For the tender pages of issue 39, we found some family-sized love from some very different parent-kid combinations, giggled at quirky portraits of seriously beardy men, wrote odes to suburbia, and looked back at the past 12 months with creatives like Myf Warhurst, Karen Walker and Sally Seltmann.

Welcome to the making of awesome things. Our tools of the trade spread documents all the little items that go into making art, music, shoes, jewellery and tattoos.

For this issue we took a leafy tour through the backyards of five Australian creatives (minus the poke around the compost pile), goggled in amazement at teeny retro dollhouses, remembered how we learnt the facts of life and learnt how to set a posh dinner table.

Inside we chatted to the happiest worker-minions in the world from the offices of Etsy, Sub Pop and Vivienne Westwood, squealed with glee at pretty vintage paper dolls and learnt how to grow our own miniature gardens.

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