Hello! I’m Ali, a forager with an obsessive magpie eye for weirdo and wonderful curios from across the 2oth century. I’m based in the ancient town of Lewes, East Sussex in a wonky old cottage.
Hailing from a long line of collectors, rare book dealers, tinkers and traders stretching back to the 1800’s I have always held a fascination for intriguing old items from the past.
Having previously lived in Osaka, Japan and Berlin, as well as travelling extensively across Eastern Europe, I created Kuriosas in 2010 as a portal for cherishing, celebrating and archiving the strange artifacts and odd and beautiful things I started to accrue on these journeys.
My long time love of dusty treasures also led me to work as a vintage curiosities trader at Spitalfields Antique Market, act as a vintage design researcher for trend forecaster WGSN and go on to co-found and run North London Vintage Market from 2011 to 2016 attracting 25,000 visitors at the height of the fascination with all things vintage.
I work now as an artist using character illustration, photography and collage and as a a cultural lead, artist and researcher on a range of arts and wellbeing projects where I collaborate with psychologists to design projects that explore the mind body connection and effect of the arts on wellbeing in children.
I am also a photographer with experience of capturing portraits of people on the street and at events around the UK, Europe and Japan working with publications such as The Guardian, Independent and Vogue. More recently I have been thrilled to focus on capturing images of older people with individuality and flair for people such as The School of Life and Guardian Weekend magazine to promote positive ageing.
Kuriosas now acts as a place for me to nurture obscure, beautiful, puzzling and singular design I continue to 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 around Europe and in general muse over visual culture past and present.
I’m always open to all kinds of opportunities, suggestions and collaborations – please say hello! email@example.com
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My Artist site: aliwinstanley.com
All images on Kuriosas © Ali Winstanley unless otherwise credited