Make the Most of Being a Freelance Designer
There is something so liberating about working for yourself. You set your own rules, all your profits go straight to you and you have the freedom to do what you want to do. This very much the same when you take the step to becoming a freelance designer. Diving into the world of textile designs as a freelancer can be very exciting but it also can be daunting. Whether you want to make a full time career out of designing or just looking to make a little money on the side, being a freelance textile designer can be such a rewarding path to take but just because you are freelancing, it does not mean that you have to take on everything all by yourself. It can be a lonely place freelancing, but there are ways to help you find your feet. That it is why it is important to take advantage of all the tools and resources available to ensure that not only are staying on top of what is going on in the world of fashion and design, but also so you are on the cutting edge. With Longina Phillips Designs, we offer a range of different resources for freelance designers, from trend reports to courses for foundational skills and everything in between to help you thrive in the world of textile designs.
Utilising Trend Reports
Depending on who you are working for, the knowledge of trends and the freedom you have with your textile designs may be at odds. Working for an established company, you may not have the freedom to design exactly your way or what you want, but through their money and resources, it is very likely that they have been able to conduct their own trend reports and dictate the focus based on their findings. This world of designing may suit some people but it also maybe a little limiting to others, which is why some designers are more inclined to go towards freelance textile designs. The downside here is that you may not have as much insight or the connections to get appropriate information and insights into what is coming into trend, which can mean that even though you may want to design prints that are on trend- by the time you have designed them and got them printed, the trend may have already gone, leaving you constantly playing catch up. That is why at Longina Phillips Designs we offer trend reports for sale, so those who want to stay in the know can plan for the seasons to come. Through our own research, our trend reports can often be valued in the thousands of dollars, but we offer them at affordable rates. Reports for both fashion and homewares, no matter what you use your textile designs for, by utilising trend reports you will be able to be ahead of the curve while maintaining your freedom of being a freelancer or working for yourself.
Trend Reports Subscriptions
Love the idea of purchasing trend reports at an affordable rate? Longina Phillips Designs knows just how useful these reports can be so instead of just selling one off bundles, we now are offering a trend reports subscription service for the trends in textile designs, season after season. Offering four tiers of subscription services, there is a level to suit your budget. Our Essentials level gives you twenty-four trend boards a year and colour palettes for every trend. You will also get one fortnightly mood board curated by our world-class director. If you are wanting a little more and have a bit more money to spend, then our second tier, the premium subscription gives you forty-eight trend boards, the inspiring colour palettes as well as two fortnightly mood boards. Our next level is the Pro level, which gives subscribers the two fortnightly mood boards along with two monthly swimwear reports. You will also get seventy-two trend boards and of course the colour palettes for each trend. Our highest-level subscription is called the Elite and it is the most popular subscription level. Not only do you get the two fortnightly mood boards, the inspiring colour palettes for every trend and the two monthly swimwear reports, you also receive quarterly one Runway Wrap that features key prints for Spring/Summer, Pre Fall, Fall/Winter and Pre Summer, each fortnight an issue of The Colour Scoop highlighting the best street style colour palettes, ninety-six trend boards and 60-80 Runway Wrap pages per year. All our subscription services are value for money and everything included is also referenced, so you can check out the sources to do your own further research for textile designs.
Coming into an era where everyone is beginning to love getting nostalgic vibes which can be seen from trends in technology like polaroid cameras becoming more popular for their vintage feel and even old video game consoles from the 80’s and 90’s being re-released. The search for nostalgia has also hit the fashion and textile designs industry with the now sought after vintage look that can be seen in various forms. One of the forms we speak of is Tartan, a design worn by Highlanders for hundreds of years, however in respect to fashion, it just so happened to be the punk era that revived the check into the edgy, ‘fringe’ trend textile designs we know today. Another trend we tend to see yo-yo in and out since the 60’s is tie dye. Rather than seeing the bright and vibrant colours, in modern tie dye textile designs you’re more likely to find more pastel and unfaded looks. You can’t get more nostalgic than cartoons from your childhood so you guessed it! Nowadays there’s an abundant trend of working in Carebears, unicorns and teddy bears into a trendy vintage look.
