Photography by Alun Callender
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“Ptolemy Mann’s innovative dyeing
skills, her appreciation of colour theory, the deep interest she has
in architecture, work with her 'purely
instinctive' and Matisse-like response
to the 'expressive aspect of colour' in the creation of textiles which embody
and express her dedicated aspiration,
the achievement of minimalism
in colour“

 

Ian Wilson, Surface Design Journal

Ptolemy Mann has been creating colourful
work from her studio since 1997. Architectural, geometric and sophisticated wall based art for public and private clients using her signature hand dyed and woven techniques and more recently commercially produced furnishing fabrics, rugs, cushions, bed linen and throws. She also works as an architectural colour consultant, journalist and lecturer. Her unique approach to hand dyeing and weaving in
a dynamic modern context brings her craft
into the 21st century. A modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of product and art making combined with intelligent colour theory underpins all of
her work both creative and commercial.

 

Clients and Collaborators include: NHS,
Hilton Hotel group, GlaxoSmithKline, The
Open University, Cunard, KPMG, Savills, Derwent London, Building Better Health,
Land Securities, British Land, Bill Amberg,
Ercol, Christopher Farr, Sotheby’s, Swankye Hayden Connell Architects, Stanton Williams Architects, Allies Morrison and Johnson Tiles.

 

Education

Royal College Of Art, London

Masters Degree in Constructed Textiles specialising in Woven Textiles

 

Central St Martins College of Art & Design London, Bachelor of Arts, Hons. Degree in Textile Design, Specialising in Woven Textiles

 

1991-1992 Maidstone College of Art, Foundation

 

 

 

Awards

Crafts Council Setting Up Grant

2009 Arts Council Grant for Significant Colour

2011 — Homes and Gardens Best Fabric

Designer of the Year

2011 — Arts Council Grant for 'The Architecture

of Cloth, Colour and Space'

 

Selected  Exhibitions

2013 — Modern Makers at Chatsworth House

presented by Sotheby’s

2013 — Crafted, At Somerset House

2012 — The Architecture of Cloth, Colour &

Space. A year-long touring exhibition

at Ruthin, Dovecot, Aram and

Harley Galleries finishing at

Gloucester Cathedral

2010 — Inspired By – The Legacy of Anni

Albers, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales

2010 — To Make a Room, Solo Exhibition

@ Christopher Farr, LA, USA

2010 — Chromatic Minimalism

@ Gallery Lau, Munich, Germany

2009 — Significant Colour

@ Aram Gallery, London

2008 — Stroud International Textile Festival

2007 — Hue, Line and Form @ CAA London

2006 — The London Art fair 2006 and 2007’

With Adrian Sassoon

2005 — SCOPE New York , USA

2004 — COLLECT Art fair for contemporary

objects @ the V&A Museum, London

2003 — Ptolemy Mann and Bob Crooks

@ CAA, London

2002 — From the Shadow to the Light

@ CAA, London

2000 — ART 2000 with Contemporary

Applied Arts

1999 — Design Resolutions

@ the Royal Festival Hall, London

1998 — Decorative Arts Today

@ Bonhams, London

All images and artwork ©Ptolemy Mann 2013