Textile manufacturers are always on the lookout for new and exciting designs to give them the edge when it comes to consumer interest. Your designs can not only lead to a regular income, but you could join the ranks of Debbie Mum, Mary Engelbreit or Donna Dewberry. Staying in tune with textile market trends and manufacturers' needs goes a long way towards increasing your chances of having your designs accepted and becoming a brand name.
Select the best examples of your art prints for submission. You need at least 8 to 12 pieces for the submission process. Take them to an office supply store and have a standard-sized colour copy made of each piece.
Write a query letter stating your purpose for sending artwork copies to them. Never submit your original artwork. Address the letter to the person or department that handles submissions in the company. Research that by looking it up on the Internet or calling the company and asking who to send it to. Spelling is important so make sure you double check everything prior to sending the package out, including the person you are sending it to. Write no more than three succinct paragraphs in your query letter. State the number of copies you enclosed, the medium you work in, and any previous experience with textile companies. Include background information on your art education but keep it brief. End the letter by stating you look forward to working with them in the future, thank them for their time and consideration, and above all, add all your contact information so they can reach you.
Package the colour copies, your query letter and a self-addressed stamped envelope, for the work to be returned if desired, with the correct amount of postage on both envelopes. Address the submission correctly and add your address to the front of the envelope. Mail it by regular mail or with a tracking receipt. Do not request a signature for the submission.
Keep a list of the companies you contacted. Include the date you sent the submission and the date you received an acceptance or rejection. Follow up with a brief postcard after two to three months. Never call the company and ask about your submission. Contact them by e-mail if it is acceptable.
Stay abreast of trends by attending textile shows. Should the textile company submission guidelines request submissions through e-mail with attachments, then follow those guidelines. It is important to follow the submission instructions to the letter and always remain professional.
Tips and warnings
- Stay abreast of trends by attending textile shows.
- Should the textile company submission guidelines request submissions through e-mail with attachments, then follow those guidelines. It is important to follow the submission instructions to the letter and always remain professional.