‘6 Of The Best!’ British Weavers – Ptolemy Mann
We know that many of our customers are as passionate about weaving as we are here in the Margo Selby Studio and we want to celebrate this. We are proud to be part of the UK’s thriving craft community and 0ver the next 2 weeks we will be sharing ‘6 Of The Best’ Contemporary Weavers in the UK.
We start the series with Ptolemy Mann, a real hero for how she has elevated the importance of woven textiles as an art-form.
Ptolemy Mann is celebrating 20 years since she graduated from the RCA in 1997 and set up her studio. Channelling a modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of art and product making she emphasises the importance of colour theory to underline everything she does. A constant production and exploration of hand dyed and woven artworks during this time has enabled her to master her Ikat signature – a dip dyed warp technique for which she has become well known.
Recent new work explores the idea of a framed canvas evocative of the American school of Abstract Expressionist painters. Since 2014 she has also focused on the design and manufacturing of flatwoven Ikat rugs, known as Gelims. These sit harmoniously alongside her artworks bringing elegant gradations of hand dyed colour to the floor. Another constant theme over the last decade has been her work as an architectural colour consultant and her work using digital print technology to create dynamic external architectural features and internal artworks for healthcare projects.