Feel with Felt: Felt Sculptures and Wall Art by Liz Canali to be Featured at Expressions Art Gallery on Colbert

Whether she works as a graphic designer, creates one-of-a-kind jewelry, or teaches elementary school art lessons, arts and crafts have always been a part of Liz Canali’s life.

The Flagler Beach artist owns Canali Designs with her husband, Al Canali. While working on a computer daily, she was looking for a practical creative outlet several years ago and rediscovered fiber arts.

She works with wool and embellishment fibers to create felt sculptures and wall art. Her felt art will be presented in the exhibition “I felt so many things” at the Expressions sur Colbert art gallery from September 25th to November 5th. An opening reception, with music performed by her husband, is scheduled for September 1-3:30 p.m.

Canali says his latest wall hangings and light felt shades are designed with Florida’s climate in mind.

Felt is durable, renewable, biodegradable and an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator, she says in her bio. It is also antistatic, hypoallergenic, self-extinguishing, humidity regulating and pollutant absorber, she adds.

“Watching a group of baby turtles run out to sea, imagining what the deep ocean holds, the fish and birds, the sky and plants around me, are all part of how I feel when I feel. “

— LIZ CANALI

“These intrinsic properties contribute to maintaining a healthy and pleasant interior to live in”, explains Canali.

in her artist statement, she says she is often inspired by color, but seeing colored fiber online and holding it afterwards are different experiences.

“I’ll do little swatches to see how (the colors) work together, and then get inspired,” she says. “The same thing happens with textures and techniques. I play with resins, layering and manipulating the wool when it is damp for wet felting or dry for needle felting. I often use both techniques in the same piece. I see what happens when I experiment and decide how I can incorporate it into my work.

Canali says she is inspired by the books she reads, the TV shows she watches and the conversations she has as well as the ever-changing beach she observes on her walks.

“Watching a group of baby turtles run out to sea, imagining what the deep ocean holds, the fish and birds, the sky and plants around me, are part of what I feel when I feel,” she says.

Canali is on the support staff at the Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Her hats, scarves, containers and lamps are sold there. She is a member of the St. Augustine Art Association and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum. She teaches art workshops and classes ranging from introductory to intermediate and advanced levels.