OUR mission statement

MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers with the intention to support Western Australian creative talent that was just starting out in the world.

Being on the left hand side of Australia no longer

means you'll be at a disadvantage.

Our aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels. MOTL is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. You may wonder why we promote other markets besides MOTL; it’s because it’s not about us, its about you; the buyers and sellers of indie wares. Here at the blog, you’ll discover up to date information about our latest market, the low-down on some of Perth’s emerging talents, other opportunities for artists and designers and a little bit of fun stuff too. It’s all right here… welcome!

Tuesday, April 15

Mother's Day Markets

Palmyra Western Farmers Market Mother's Day Pop Shop Art/Craft Market is on the morning of Sunday 27th April from 8am – 12pm. This will be held alongside their weekly Farmers Market. Stalls are from $50. Stallholders will need to bring all equipment e.g. trestle tables, chairs, etc.  To apply, contact Pally Pop Shop on pallyfarm@live.com or 0433 433 077 during normal business hours. All applications must be received by COB Thursday 24th April.

Subi Farmers Market will be holding a Mother's Day market on Saturday 3rd May from 8am. You will need to bring along a 3m x 3m marquee and trestle table to display your products. To apply, send a few photos of your product asap to Anna - manager@subifarmersmarket.com.au

Monday, April 14

Mukinbudin Spring Festival Market Day

The Mukinbudin Spring Festival is the highlight of the Mukinbudin events calendar, with past festivals attracting up to 1000 people from all over the wheatbelt and beyond. The Mukinbudin Spring Festival Market Day will be held on Saturday 13 September, 2014 from 10am - 4pm.

After the Market Day finishes, everyone will move over the Sporting Complex and oval where there will be a helicopter “Lolly Drop”, a catered meal and bar with free entertainment and music. During the festival there are many activities including art workshops, tours of the local area (including the beautiful granite rock nature reserves), free entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show.

Stalls cost $10. Indoor and marquee positions are available to early registrations and will be allocated on a first in, first served basis. Limited power is provided, so if your stall is a heavy power user, you will need to provide your own power.

If you would like to register a stall at the Market Day, please contact Ruth Poultney for a registration form on 0407 385 123 or via email at
mukinbudin.spring.festival@gmail.com. Applications close Friday 15 August 2014.

Friday, March 14

Earth Cloth workshop

Create an earth cloth to represent a conversation between you and the elements of the bushland. The birds, the plants, trees and earth. Connect to the energy of nature and interpret it in cloth using three different techniques.

With a combination of natural dyeing, printing and stitch you will be able to record your feelings, impressions, sounds and smells of the natural bushland.

To be held over 2 days you will learn to develop these techniques into a cloth that will be suitable for a wall hanging or cape or something of your choice.

Date: Two Day Course: Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 April 2014

Time: 10am - 4pm daily

Venue: Henderson Environmental Centre, Star Swamp Reserve, Groat Street, North Beach

Cost: $60 per person

Presenter: Pauline White

Book here: http://earthcloth.eventbrite.com.au Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Friday, March 7

Made on the Left KickstART Markets workshop

Join Made on the Left for a workshop and networking session as a part of the KickstART Festival! With the KickstART Markets fast approaching, the Made on the Left team will be discussing everything you need to know about selling at markets, with heaps of handy tips about developing your creative business, including;

- Pricing your products/services
- Stall aesthetics
- Tips and advice for selling at markets
- Approaching shops for wholesale
- Coming up with your business name
- Branding and packaging for handmade products;
- and much more.

You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with other independent artists and small business owners.

Past stallholders at the KickstART Markets have found this workshop incredibly beneficial and useful to their business and art practice. We strongly encourage everyone who is in the early stages of building their creative business or practice to come along. Entry is free.

When: Thursday, March 13 from 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Where: Venue in central Northbridge TBA
Register through the Propel website: http://www.propel.org.au/events/1356

Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA in celebration of National Youth Week, the KickstART Festival is a massive series of events designed to spark your creativity. The KickstART Festival will be serving up an assortment of arts workshops, performances, discussion forums, live music, special events and activities from 5 - 26th 
April, 2014

Thursday, March 6

WAFTA workshops

The WA Fibre & Textile Association (WAFTA) has a few workshops coming up ranging from learning the basics of crochet and knitting to the more unusual working with gut and mud dyeing.

Images (L-R): qiuyuehanjiang01.blog.163.com; knitfrillsfood.com; craftsbee.com

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Knitting & Crochet – 1 day
Where: Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora
Date/Time: 16/03/2014 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price: Members $75, Non-members $125
With Anne Williams and Susan Walsh

Spend a day in the company of two fantastic tutors learning the basics of knitting and crochet either from scratch or as a refresher.

Many of us have dabbled in knitting and crochet, but how many of us really understand how to read a pattern without getting lost, how to shape and create all those amazing stitches, how to fix problems, and how we might use these skills in our creative or artistic projects... or just to yarn bomb that tree in your front yard!

Use this as a standalone course to up-skill, or to prepare for WAFTA’s Prudence Mapstone’s freeform knitting workshop coming in the autumn. Choose between spending the day knitting or crocheting, or do both with half a day on each.

