Leading textile artist Ptolemy Mann is in the process of designing the INTERIORS UK Fabric Pavilion and has revealed her vision for the project.
“My signature look is Ikat, but not in an ethnic way,” she told INTERIORS UK. “My trademark fabrics are contemporary Ikats – glossy and cutting edge.”
Her plans for the Fabric Pavilion are exciting and innovative: “The canopy will be made of digitally-printed fabric. I want it to look dramatic and stand out, even from a distance, so I’d like to drape huge sweeps of multi-coloured fabrics for a really eye-catching look. I’ll go for a bold Ikat pattern with a large-scale repeat,” she revealed. “It will be linear and geometric but also vibrant, exotic and painterly.”
Mann will also be designing a coordinating range of woven fabrics for the upholstered furniture inside the pavilion.
After studying at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in the 1990s, Mann did a Masters Degree in Woven Textiles at the Royal College of Art, before launching her career as a textile artist, product designer and colour consultant. In March 2011, she was awarded the Homes and Gardens Best Fabric Designer Award.
Her background is in craft and fine art textile design, but over the past few years she’s worked on a lot of commerical commissions, too, such as architectural fabric panels and a recent collaboration with INTERIORS UK exhibitor Ercol:
“I’ve just released a collection of accessories and upholstered furniture with Ercol for John Lewis,” she said. “There’s an armoire in the range with my Ikat fabric stretched across the doors like a screen, and some really bold cushions.”
Mann will be delivering a seminar at INTERIORS UK, entitled: ‘The architecture of cloth, colour and space’. She will discuss her work as a textile artist both in the craft and commercial worlds, and share her colour consulation techniques. Check out her new blog, too: Significant Colour.
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