This gorgeous new coffee table book, Wild Kinship, is a collection of conversations with the best in conscious small business. In it, NZ writer Monique Hemmingson talks with 28 inspiring creative entrepreneurs, people forging a new path and changing the world in their wake - including clothing designers, coffee bean roasters, skincare brand founders, tiny-home builders, potters, permaculturists and more.
It's also a book that's as lovely to look at and to hold as the content inside. It's filled with seriously beautiful lifestyle imagery by NZ photographer Erin Cave and has been printed in small batches on recyclable paper, with vegetable inks.
I've been dipping into it a little at a time, with my journal beside me so I can note down ideas, thoughts and advice that resonates with me, personally and professionally. There's so much gold in these pages, about operating a conscious business, yes, but also about balancing your livelihood with your lifestyle, about community and connection, and about making choices that improve our own lives, the lives of others and the life of our planet.
I had a chat with Monique about the journey to creating this book, what she learned from the people she met, and what she hopes you and I will take from Wild Kinship...