Since 1997 Ptolemy Mann has been running her own textile art and design studio which she established after graduation from Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Her unique approach to hand-dyeing and weaving wall-based, architectural, art works has become the basis for a modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of product and art making underpinned with intelligent colour theory. This approach brings her work together across a wide range of applications, both commercial and creative.
In 2006 Ptolemy launched her own architectural colour consultancy service for architects and interior designers and manufacturers. With an emphasis on architectural facades she has worked on various PFI hospital projects, schools and hotels as lead artist and colour consultant bringing a creative and intuitive approach to colour based on her training as an artist, designer and craftsperson.
Inspired by her signature Ikat technique and bold use of colour, Mann has developed a collection of commercial textile designs for furnishing fabrics and fashion. She has also designed her own collection of pile and flatweave rugs manufactured by RUGMAKER. Many of her products are created collaboratively with specialist companies and suppliers in limited editions; these include wall coverings, tiles, lampshades, bed linen, furniture, cushions and throws. Collaborators include, Christopher Farr, Johnson Tiles, Newmor Wallcoverings, RUGMAKER, Bill Amberg, Ercol Furniture, Copper and Silk, Linenhouse and Studio Levien. In March 2011 she was awarded with the Homes and Gardens Best Fabric Designer Award.
She exhibits and lectures regularly throughout the UK and abroad; writes for the magazine Selvedge, curates and has received two grants from the Arts Council of England.
Other clients include: NHS, Hilton Hotel group, GlaxoSmithKline, The Open University, Cunard, KPMG, Savills, Derwent London, Building Better Health, Land Securities, Swankye Hayden Connell Architects and Stanton Williams Architects and Global Colour UK.