Kayleigh Mace

Designer Professional

An award winning and highly creative design professional specialising in printed and embroidered textiles with the ability to produce designs across a broad range of styles and create innovative coherent collections. Highly skilled in ability to design and produce commercially viable designs from artwork utilising hand, machine and digital techniques.


2016-17 Nottingham Trent University
MA Textile Design Innovation, Distinction

2009-12 University College Falmouth
BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2:1


April 2021-Present

Freelance Print Designer
Designing exclusive and licensed printed textile designs for the fashion, interiors and lifestyle markets.

Oct 2021-Dec 2021

Digital Merchandiser
Two Seasons
Merchandising the website ensuring it was presented to a high standard, creating new web pages, assisting with marketing campaigns and designing a womenswear range of active and fashion garments for Tiki Surf.

April 2018-Aug 2018

Freelance Embroidery/Embellishment Designer
Kayleigh Mace/Nocturne Artisans
Designed embroidered and embellished swatches for fashion. Produced stitched samples, embroidery artwork and tech packs.

Jan 2015- April 2016

Womenswear Buyer
Sessions Surf Shop
Buying in womenswear ranges, conducting trend research, attending sales meetings, range building and deciding on quantities.

Oct 2013- May 2015

Licensed Pattern Designer
Keka Case/Solid Line Products
Licensed designs that were sold across various phone, iPad and Kindle cases.

Jan 2012

Production Assistant
Nicholas Oakwell Couture
Constructed and embellished garments by hand, traced patterns, ran errands and assisted backstage at the show.

July 2011

Freelance Embroidery Designer
Manuela Dack
Designed and produced embroidered samples for S/S 12 collection, embellished garments and sourced manufacturers for final pieces.

Dec 2010

Studio Assistant
Hand and Lock
Assisted in the studio with hand and machine sewing, sourcing materials, embellishing products, visiting manufacturers and errands.

In addition sold artwork online across various platforms and held posts in retail managing staff and shop floor.

Exhibitions and Achievements

Nov 2017

Winner of the Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery in the Wilcom Fashion category.

July 2017

‘Mastered’ Graduate exhibition

June 2017

New Designers

June 2017

Nominated for inclusion in Texprint 2017.


Completed Module 3: Monetising Your Designs course with Make it in Design.

Participated in Beyond Textiles: Beyond Bodies smart wearable textiles workshop and founding member of Epic Yarns.


Printed textiles - Screen printing/Digital printing

Hand embroidery/embellishment - Tambour beading

Machine embroidery - Digital/Irish/Cornely/Tufter/Embellisher

Laser cutting

Creating artwork and designs to scale

Strong attention to detail and quality control

Producing original artwork across a range of styles

Concept generation/trend research

Sourcing fabrics/embellishments/materials

Technical packs

Keeping accurate time and costing records

Pattern cutting and garment construction

Drafting patterns from blocks

3D printing and smart textile applications

Computer Software

Adobe CC (Photoshop/Illustrator/Indesign)

Wilcom Embroidery Studio



Microsoft Office


Available upon request.