Liz Canali has been involved with art and crafts since early in her life. Trained as a commercial graphic artist, she first worked as a paste-up artist at the telephone company but quickly moved into the education field. Liz worked as an elementary art teacher in Hopkinton, MA and then as the jewelry and weaving teacher at Northfield Mt. Hermon School in Northfield, MA. At the same time she owned and created one-of-a-kind and art-to-wear jewelry for her company, Canali Silver. She sold her work to individuals and galleries throughout the US.
Times changed and so did Canali. Her art journey brought her into the world of art administration. She was director of Leverett Crafts and Arts and then returned to her roots as a graphic artist. Combining her design experience and her husband Al’s office and sales experience, the two opened Canali Designs more than 20 years ago. Liz is the graphic designer for the business, focusing on print and web coordinated projects, logo design and marketing for small to medium businesses. You can find her at Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom a couple of days a week when she works as gallery assistant and web person.
In search of a non-computer creative outlet, Liz rediscovered fiber arts. Her newest passion is felt. Her hats, scarves and collars combine needle felting and wet felting to create accessories for the fashionable woman. Liz likes the challenge of teaching and exploring. Her Explorations in Felt exhibition has led to workshops and exhibitions in Massachusetts and Florida. Much of her work focuses on lighting (illuminated felt globes and shades) and wall art.
EXPLORATIONS IN FELT, an exhibit of Liz's work at Salmon Falls Gallery, Shelburne Falls, MA in November and December of 2015 gave Liz the freedom to experiment with different styles, materials and techniques focusing mainly on interior design with an emphasis on lighting, wall art and vessels. Liz takes traditional felting techniques and Japanese paper lantern design and applies it to illuminated felted pieces. The challenge is to make globes and shades look good when they were not lit and keep them "airy" enough to let the light show through, yet be strong enough to hold up without using frames. The light produced is a warm ambient light. A variety of one-of-a-kind designs, sizes and shapes make this a most unique product.
NEW WORKS IN FELT, an exhibition at Salmon Falls Gallery in September and October of 2017, will also focus on interior design. Large wall hangings and acoustic wall tiles will be the focus of this exhibit. The exhibition will have it's artist reception with husband/musician/business partner Al Canali providing music for the event. See more at www.lizcanali.com