Yusra Makhdoomi

Textile and Material designer


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About me

I am a textile and material designer based in London and a recent graduate of Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. My work is often inspired by narratives of varying kinds, for example through cultural and social movements, a concept, design principles or other visual mediums. I am a dedicated, ambitious and passionate designer who always strives to push textile practices through a heightened sensitivity to colour and material qualities.


  • Fashion
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Interiors
  • Lifestyle
  • Colour Design
  • Design
  • Styling
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Word

Work history


Weekend Manager & Sales Advisor

Cloth House

Jan 2013 - May 2015
  • Advising customers on fabric and material selection for purposes including fashion, costume, product, interior and set design. Managing the till, organising fabrics and other products as well as arranging displays. As a result of working at Cloth House I have developed an extensive knowledge and understanding of textiles, material and fibres. I was also asked to take the responsibility of weekend manager where organisation, delegation and managing a team effectively is essential.


Trend Research & Styling Intern

Mix Magazine Global Color Research

Mar 2014 - Mar 2014
  • Working on client consultancy projects, image research, making mood-boards, colour matching and trend-tracking. Writing and editing for the publication and trend magazine and involved during rebranding of the company. Worked closely with creative materials consultant assisting with prop making, lighting and photography for the publication and other creative decisions behind the lens.


Assistant to Designer

Silken Favours

Sep 2013 - Mar 2014
  • Part-time assistant to designer, hand drawing and editing on Adobe Illustrator for bespoke scarf designs, meeting manufacturers and stockists on the behalf of the designer. Fabric and materials sourcing, organisation of products, as well as representing the brand at events and Pop Up shops.



The Sustainable Angle

Sep 2013 - Nov 2013
  • Active in preparation for the show at Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre. Organising, cutting and preparing fabrics, setting up and working on the stand during the exposition, liaising with designers, manufacturers and others from industry, promoting the fabrics, the organisation and services it offers.


Embroidery Intern

Acorn Conceptual Textiles

Jul 2013 - Jul 2013
  • Working amongst small team of designers, creating fashion textile swatches to be sold at international trade shows. Worked specifically in stitch department, creating hand embroidered and embellished samples and invited to intern at Acorn again last summer.



BA(Hons) Textile Design 1st Class Honours

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London

May 2015 - May 2015


    UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Distinction

    New College Nottingham

    Aug 2011 - May 2012


      A Levels Art Design (a*), English Literature (a*), Mathematics (a*), French AS Level (a

      Nottingham Girls High School

      Aug 2009 - May 2011
      • Art & Design (A*), English Literature (A*), Mathematics (A*), French AS Level (A)



      Dean's Award for Achievement- Chelsea College of Arts

      Higher Education

      • Awarded upon completion of Bachelor's degree, for achievement across my time on the course.


      Made in Mexico Exhibiton- Fashion and Textiles Museum

      • Textile work exhibited alongside other Chelsea College of Art textile students as a collaborative project with the Fashion and Textiles Museum.


      Premiere Vision. Paris

      • Selling two of my design swatches for S/S 15 to Color Textil and Georges Hobeika and representing the textiles course on the Chelsea College of Art stand at Indigo, liaising and selling work to industry professionals.


      Best in show- New College Nottingham

      • Awarded on completion of Final Major Project during my Foundation Diploma..


      Collett Art Prize

      • Nottingham Girls High School Awarded for achievement in Art and Design at both GCSE & A level



      • Nottingham Girls High School Awarded for outstanding academic achievement at GCSE and A-Level