The Kinfolk Folks, Part Two

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Hello again! Gail O’Hara, the managing editor at Kinfolk magazine, here again. This is part two of my mini profiles for the lovely team of individuals I work with at the magazine here in Portland. The first post (The Kinfolk Folks, Part One) featured those of us who are in the editorial and art departments and the people you’ll get to know a little bit about today are from more of the business and events side of the magazine and product line. Find what we do in our Kinfolk magazine, our online stories and films, our The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings book and new brand and product line, Ouur (see Jen’s recent feature about the collection). Thanks to Jen for having us and to everyone for reading!

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JULIE POINTER
What you do at Kinfolk: I always wear a number of hats, but lately I’m known as the Community Director (planning worldwide events) and I’m focusing on a new project. Best thing about the office: We function as a weird, loving little family within white walls, a rotating display of live and dried plant life and surrounded by piles and piles of magazines. 

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California strong>PDX neighborhood: Buckman What you want for breakfast every day: I can’t stop eating smoothies. Favorite dish to make: My favorite simple brunch dish to make is hearty toast slathered with honey goat cheese, some sort of sweet jam or compote and a poached egg on top. Not sure that’s considered a dish, but it works for me. What you like to bake: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies–my recipe is in The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings book. Fave PDX restaurants: Navarre and Sweedeedee Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): I’m notoriously bad at choosing favorites, but one artist who sticks out in my mind is Robert Rauschenberg. He always inspires. What you read: I always return to Annie Dillard, no matter how many times I’ve read her books. Your signature footwear: Most days it’s clogs of some variety, but I’ve been getting into a new pair of Supergas (Italian sneakers). They might be my new spring staple. Top shop: I’m always a sucker for Portland shops: Palace, Beam & Anchor and Lowell. When I’m home in Santa Barbara, it’s not a complete trip till I’ve made it to Pierre Lafond Upstairs. Top 5 albums: Nick Drake, “Pink Moon”; Loney Dear, “Loney Noir”; Iron & Wine, “Our Endless Numbered Days”; Mutual Benefit, “Love’s Crushing Diamond”; Efterklang, “Magic Chairs” A perfect summer day: Breakfast on the porch with a good book and coffee. Spend all day at the beach/river with pals, reading, snacking and dozing. Return home late in the day for a backyard barbecue. One adjective that describes you: Resourceful.

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JESSICA GRAY
What you do at Kinfolk: Oh, lotsa stuff! Studio Manager. Best thing about the office: Green plants and white walls. The simple, clean space allows for a clear mind. Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon. Home of the Beavers and the best pizza in the state. PDX neighborhood: Clinton/Division. What you want for breakfast every day: Eggs from my chickens, toast and coffee. Your signature dish: We copied the breakfast rice bowl from Sqirl in LA and eat it at least once a week. What you like to bake: Julie’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, of course (find the recipe in The Kinfolk Table)! Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): I happen to be particularly fond of the contemporary painter Luc Fuller. What you read: Mainly garden books and art books. Your signature footwear: Rachel Comey Mars boots. They go with everything! I’ve worn my way through two pairs now. Top shop: Ace hardware. I go nuts in there (ha ha). One adjective that describes you: Simple.

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NATE TICKNOR
What you do at Kinfolk: Service Manager Best thing about the office: My co-workers–they’re the best! It is the most beautiful office I’ve ever worked in, but it’s the people that make it great. Hometown: Columbus, Ohio. I’m a Buckeye born and bred and will always love Columbus. It’s a great city worth checking out! (HK editor’s note: I once ate a burrito as big as my head in Columbus–no joke! And the thrift shopping was epic.) PDX neighborhood: Brooklyn What you want for breakfast every day: What I want: Eggs over easy, thick-cut bacon, buttered toast, a glass of OJ and lots of coffee. What I eat: The same exact cold cereal every single weekday. Favorite dish to make: I really enjoying cooking meats of all variety, especially on the grill. What you like to bake: My wife, Laney, loves to bake and is so talented that it would be futile for me to interfere. I like to sit on the counter while she bakes. Fave PDX restaurants: Horse Brass Pub and Pine State Biscuits. Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): Ernest Hemingway or Nathaniel Hawthorne. What you read: I read East of Eden about every year. Otherwise, I stick to historical nonfiction–especially biographies. Top 5 albums: At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash, Into the Wild by Eddie Vedder, The Lion King soundtrack, Gettysburg soundtrack and any one of my many random high school era mixes. Your signature footwear: My great-grandpa’s moose-hide house slippers. Top shop: Every antique bookstore. A perfect summer day: On the coast, wake up early, stay up late, lots of good food, family and friends, and plenty of time outdoors. One adjective that describes you: Antiquarian

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KATIE SEARLE-WILLIAMS
What you do at Kinfolk: Business Manager Best thing about the office: Inspirational Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon PDX neighborhood: NE What you want for breakfast every day: Baked grapefruit. Favorite dish to make: BBQ chicken What you like to bake: cookies Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): My sister-in-law, Kelly Searle is all of these and inspires me endlessly! What you read: I listen to podcasts mostly, and watch TED talks! Your signature footwear: Zara boots Top shop: Another Story One adjective that describes you: Resourceful

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PAIGE BISCHOFF
What you do at Kinfolk: Oversee all accounting. Best thing about the office: The people who work here. Hometown: Mission Viejo, California PDX neighborhood: Hollywood District – NE Portland What you want for breakfast every day: Eggs with avocado and toast. Favorite dish to make: White Bean Chili What you like to bake: Bread Favorite writer, artist, photographer, designer (one or all): Really enjoy photography by Leo Patrone, Laura Dart and Carissa Gallo. What you read: A variety of books from baby to business. Your signature footwear: Basic black flats. Top shop: Madewell One adjective that describes you: Effervescent (the edit team chose this word for her)

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DOUG BISCHOFF
What you do at Kinfolk: Director of Business Operations Best thing about the office: The office potlucks. Hometown: Mission Viejo, California. PDX neighborhood: NE Portland What you want for breakfast every day: Bagel with cream cheese or an egg on toast with avocado. Favorite dish to make: Grilled cheese sandwiches. What you like to bake: Bread Favorite writer, artist, photographer, designer (one or all): Amanda Jones and the Gallo duo What you read: Monocle Your signature footwear: Depends on the day. Top shop: Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver, BC One adjective that describes you: Peculiar

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Thanks Gail and the Kinfolk team! It was fun finding out a little bit about the people who make it all happen! Make sure to read The Kinfolk Folks, Part One.

PHOTO CREDITS: 1-5 & 8 are all by Gail O’Hara. 6 & 7 by Katie Searle-Williams.

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