Alister lives in Dundee. He started stitching on a regular basis in 2008 and does all of his work by hand and works in various styles. One of his current projects is the Dundee Tapestry where he is part of the design team.
He was a member of the group who stitched the Juteopolis panel of Victorian Dundee for the Great Tapestry of Scotland. He is also a member of the Dundee Stitch & Textile Group.