Background

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.

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

Exhibitions

2018

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

Lasting Impressions NDCG Kilkenny, Ireland & Ruthin Craft Centre

2018

Made for the Table – Touring Show with Goldsmiths Hall

2017

Solo Show with Gallery Lau, at Literature Haus, Munich

2014

Crafted – Royal Academy, London

2013

Modern Makers at Chatsworth House

Presented by Sotheby’s

Crafted, At Somerset House

2012

The Architecture of Cloth, Colour & Space

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

2010

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

2009

Significant Colour, Aram Gallery, London

2008

Stroud International Textile Festival

2007

Hue, Line and Form, CAA London

2006

The London Art Fair 2006–2007, with Adrian Sassoon

2005

Scope New York , USA

2004

Collect Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, 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

Awards

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

Press

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

Journalism

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.

Articles

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