How to Sell Your Art Designs Prints to Textile Designers

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Things You'll Need

  • Copies of artwork
  • Manilla envelopes
  • Postage
  • Paper

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 Artwork

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 color copy made of each piece.

Research textile companies by looking them up on the Internet. Call the company and asking who to send your submission to.

Write a query letter with no more than three succinct paragraphs stating your purpose for sending artwork copies to them. 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, and above all, add your contact information so they can reach you.

Address the letter to the person or department that handles submissions in the company.

Double check spelling, including the name of the person you are sending it to.

Package the color 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 email if it is acceptable.


  • Stay abreast of trends by attending textile shows.

    Never submit originals of your work.

    When choosing your best prints, consider their scale, resolution, color composition, level of detail, and whether they translate well into a repeating design. Make choices appropriate to the company your submitting to.

    Should the textile company submission guidelines request submissions through email with attachments, then follow those guidelines. It is important to follow the submission instructions to the letter and always remain professional.


  • "Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market"; Editors of Writer's Digest Books; 2009

About the Author

As an author and instructor in the arts, Jeanne Paglio has been writing since 2001 and has been an artist for over 25 years. Her articles have appeared in "Painting Magazine," "Quick & Easy Painting," and "The Decorative Painter." Paglio studied art and design at Rhode Island School of Design.

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