Hello! I’m Ali, a London and Sussex based forager with an obsessive magpie eye for weirdo and wonderful curios from across the 2oth century.

Having previously lived in Osaka, Japan and Berlin, as well as travelling extensively across Eastern Europe, I created Kuriosas as a portal for cherishing, celebrating and archiving strange artifacts and other odd and beautiful things I hoarded on my journeys

Kuriosas now acts as a place for me to nurture obscure, beautiful, puzzling and singular design I come across from the 20th century and indulge in my passion for book covers, illustration, surface pattern, graphics and Eastern European aesthetics. I also interview artists and intriguing individuals, profile any oddball places, museums and exhibitions I visit and in general muse over visual culture past and present.

Hailing from a long line of collectors, book dealers, tinkers and traders, I have always held a fascination for intriguing old items from the past, leading me to work as a vintage curiosities trader at Spitalfields Antique Market and go on to co-found North London Vintage Market .  I also previously worked as a vintage trend researcher and travel writer for trend forecaster WGSN and as a Street Photographer capturing people across Europe and Japan for a range of publications such as The Independent, Vogue and Elle.

I now take Street Portraits of striking older people to promote images of ‘Ageing Well’; my pictures have been featured by people such as The Guardian, The Royal College of Art, The Royal Society of Medicine and in the recent book ‘How to Age’.

I create my own artwork working with illustration, photography, collage and installation; some of my creations are housed in ‘Outsider Art’ collection The Museum of Everything.

I also work as an Artist and Producer on a range of Arts, Health, Wellbeing and Innovation projects and am an RSA Fellow.

I’m always open to all kinds of opportunities, suggestions and collaborations – please say hello: aliwinstanley@gmail.com


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Twitter: @ali_winstanley

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For artwork and photography enquiries please email aliwinstanley@gmail.com

My artwork and photography: aliwinstanley.com


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