We had the good fortune of connecting with Ainsley Hutchennce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ainsley, how does your business help the community?
This question is something I ask myself almost daily because as I get older (now 36.5 years old) I am constantly looking for ways to add meaning & purpose to my work-life. Since its birth in 2013, Sticks & Stones online mag/insta has always been a home for the perfectly imperfect, the beautiful bizarre & the incredible diverse creatives who challenge the norm. With a history in the fashion industry, & being a mother of a 14-yr-old-girl, it’s particularly important to me to showcase a different beauty standard, one that doesn’t subscribe to the impossible expectations put on women every day via media. It’s about celebrating uniqueness & realness! In the curated world of social media, this is becoming increasingly important. I wanna see some goddam stretch marks!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Like most creatives, I have my fingers in many pies! Sometimes I wonder if I dedicated all of my time to one pie instead of fingering multiple pies if I would have got further so much quicker. But I really don’t think I could have it any other way. I am allergic to having the same day twice & so spread myself over various creative outlets. I am a fashion photographer, curator for my online magazine – Sticks & Stones & annual hardcover book – Shelflife (just released vol.2), curator of art shows, we have an online store from which we sell prints by photographers all around the globe, I design Sticks & Stones merch with my partner, I love to write for my blog & hope to have a book out very soon, & I am a mum, which might be the most creative job of them all since she’s the best work of art I ever made, I’m making it all up as I go along & it’s by far the longest & most emotionally consuming fucking project yet! The biggest challenge for me has always been valuing myself! But this all changed once I heard about Picasso’s little bar encounter. Picasso does a doodle on the napkin, signs it, screws it up & puts it in his pocket as he leaves the bar. A guy walks over to him to ask if he can keep it & Picasso says, “Sure, that’ll be 30,000 euros.” The guy says, “30,000? That took you five seconds.” Picasso says, “No, that took me a lifetime.” As a creative everything we ever learned & experienced to this moment is poured into our work & this is fucking valuable! I have been a full-time creative for almost 10 years now, but it wasn’t until I heard this story that I started valuing my time & energy properly!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I feel very lucky to have been born & still based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia! Most days feel like a holiday if you have flexible work hours! When freinds from out of town visit it’s usually because they want to drink beer on the beach. There is a lot of that here! My favourite coastline here is Noosa. It never gets old & still takes my breath away every time I visit. The perfect day here would start with a walk through the national park where you will mostly likely spot a koala, a turtle or some kind of lizard. Then head to Bistro Sea on Hastings Street for breakfast on the beach. Then head to one of the many incredible beach breaks in Noosa. Back to Hastings street for lunch & cocktails & a quick look at all the amazing local boutiques. Back to the beach & then dinner 5 mins up the road in the Junction at Somedays – the best pizza in town! Oh that reminds me, I need to call them to make a booking for tomorrow night! brb. Repeat for the next 5 days.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oooh this is tricky because there have been so many people in my life who have supported me & helped shaped who I am as a human. My mum raised me as a feminist. My first business partner Penny Lane taught me about the importance of networking with other creatives. My amazing daughter Ula Coco reminds me every day to stand firm in my beliefs, to listen to my gut & speak up! She’s amazing! I have always been big on reading, & so there are many books that have taught me so much about myself & business. The latest one being ‘Women Don’t Owe You Pretty’ by Florence Given. My partner Matty Bouris for helping me bring Sticks & Stones to a whole new level. Lastly, without giving him too much airtime, I would really love to shoutout my early adulthood ex. Without him, in my life, I don’t think I would have the fuel to continue fighting for women & equality. He forced me to stand up for myself & escape a horrible relationship with him which was built on misogyny & emotional abuse. I got a taste of what many women have to deal with inside of their own homes & it has become my life’s mission to help as many women out of those situations as I can!
Instagram: @sticks_and_stones_agency – https://www.instagram.com/sticks_and_stones_agency/
Facebook: Sticks and Stones Agency
Youtube: Sticks and Stones Agency – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNPo38Jv_awVVMGFraLoXHQ?view_as=subscriber
Other: Online store – https://shop.sticksandstonesagency.com/ Personal insta showing my photography – https://www.instagram.com/ainsleyhutchence/
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