1970s Crocheters Today, Mona Mauri from Crochet Concupiscence By Kathryn Vercillo
Something really cool has happened since I started putting together this series of blog posts exploring what the crochet artists of the 1970s are doing today … Several of them have come out of the woodwork to let me know what they are up to. I mean, of course there have been the artists that I tracked down and contacted but there have also been some super cool women who have reached out to me to say that they were there during that time and they’d be happy to tell me about it. I love these stories and I also love getting the opportunity to explore the work of these artists. Today’s post is about one of those women: Mona Mauri.
Who is Mona Mauri?
Mona Mauri is a multi-medium artist working in fiber, ceramics and digital art. She explores common themes throughout the different mediums: capturing human emotions and thought processes. She often works with found objects in her pieces and those objects help serve as a starting point to evoke memories and emotions in the viewers of her art. She constantly pushes herself to try new techniques and to explore art in new ways, which is something that I think is really valuable for all artists. Mona has continually exhibited her work both physically and online. Recent projects she’s participated in include the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project, The Global Women Project and a postcard exhibit at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City.
In the early 1970′s Mona was living in New York on East 13th Street and 2nd Avenue, which was just down the street from a place called Studio Del. Del (Pitt) Feldman was the owner of the shop and was the first one that was really showing off crochet art to wear in that area. Mona was really inspired by what she saw there and it influenced her own work tremendously. In fact, that ended up being the first place that Mona showed her work. She also sold some hats to Bendel’s at the time and was beginning to work on making crochet vests.