Fashion Industrial and Jewellery Designer

Designers work with a variety of media depending upon their field: Fashion Designers create original shoes, accessories, and clothing, Jewellery Designers work with metals and precious stones, and Industrial Designers plan and create items manufactured for everyday use such as automobiles and home appliances. All of these careers require an aesthetic sense as well knowledge of the necessary skills in their craft to realise a concept into an actual product.

Duties and tasks

  • Ability to create drawings, blueprints, and patterns to create the desired product
  • Create models for moulds
  • Identify, examine and select materials to use in design fabrication; work with various materials for specific job requirements
  • Inspect finished items for quality, with a strong attention to detail and appropriate product measurements
  • Safely operate machines and tools for creation of products

Skills required

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • Monitoring and Analysing Operations
  • Organisation
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Strong Hand-eye Coordination and Manual Agility

Working conditions

Depending upon the designers field, they can work at a workbench, work table, or drafting table. CAD (computer-aided design) is fast becoming a standard tool for designers across all fields. As many of the tools, equipment, and chemicals are specialised, designers must have knowledge of their proper uses to avoid illness or injury. Designers may work long hours to meet deadlines, or to conform to the schedules of their clientele; craft and tradeshows can have designers working weekends and holidays, as well as travelling to many different locations.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Fashion Council

The Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)

The Creative Industry Skills Council

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

The Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA)

The Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA)

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