I want to be a textile designer but I’m worried I’m too old
I graduated 10 years ago with a degree in printed textile design. Circumstances meant not being able to pursue my dream and i worked in telephone customer service for 9 years :( I now have an opportunity where financially i can just about manage to now pursue my dream.
My degree course was quite broad and i vaguely specialised in repeat pattern design but found the process of doing repeats hard. The repeats we were taught was by hand as well. I am trying to build up a new portfolio but I am struggling.
The problems I am facing are numerous: no contacts to know what designers are doing these days. no experience of illustrator or photoshop, lack of confidence in my own ability and not sure of first steps or direction.
10 yrs is a long time to have been away from design, I didn’t pick up a pencil, paint brush or pen in that time for various reasons Design is my natural talent, especially colour, I have a excellent eye for putting together colourways. I feel I have something to offer but I’m overwhelmed by the feeling of being too old (33!) not up-to-date with skills and not knowing who to go to for help and guidance.
I’m wondering whether agents who take on freelance designers would be able to help if i were to approach them and for them to give me a design brief that i can use as guidance and direction to build my portfolio and then ask them for feedback? (unpaid) Hope you can help!
— Lucy Holloway