Ever since the debut issue of Kinfolk, I’ve been drawn to the creative community of contributors – especially the thoughtful writing, styling and imagery. Editor Nathan Williams and his team are continually delivering page after page of inspiring and aesthetically pleasing content.
On the personal front, I’m especially honored and beyond thrilled to be published in the most recent issue (Kinfolk Volume 6). I contributed a piece titled “Loose-Leaf Bookends” — a meditation of sorts on loose leaf tea and creating rituals for being present and more attentive. And, a wonderful image created by photographer Ryan Robert Miller provides the perfect pairing.
It’s hard to put into words, but I find that reading through Kinfolk brings about a unique sense of nourishment (both the creative and cerebral varieties). I’m often tempted to dig into a new issue in one setting. Instead, I force myself to savor the content over the course of days and weeks, carefully selecting a particular essay or series of images to fully settle into and enjoy (often accompanied with a cup of tea and a carefully chosen reading venue). Sometimes the selected words and images serve as a needed diversion from the day-to-day….but more often than not they bring about a comforting connectedness.
The Kinfolk manifesto: Every element of Kinfolk—the features, photography, and general aesthetics—are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends.