Fine-art textile Practitioner | Educator | Researcher

Mona is a fine artist, crafting experiential installations and prints by integrating drawing, printmaking and stitching with paper, thread and light. These spatial interpretations and prints emphasise cloth traces and a fragility and fragmentation found in “in-between” liminal cultural spaces.

The ingrained legacy of European colonisation and the experience of living in a postcolonial nation influence her work.


Mona Craven is a PhD candidate at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Her practice-based research focuses on the material culture of a whitework embroidered gown and an indigo resist-print cloth. Both cloths share complex colonial and postcolonial histories. Investigating the entangled and common threads set between both cloths with practice-based research methods, draw attention to a cultural dislocation. Installations, formed with paper, cloth, thread, and photogravure prints, create spatial encounters. These interpretive outcomes are set in the between spaces of the here and now, to form new readings of both cloths.

Her practice includes facilitating research-led creative response in the arts, museums and education sector. Mona offers a broad art and design skills-base with a resourceful,thorough approach to tasks. Her work draws from a substantive career as a design-director and creative arts educator.


2015 – 2017

MA Textiles, Post-Graduate School of Craft and Design (Distinction)
University for the Creative Arts

Post-Graduate Higher Education Diploma, Rhodes University, South Africa

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhodes University, South Africa

Fine Art Studies, Port Elizabeth Technikon, South Africa

Professional Development

Thinking Teaching, University of the Arts London

Photogravure, University of West England

MOMA Art & Enquiry and Museum Teaching Strategies, Coursera

The Secret Power of Brands, FutureLearn

A Crash Course on Creativity – Tina Seelig, Coursera

Object Photography, London School of Photography

Portrait Photography, University of the Arts London

Member: ACID, Museum Association

Linked in

Exhibitions and Publications

Sept-Oct 2022

About Time, Group exhibition, The Gallery at Grande Provence, South Africa

June 2022

Pins, Places, Cloth, Installation, Surrey Artists Open Studio’s 2022, Little Acres Studio’s, Rowledge

Oct-Nov 2021

Practice-as-Research, Work-in-Progress, Group Exhibition, Foyer Gallery, UCA, Farnham

Sept 2021

Continiuum@OXO 2021, Group Exhibition, Gallery@OXO, OXO Towers, London

June 2021

Framed, a window event, Installation, Sarah Louise Dix Upholstery, Surrey Artist Open Studios 2021, Godalming

Feb-Mar 2020

Shifthink, Art-textiles in the Provincial, The Victoria Institute, Arundel

Dec 2018

Pop-up Exhibition, East Street, Farnham

Sept 2018

Continuum 2, Group Exhibition, London Design Festival, London

Sept 2017

Eleven, Group Exhibition, The Strand Gallery, London

Aug 2017

Postgraduate Exhibition, UCA, Farnham

Sept 2016

Makers at Menier, Group Exhibition, London Design Festival, London

Jun-Dec 2016

Contemporary Narratives, Crafts Study Centre (CSC) and UCA, Farnham


May 2017

Artist Demonstration Day, Watts Gallery, Compton

Feb, Apr 2017

Ethel Mairet Response, Ditchling Museum, Ditchling


Sep 2019

Craven, M. (2019) Reflecting a Diaspora: In-between Whitework and Indigo.

In: Textile, Cloth and Culture.

Volume 17, 2019 – Issue 4: Textile and Place.

London, Taylor & Francis.

Available here (hidden link to pdf which I am working on)

May 2016

Craven, M. (2016) Skirt Cloth.

In: Contemporary Narratives, School of Crafts and Design project 2015-2016 [Catalogue].

Farnham: Crafts Study Centre and University for the Creative Arts.

Conference Papers

Aug 2022

The Culturally Dislocated Cloth – Elusive, Resistant or Interruptive.

Fashion, Photography Storytelling and Textiles, A Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference.

Progressive Connexions, Athens, Greece.

Oct 2021

The culturally dislocated cloth – interruptive, elusive and resistant?

Textile and Place Conference, Colonial and postcolonial narratives strand.(Online)

Manchester School of Art, (MMU) and the 2021 British Textile Biennale. Manchester.

Jan 2021

An encounter with culturally dislocated cloth.

Postcolonialism, Postcommunism and Postmodernism, 3rd International
Interdisciplinary Conference (Online).

Gdansk, Poland

Jun 2019

In-between Whitework and Indigo Resist Cloth.

Fashioning Inclusivity 2019 Symposium: Textiles and Materials strand,

University of the Arts, London

Apr 2019

Reflecting Cultural Dislocation: In-between Whitework and Indigo Resist.

Postcolonialism, Postcommunism and Postmodernism,
2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference.

Gdansk, Poland

July 2018

The artist printed-form: a craft in-between letterforms, exhibition, July 2018 audience and meaning.

Craft and Text conference: Crafts Study Centre and International Textile

Research Centre, UCA, Farnham

Apr 2018

Reflecting a Diaspora: In-Between Whitework and Indigo Resist.

Textile and Place Conference: Politics of Migration, Displacement strand.

Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

Accepted Abstracts

Jul/Aug 2019

The Absent Presences – In-Between Whitework and Indigo Resist

Nordic Summer University: Summer Symposium Absences and Silences

Circle 7 Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia. Roosta, Estonia

May 2018

In-Between Whitework and Indigo Resist.

IAFOR, International Conference on Global Studies (GLOBAL2018),

Fearful Futures strand. Barcelona, Spain