About Paisley

Paisley Ali is an adult third-culture kid from Taiwan, Canada, Japan, USA and Saudi Arabia. Her globally mobile childhood, which also included many trips through the Middle East, Africa and Europe, gives Paisley a unique ability to create original children’s stories, illustrations and school curriculum from a cross cultural perspective.

She is a writer, a multi-disciplinary artist and a teacher.

She has created an MG novel and a picture book (click on menu above to view) and has also served as copywriter and social media specialist for several educational NPOs and businesses.

Her painting, photography, text-art, video and ceramics have been exhibited in several national juried shows including a national film festival and a Smithsonian affiliate museum and are also included in the UCLA Fowler Museum Cultural Archives.

Paisley has taught world arts & cultures, studio art, photography, ceramics, and interactive art history in children’s museums, galleries and schools across America for over 15 years. Her subjects range from Japanese Haiku Gardening through Beatrix Potter picture books and Octavia Butler Science Fiction to Neon artists, and her teaching credits include the Huntington Library and the LA Public Schools.

An honors UCLA Arts grad, Paisley has received grants from the National Arts & Accessibility branch of the California Arts Council and UCLA Arts Council and was a featured artist at the UCLA 2017 Disability as Spectacle Conference. She is also a certified preschool literacy, Montessori, gym and art teacher who has taught early childhood workshops at Florida Southwestern State College.