Is a fine-art textile practitioner, educator and researcher. Her practice-based research investigates dislocated culture associated with cloth.
Her current practice-research focuses on an English christening gown embroidered in Indian whitework and an indigo resist-print skirt-cloth from South Africa with similar hybrid associations. Both cloths are associated with the diverse cultural heritage of a multi-generational economic migration.
This work emphasise traces, memory, fragility and fragmentation found in “in-between” liminal cultural space. Mona’s practice integrates drawing, printmaking and embroidery with displaced spatial interpretations. Artworks are crafted to create installations and prints.
The ingrained legacy of European colonisation and the experience of living in a postcolonial nation influence the work.
Mona is part-time practice-based PhD candidate at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham. Working within an art-textile framework, with postcolonial critique and intersectional considerations her practice crosses media boundaries between the disciplines of digital technology, photography, print and textile media and methods. Mona physically works in ‘in-between’ space to reframe research.
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 and thorough approach to tasks. This also draws from a substantive career as a design-director and creative arts teacher.
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
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: Museum Association, Institute of Contemporary Art
Shift/Think, The Victoria Institute, Arundel
Pop-up Exhibition, East Street, Farnham
Continuum 2, Group Exhibition, London Design Festival, London
Eleven, Group Exhibition, The Strand Gallery, London
Postgraduate Exhibition, UCA, Farnham
Makers at Menier, Group Exhibition, London Design Festival, London
Contemporary Narratives, Crafts Study Centre (CSC) and UCA, Farnham
Artist Demonstration Day, Watts Gallery, Compton
Feb, Apr 2017
Ethel Mairet Response, Ditchling Museum, Ditchling
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)
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.
In-between Whitework and Indigo Resist Cloth.
Fashioning Inclusivity 2019 Symposium: Textiles and Materials strand,
University of the Arts, London
Reflecting Cultural Dislocation: In-between Whitework and Indigo Resist.
Postcolonialism, Postcommunism and Postmodernism, 2nd International
Interdisciplinary Conference. Gdansk, Poland
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
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
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
In-Between Whitework and Indigo Resist.
IAFOR, International Conference on Global Studies (GLOBAL2018),
Fearful Futures strand. Barcelona, Spain