supplier of woven and printed fabrics for men’s neckwear and we are currently recruiting for a maternity contract position. ASSISTANT TEXTILE DESIGNER – MEN’S ACCESSORIES Maternity Contract 12 months plus

Idaho Design is a leading supplier of woven and printed fabrics for men’s neckwear and we are currently recruiting for a maternity contract position. We are looking for a talented recent graduate to join our friendly team as an Assistant Designer.

Our ideal candidate would have a relevant degree in Woven Textiles and would be available to start as soon as possible. The role of Assistant Designer would be to support the other in-house designers across our high street accounts and take responsibility for our corporate accounts. There will also be a fair amount of admin related tasks so this role would suit someone with excellent organisational skills. The key responsibilities would include researching trends, CAD design, design related admin, putting together trend boards, assisting with designing the ranges and liaising with factories and fabric mills.

Key Skills Required

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Trend Awareness
  • Excellent time management
  • Good print knowledge
  • Versatile design handwriting

This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate to gain experience in a fast paced design environment with the potential of taking on more responsibility as the role develops. If this role sounds right for you please email a CV and a few jpegs of your work to


Recruiting an assistant role, with a woven textile background. The spec is as follows: Merchandising Executive

It is a not a pure design role, more an assistant role supoorting myself and my colleague.Responsibilities will include: Some design work, fittings, filing and general support.


Company: shirting manufacturer and our office is based in central London (Oxford Circus / Tottenham Court Rd tube). Looking for a WOVEN textile design graduate with a 2:1+ degree.

You need to be highly organised, an excellent communicator, dedicated, motivated and a fast learner. Please can you ask any interested graduates to submit their CVs to Caroline Potter, Merchandising Manager EMAIL:


Fashion Design and Print Graduates !!

Paid Fashion Design Assistant based in Bristol –  3 days per week


Role:   Womenswear  Fashion Design Assistant

Location:   Bristol 

Length:    Mid Jan to Mid April 2014 – 3 days per week (flexible with which days). Potential of future work too, so would be great if you are already based in the South West.

Pay:   £ 8 per hour

Deadline for application:   Ongoing

Contact:  Niki at    Title of email to be your name and intern 2014 e.g. John Smith Intern 2014. See further application details at the bottom of the page.

Work with a designer who has over 14 years industry experience and senior contacts at ASOS, Monsoon, White Stuff, Fat Face, Wallis, Phase Eight, Oliver Bonas etc.  The designer is also an illustrator and has worked with Cosmopolitan,  Look Mag, Glamour Mag, BBC Radio 1, River Island etc.

You will learn a lot  from this placement and strengthen your portfolio in a very short space of time. 

You may gain the following experience:

You will be working with me on SS15 doing catwalk and shop research, mood boards, colour analysis. You will then help me with embroidery and embellishment artworks as well as general admin, popping to the post office, filing etc. It is a varied and hands on role and so I need someone bright, talented, willing and hands on. A love of colour, textiles, print is a must as are strong Photoshop skills.

We are looking for: GRADUATES ONLY (fashion/textiles)

Application details:

CV to be saved as your name and CV e.g. JohnSmithCV and sent as a pdf or jpg

Please look at and send examples of relevant work, including examples of Photoshop presentation work AND hand-drawn designs. I want to see that you are bursting with ideas, so scans of sketchbooks etc would be good.

Please reduce images so the whole email is 8MB or less. Do not send over multiple emails or send links to Dropbox or YouSendIt etc as I will not open these I’m afraid.

Internship: Fashion Textiles Placement

Fancy a Fashion Textiles Placement/Internship @ Jacques Vert, London? See details below.

Closes: 10 January 2014

Ref: JVG8000

Location: Angel, North London

Recruiter: Jacques Vert
Category: DesignPrint & Textile Designer,Design AssistantGraduate
Job Type:Intern
Salary: £dependent on experience

The Role

  • Working across all eight brands the candidate will be required to re-colour prints, create new print designs and be able to put designs into simple repeat layouts. Design and create embellishments, jacquards and various fabric patterns.
  • Research and development of trends including key shapes, colour, print and fabric analysis, collate shop research.
  • Assist  with preparation of presentation materials including trend boards, brand room set-ups and range material when required.
  • Assist with all areas of administration related to the print design function including seasonal brand files and design cataloguing.
  • Support Design Director with design related administration and tasks.

The Candidate:

The candidate will need to be enrolled ideally on a degree course studying for a Printed fashion textile qualification.

We are looking for dynamism, flexibility and a strong understanding of fashion brands, along with passion, enthusiasm, the ability to work well under pressure and a creative portfolio. Essentially you will need to be a confident communicator and your portfolio should indicate strength in original feminine and sophisticated prints and textile designs.

  • Strong CAD photoshop(MAC) skills and ideally have some knowledge of powerpoint. We will give further training in both these programmes.
  • Competent hand-drawing/painting skills with a feminine fashion bias and an understanding of applique, embroidery and fabric manipulation.
  • A professional – ‘can-do’ attitude with a common sense approach to problem solving and a confident communicator both visually and verbally.
  • Be flexible and practical with task management and with an ability to work under pressure.
  • An enthusiastic individual happy to work in a strong team orientated environment.

Full Job Spec:

Let us know if you are applying – Good Luck!