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Ptolemy Mann has been creating work from her studio since 1997. Architectural and chromatic wall based artworks for private, public and corporate clients using her signature hand dyed and woven technique. She has worked as a commercial textile designer producing a range of furnishing fabrics, cushions, bed linen and throws with various brands and retailers. In 2014 she established her own retail rug collection in collaboration with Rugmaker. In 2005 Ptolemy launched an architectural colour consulting service. For over 20 years she has worked as a textile 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, British Land, Building Better Health, Stanhope PLC, Heals, Copper and Silk, Land Securities, Bill Amberg, Ercol, Christopher Farr, Sotheby’s, Swankye Hayden Connell Architects, Stanton Williams Architects, Allies Morrison and Johnson Tiles.


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



The Most Real Thing – Textile & sculpture exhibition 
at Roche Court at the New Art Centre

Lasting Impressions NDCG Kilkenny, Ireland & Ruthin Craft Centre


Made for the Table – Touring Show with Goldsmiths Hall


Solo Show with Gallery Lau, at Literature Haus, Munich


Crafted – Royal Academy, London


Modern Makers at Chatsworth House

Presented by Sotheby’s

Crafted, At Somerset House


The Architecture of Cloth, Colour & Space

A year-long touring exhibition at Ruthin, Dovecot, Aram and Harley Galleries and Gloucester Cathedral


Inspired by The Legacy of Anni Albers, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales

To Make a Room, Solo Exhibition, Christopher Farr, LA, USA

Chromatic Minimalism, Gallery Lau, Munich, Germany


Significant Colour, Aram Gallery, London


Stroud International Textile Festival


Hue, Line and Form, CAA London


The London Art Fair 2006–2007, with Adrian Sassoon


Scope New York , USA


Collect Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, V&A Museum, London


Ptolemy Mann and Bob Crooks, CAA, London


From the Shadow to the Light, CAA, London


Art 2000 with Contemporary Applied Arts


Design Resolutions, the Royal Festival Hall, London


Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London



Arts Council Grant for Significant Colour


Homes and Gardens Best Fabric Designer of the Year


Arts Council Grant for The Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space


Throughout her career Ptolemy has featured in numerous press articles commenting variously on the world of art, design, lifestyle and cooking.

Selected Articles

Sunday Observer Magazine, September 2018

Evening Standard, August 2018

COVER Magazine,Winter 2017

How to Spend it, FT April 2016

Crafts Magazine, April 2016

Telegraph Newspaper, Feb 2015

World of Interiors 2014

Stella Magazine 2014

Homes and Gardens 2014

Living Etc. 2013

House Beautiful 2012

Homes and Antiques 2012

House and Garden 2012

Elle Decoration 2011

How to Spend it, The Financial Times Magazine, 2009

Selvedge Magazine, 2009

Crafts Magazine, June 2009

Vogue, Feb 2007

Times Style Magazine, November 2007

Elle Decoration, January 2006

Eve Magazine, July 2006

London Magazine, June 2005

Carpets & Textiles, Autumn 2005

Surface Design Journal, Winter 2004

Saturday Times Magazine, October 2003

IDFX Magazine, April 2002


Since it was launched in 2004 Ptolemy has been writing for Selvedge Magazine on a regular basis about a wide range of topics.

If you have something you would like Ptolemy 

to write about please get in touch.


The Ring of Fire

Ptolemy Mann weaves her way across Indonesia

Back to Manual

Essay exploring the relationship of weaving to computers

Men of Cloth

Structurally Sound

Exposing the foundations of weaving and architecture

The Silk Road

Gainsborough Weaving Company

A Miller’s Tale

Bute Fabrics

In the heartland

Del Cerro Textiles

The woven art of Artextil

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