With Liberty style Florals making their way back into the scene they could continue to be on trend so it is worth becoming comfortable with liberty floral textile designs now and into the future. We have borrowed Sara, our head of design and strategy to explain how to create a Liberty in line with contemporary styles we are seeing nowadays. Despite liberty floral textile designs appearing simple, they can actually be rather complex to create and some of the best ways to provide that modern feel is to experiment with layouts. As a starting point try placing the micro florals on a diagonal or even in a patched pattern to create dimension and interest. Have a go at creating clusters of florals and disperse them in different densities around your canvas and place your elements in a shape like a diamond or square for a sportier spin. Despite the endless ways to paint the little flowers, there’s known to be a few ways to make floral textile designs standout. If you’re really looking to pull that extra attention, draw your line work in colour (not black) and then use a more naive hand to colour in the elements. We don’t get too concerned about getting the lines filled in perfectly as the off registration look can give it authenticity and a more vintage vibe like Zimmermann has done recently. Finally, trying giving off a more rustic look with a micro floral sans key lines.
Pastels in 2020
There’s a good chance you are seeing pastel shades show up more and more in the latest textile designs as we move through 2020. Let us cover some of the hottest tips on the best ways to go about leveraging off pastel shades in current textile designs. With combinations like lilac and pink, mints and blues as well as seeing yellow and pink being used in textile designs that have appeared on runways across the globe, let us details how to best use pastel shades in your work. As a starting point we recommend getting out there and doing some of your own personal due diligence. The best way to get into the thick of it is by doing a deep dive into thrift shops to really soak up the vintage vibes. Now that you have an appreciation for some original designs you should start considering the colours you want to incorporate into your design to help you at least for your design foundation. Often there will be some troubleshooting along the course of your design in which case you should try shocking yourself by throwing in a more darker tone to offset some of the pastel shares. At some point you need to really consider how the design will print. This can catch out some designers as they will view their design on screen and assume the shades won’t change once printed on fabric. This is when it pays to have some variation between the tones of your mids and the off-white of the fabric base.
Being a textile designer, there is a delicate balance being on trend and bringing something new to the table. Following trends may sound restrictive and may scare some artists away from attempting original designs but understanding what is on trend can be the launching to creating textile designs that are truly iconic. This year, pastel colours have definitely been a winner with colours like lilac, blue, pink, mints and even yellow finding their way in. The best thing about colours being the trend is that it can allow you to be more versatile with the design. Matching the right colours, like pink and yellow or lilac and blue are the real key to using them in your designs. Another trend we have seen coming off the spring and summer shows overseas is almost organic designs. Mushrooms, leaves and even throwbacks to vintage patterns have been popular. Trends that are using more graphic elements, like the sort of designs you would see on skateboards and fabrics in ‘80’s have also shown up as trends to look out for. The vibe this year has been not to shy away from colour and be creative with the designs you go for. With throwbacks to different eras really rearing up in all corners of fashion, your options for designs are limitless, so get creative with your textile designs.
Tips on Being a Freelance Designer
Stepping out on your own to the freelance world can be a daunting task in many fields, particularly in the world of textile designs but there are many perks to going out on your own. Being able to set your own rules, own hours and work with the people that you want and all the profit goes back to you. Being a freelancer means you can be a designer that works around your lifestyle so whether you are wanting to do it to make a little money on the side or turn it into your full-time role, there are some things to know before taking on the world of textile designs by yourself. As with most areas of fashion, there is a lot of long-term planning involved so by the time a trend hits the market, you are guaranteed to miss the wagon if you jump on late. This is why Longina Phillips Designs offers ‘The Freelancer’s Kit’. Within the kit, there are twelve mood boards, that feature key print and colour trends for 2021/2022. These boards cover both commercial and high-end fashion, with winter and summer boards. As well as the mood boards, eight colour scoops are also included, with the colour palettes you will need for the trends of 21/22. While being a freelancer is about finding your freedom within the industry, having the right tools in your arsenal will give you the best chance at being successful in your textual designs. In an industry that is rather competitive, it is always smart to be ahead of the game and have the best preparation to keep your design process as stress free and as enjoyable as possible.
A mood board, is a collage that different designers and companies put together to predict fashion trends for the coming seasons. As the fashion industry often works up to eighteen months in advance, these reports tend to help designers put together ranges that will incorporate the trends in advance, so they are ready when the time comes. This is handy for clothing designs, textile designs and other areas of the fashion and beauty industry. These trend reports are put together by different experts and take a lot of research and time to compile. The inspiration and information are sourced from all around the world; the team at Longina Phillips Designs when putting together their trend reports will travel to twenty-four countries doing research, while also subscribing to many expensive subscription services so they can put together mood boards that can adequately predict the trends. These subscriptions are for fashion houses, top designers and have to be matched with other reports. There is a lot of time that goes into creating these reports, which is why if you have the opportunity to purchase them, it is one that all those in the world of textile designs should jump at the chance for.