Experiencing the industry aspect of textiles design has been an eye opener for me this week. There are many things that you don’t weigh while designing in university that are such a large part of the working textiles industry, for instance the durability of a fabric in one to five years. There are specific standards that a fabric must adhere to or be so labeled, for example upholstery fabric for a public setting versus that for the interior of a home. I am only used to considering the design of the fabric rather than the structure and the specific use (i.e. indoor/outdoor use). There are also many other details that I had not thought to consider, such as the fire safety standards around the world. The UK had the highest and toughest standards, therefore when producing fabric, fabric produced for domestic and international consumption are not the same. Industry standards could make or break a project, severely impacting the way in which one is able to sell or market a item. Once I leave school and find a job, these thing will rule our process. The way we think and design an item will be set around these rules.
Once the fabric has passed all the tests and is ready for the marketing, you must have a stylist, photographer and location for your shoot, all with whom you must collaborate in order to achieve the best final result. I think the collaboration involved in making and marketing a final project/collection is vital and highly underrated. It really takes a team to make a single project come out in the best possible light.
Now, I realise that I have yet to name the studio/designer/s of the company that I was interning for, however this is because I would like to respect their privacy (and why there are no photos alongside this post) . For some smaller companies, it is important to keep their studios off of the internet and out of the public eye since it can be hard to control an image once it is on the internet. It’s easy to take an image off the internet and claim it as your own. Once it’s out there, all you can do is hope that people are nice and won’t pirate your image. The only real thing you can try to have a little control over is the release time of said image. It is for this reason that I have not posted any images. This is an issue that I was not aware of before starting this internship. It was a very eye-opening experience into a world into which I had not yet ventured and it will drastically improve the way that I look at my future collections and the things that I consider when designing them.