12 places available. To book a place visit www.wafta.com.au/events/workshop-introduction-knitting-crochet/

Images: Judy Dominic

WORKSHOP: Gutsy Stuff with Judy Dominic
Where: Alexander Park Craft House Clyde Road, Menora
Date/Time: 23/04/2014, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price: Members $150 (Early Bird $125 until March 10th); Non-members $175

When not being used to hold sausage together, gut is a very elastic material that sticks to just about anything and dries firm and semi-transparent when stretched. It can hold structures together, be used like a string, create walls or form a flexible shape. A great material to use, play outside the box – or rather, outside the tube – in this off-the-wall workshop.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience from beginners to practising artists in a small dedicated class.

To book a place visit www.wafta.com.au/events/workshop-gutsy-stuff-judy-dominic/
Images: Judy Dominic

WORKSHOP: Mud Cloth with Judy Dominic – 2 days
Where: Alexander Park Craft House Clyde Road, Menora
Date/Time: 26/04/2014 - 27/04/2014 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price: Members $300 (Early Bird $250 until March 10th); Non-members $350

The seemingly simple white design on black background cloth represents the serious artistic manner of telling the stories of village life in Mali, Africa. Learn about the traditional method of
bogolan fini - dying cotton cloth with mud – as well as how that process is modified two different ways in the Dominic version.

During the workshop you will create your own story designs using local muds on cotton and other natural fibre cloth. Connect with the earth and gain an appreciation of the Mali culture.

This workshop is suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced dyers wanting to try something different in a small dedicated class.

To book a place visit www.wafta.com.au/events/workshop-mud-cloth-judy-dominic/

Tuesday, March 4

Light Locker Art Space

Left: Amber Cloudberry Harries. Drift.Sink.Settle, 2013. Right: Tiffany Moffat. Sky Crystals, 2013. Image courtesy of James Graham.

Light Locker Art Space, Roe St Carpark Arcade. Image courtesy of James Graham

Light Locker Art Space at night. Image courtesy of James Graham

The Light Locker Art Space is a public exhibition space showcasing 2D and 3D works from local artists aged 35 and under. Its sister space in Grand Lane, Perth, has showcased new works from more than 50 young artists since its inception in 2011.

Artists, groups of artists and curators aged 35 and under are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to develop an exhibition for the Roe Street Light Locker space.

Check out the Expression of Interest brief, view architectural drawings of the boxes, and submit an application online.

Please contact Katie Lenanton on 9481 3181 (Monday to Thursday) with enquiries.

Venue: Light Locker Art Space
Venue Address: Roe Street Car Park Arcade, entry off James Street, Northbridge
Apply to exhibit: http://foodchainperth.com/lightlockers/eoi/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Light-Locker-Art-Space/245364605542029

Urban Couture 2014

Urban Couture provides a platform for Western Australian fashion creatives and beyond to showcase works in a series of events throughout March. The mission of Urban Couture is to support home-grown talent in generating industry exposure.

Now in its fourth year, Urban Couture has become a leading program in the Perth fashion calendar. Urban Couture aims to transform unconventional spaces into places of popular fashion happenings.

The 2013 program was an overwhelming success, supporting over 50 designers and 30 artists in a program of 14 events attracting over 30,000 visitors. In collaboration with the Joondalup Festival, Urban Couture 2014 is set to put the spotlight on designers, artists, illustrators and photographers nationwide.

Expressions of interest for 
Urban Couture 2014 have closed, however if you are interested in being involved and would like more information please call 9400 4230.

Markets Under The Pines stallholders wanted

Markets Under The Pines is Perth's newest market, situated in the picturesque grounds of Curtin University on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 4pm. The first market will be on Sunday 6th October, 2013 with stalls encompassing local produce, sumptuous food and innovative artisans' creations and lots of entertainment for the whole family, including an animal farm, pony & train rides.

If you are interested in being a stallholder, fill in this form or contact Jenny, the Market Co-ordinator by phone: 0407 612 110 or email: info@marketsunderthepines.com.au

Monday, February 24

Music in the hills: for clean water

Music in the hills: for clean water is a fundraising event for charity:water, a non-profit organization, to raise money to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
It will take place at the Affinity Café in Roleystone on the 30th March. It will have a picnic theme with a beautifully decorated outdoor space, live music, dance, entertainment, market stalls, raffle draws and silent auction.
They are seeking sponsors to donate prizes for the raffle and silent auction. If you would like to donate something, contact Janet by email.
For more information and to make a donation to the charity fund, go here:

Music in the Hills: for clean water facebook event page:

Madeit Colouring Book - submissions open

Online handmade market, Madeit, are accepting submissions for their first Madeit Colouring Book. This is an all-age book that can be used by children & adults.
  • The artwork will need to be a black line artwork
  • Your artwork can be based on one of your artworks or items or it can be a new artwork that you think would work in the book.
  • Your submission can be for adults or children
  • Your store name & url will be included on the artwork page.
  • Final submission of artwork will need to be high res (300dpi) for printing and scan in at the largest possible size. File type to be a jpg, tiff, eps, pdf 
  • Final size of the book will be A4
  • You will be supplied with 2 copies and have the option to buy more at wholesale rates to on-sell yourself at markets. 
  • The book will be able to be bought in our madeit store and online and will be sent to media as a promotion tool.
  • You must have an active madeit store to be apart of the book
- By submitting your artwork you give madeit the permission to include it in the Colouring Book
- Your artwork will only be used in the Madeit Colouring Book
- Madeit may use your artwork in promotion of the book.

If you would like to be involved, send your artwork ideas to advertise@madeit.com.au by Friday 28th February.

Final high res artwork will need to be supplied by 15th March.