About

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I create characters through the medium of illustration, collage and costume and produce small publications and installations

My work is inspired by Scandinavian folklore and landscapes, Japanese character culture, deep sea monsters, 1970’s psychedelic animationS, Eastern european illustration, Jungian psychology, dreams, nightmares and subconscious wanderings.

I have exhibited in London, Germany and Finland and some of my drawings are in Outsider Art collection The Museum of Everything

I produce patterns, cut-outs and compositions influenced by my time in post Soviet landscapes and the former Eastern Bloc and document a range of 20th century design, illustration and book covers, with a slant towards Eastern European aesthetics on my blog and archive Kuriosas

I also work as a Photographer producing street portraits of people around the world, having worked for a variety of international publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, Telegraph, Vogue, Elle and Nylon Japan. 

My images of older people to capture and promote 'Positive Ageing' have been featured by the recent School of Life book 'How to Age,' in the Age Culture Humanities Journal produced by the European Network for Ageing Studies and used by the Institute for Longevity, Royal Society of Medicine and Guardian Weekend Magazine. 

I currently work as a character illustrator on children's wellbeing publications and projects, and as a cultural partner and researcher alongside scientists on arts and health projects at King's College London, more on this work here

I am always interested in potential opportunities and collaborations in the UK and abroad

aliwinstanley@gmail.com