Liza Mamali is a unique crocheting artist that using wool as an artistic expression tool in the public space since 2014. This is a very unique technique in the street art scene, making her art recognizable and prominent in the streets. One of her great art works, is not by chance, near an iconic wool shop at 31 Nahalat Binyamin Street in Tel Aviv.
MAMALI immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union and in the process of self-searching was exposed to the crocheting art and began crocheting freestyle.
What are your motives for creating in the public domain?
"For me it’s the purest sharing. The most sincere act of love is when you work hard on a piece and then just hang it on a street for everyone to enjoy! It’s fun as well to interact with a city, it feels like you become a part of it. Street is the best gallery ever existed for sure. Especially because my art can reach all sorts of people, not only those who visit museums".
If you have a nickname – how it was born and what it represents?
Is there a key message or theme in your works and what is it?
Do you make a sketch before working on the wall? Tell about your work process
"Sometimes I do sketches, sometimes not . Sometimes I create a piece and then find a location, sometimes vise versa. So there are no rules in my creations…I like to follow the flow"
What are the techniques you use?
"I crochet mostly. Like 99% of my work is crocheting and then I either glue it to a wall or stitch it to a fence or any other construction that I want to cover. I try different techniques from time to time, but turn back to the crochet anchor, which is the simplest instrument for me, yet a very powerful one 😉"
Tell an interesting experience that happened to you while creating on the streets?
"It’s always fun, for sure. The feedback from the people are always super positive and that’s what keeps me going. I never had negative experiences. There are, I believe, a lot of interesting experiences ahead 🙏❤️"
At the end of the post you will find a link to Instagram of MAMALY.