Monday, June 21, 2010

Ptolemy Mann

Ptolemy Mann is a British textile artist I had the privilege of hearing speak a few weeks back at the Christopher Farr Gallery. Her signature work takes the process of ikat and modernizes with color and in the form of a stretched canvas rather than a wall hanging. I love classic ikat, but it was exciting to see the reinvention. She is also a color consultant for architects wanting to add a dimension of color to their structures. It seems like such an obvious collaboration, but apparently a new way of thinking as well. A hospital is one of the works in progress. I asked her about how she comes up with her color combinations while dying her yarns, she compared it to being a painter mixing paints. She recently came out with a gorgeous line of soon to be available ikat inspired upholstery fabric that are actually beautifully laser printed fabrics. Thanks David!

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