Ali Pretty is best known as the founding member and artistic director of the international outdoor arts company – Kinetika, which she founded in 1997 after a long established career in carnival arts and a growing commitment to community engagement work.
Ali has collaborated with, and led teams of artists to deliver large-scale events to diverse audiences all over the world; from WOMAD (1985 – 1991), FIFA World Cup (2009), the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In recent years Ali has been developing her practice as an artist in her own right. She creates transformational walking arts projects with diverse communities. Through these projects, Ali brings people together by walking, talking and making.
Ali’s own work is influenced by her extensive experiences in India and Trinidad over the last 30 years. She is currently completing her Carnival Archive at the V&A that launches in Spring 2015. She is interested in developing her writing and has recently received a qualification in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia having successfully completed a Memoir Masterclass at the Guardian led by Damian Barr. Ali is developing a new body of work that combines her writing with her skills in design and illustration to tell the story of her creative journey.
As part of the Product Development and created as part of the 3month long ‘Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses’ project at Wiltshire Museum with Richard White in 2013 – Ali’s eight, silk ‘escape maps’ now feature as a stunning collection of silk scarves, handkerchiefs, and printed greetings cards. A website was made especially for the project here.
Inspired by the secret maps carried by British servicemen in WW2, Ali also combined the rich heritage of the Wiltshire landscape to create this series of unique designs, which not only map the Wiltshire landmarks and mark poignant historical artifacts but also trace her own personal journey along the White Horse trail.
100% Silk scarves and pocket squares, and greetings cards are now available to order.