I came across this short video from Sarah Wilson's blog. It's about Ben Shewry (chef/owner of Attica Restaurant in Melbourne) educating his son about the dangers of over-harvesting abalone. Both the beauty of this father/son relationship and their appreciation for the sea is impressive.
We partnered with Lackner//Buckingham design firm to develop our iPad app for volume two. It debuted in the Top 20 Lifestyle apps, and hit #1 for the same category in Canada. This was the best way for us to integrate the diverse content of our contributing artists onto one platform.
Once a year, when the weather turns cool, we retreat to a cabin. High atop a mountain, surrounded by trees, far from everything.
With leaves crunching under grey autumn skies, we head inside and settle for the weekend.
No computers, no cell phones, no plans. It's a time to relax, reconnect, a break from the routine.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Kinfolk.
A playlist of songs to whet the beauty and solitude of the winter season. Winter embodies such a rare starkness. The days are shorter. The air is crisper. The light is somehow different. The earth's palette darkens. Sparse boughs creak over the soft glow of our homes. These quiet notes flit and arc like a canopy of starlight. Harnessing us into the season.
This was definitely the most interesting shoot we've had for Kinfolk. There was smoke, baggy bee suits, and 10 or more stings. The wildness of the shoot was contrasted nicely with the calming process of extracting and harvesting the honey. We finished our day with a simple meal of bread and honey, and each of us went home with jars to share.
We have never eaten outside in December, that we can remember. But this weekend we found the courage and were in the mood for the challenge. It was minus eight degrees Celsius and snowy. We found a spot in the park by the frozen river. We cooked salmon in a cast iron pan over the fire, and sweet potatoes with onions and fennel in tin foil. We kept our mitts on mostly, and pushed our feet toward the fire for extra warmth. We roasted chestnuts. The light left early, just as we filled our plates. We ate in the dark.
We thought we'd share some holiday cheer for those averse to tinsel and glitter. This holiday mobile is the first of three simple decorations we'll post here, all using the same materials—foliage collected outside the house, winter berry, twigs, and twine— but with different results.
I kick my shoes off and curl up on the couch. A steaming cup of cocoa is warming my hands. The fragrant scent of pine from our freshly cut tree slowly fills the room. I see strands of lights blinking as the snow silently falls past my window. It is a peaceful end to a hectic day. The perfect way to welcome the season.
The list of shops and businesses carrying Kinfolk is growing, and it's been interesting to meet the store managers and owners who have welcomed this project into their spaces. We thought we'd start showcasing them with a regular stockist feature here on the journal, and Dunderdon NY seemed like a great place to start.
It's been a dream of mine for some time to attend one of the dinners hosted by Outstanding in a Field. Coined as a "roving culinary adventure", their mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food. I'm most impressed by the way they manage to make a 150-person dining experience feel warm and intimate.
Kinfolk Volume 2 will be released next Monday, December 12. Its essays and photographs explore the joy of spending time with friends and family during the winter months, through brisk morning walks, warm fires, and seasonal meals. We’re sharing a teaser of the mood and theme of this winter volume, and we’re all very excited to share the full edition with you.
Ilove fall foliage. The trees that gave us blossoms in the spring are now weighed down with little berries and crab apples. The colors of nature all coordinate so well, the bright colors are balanced out by the rich evergreens and the browns of leaves that fell the week previous. It is ridiculously hard for me to walk around the neighborhood and not pick things off of trees...
Every time I visit Utah, my friend Eleanor and I make it a point to cook together. This time we combined our mutual love for the mountains and root vegetables. Tinfoil Dinners and baked apples made for a delicious campfire dinner to enjoy with friends. - Alpha Smoot