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

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: Museum Association, Institute of Contemporary Art

Linked in

Exhibitions and Publications

Feb-Mar 2020

Shift/Think, 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

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