OUR mission statement

MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers to support Western Australian creative talent. We hold bi-annual handmade craft markets to showcase local designers.

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!

Wednesday, November 26

More Graduations - Jewellery This Time

So what else do the particpants of the MOTL markets do? Well obviously quite a few are, and have, studied in their artistic field. Here's and email we just recieved:

My name is Sally and I took part in the most recent MOTL markets that was held. I am a jewellery designer currently studying at Central Tafe.
I am almost finished my studies and we are having our graduation show on in a few weeks.
I would love to have it listed on your sites calender as I feel many people would enjoy coming and seeing the beautiful handmade works from graduate jewellery designers. It is free entry. The details are as follows:

Opening Night: Thursday 11 December at 6:30pm

Central Tafe, 12 Aberdeen Street Northbridge

The Exhibition will run from the 11-17 December

Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-4.45pm
Sun 1pm-5pm
I hope everyone goes down for a look!

Monday, November 17

Osier in the Hills Gazette

Here at Made On The Left we work really hard to get exposure for the designers who become involved in our events, so we were very pleased when Lauren from Osier had a story published in the Hills Gazette. Congratulations Lauren!

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Denmark Market

Denmark Arts are inviting new stallholders to the award winning annual Denmark Market Days. New stallholders producing visual art/craft or growing/producing fresh produce and small scale/community fund raising food stalls providing fresh healthy food are sought to add to the village atmosphere of the Denmark Markets.

First established in 1981 the Denmark Markets has become a showcase for Denmark's craftspeople, entertainers and arts community. Held only four times a year it now attracts a great array of stalls and provides free entertainment throughout the day to over 8,000 visitors each year. The Denmark Markets aims to provide an outlet for regional craft, art and performing arts in a village atmosphere. The stalls are an essential part of the Market Day, with handcrafted, innovative designs encouraged.

The 2008/2009 dates are:
Saturday 13th December 2008
Saturday 10th January 2009
Sunday 25th January 2009
Easter Saturday 11 April 2009

Where: Berridge Park on the Denmark Riverbank, Hollings Road, Denmark WA. Sites for 100 handmade art, craft, home-produce and fresh food stalls with free entertainment all day.

$55 Stall site (3mx3m)
$20 ‘kids stalls’ - stallholders under 16 years
$20 ‘shared site’ - ‘card table size site’ (1mx1m)
Applications for stall sites are available from Denmark Arts; (08) 98483623 Thursday

Application form available on website: www.denmarkarts.com.au

Tuesday, November 11

News from the western front

News is spreading about the second Made on the Left Market this coming Saturday 15 November at the Hyde Park Hotel, West Perth.

Check out this article from this week's Western Suburbs Weekly:

Monday, November 10

Oxford St Market Opening Announced

Yep, the new markets just keep on coming! It is great to see so much support for independent design popping up all over Western Australia!

Oxford St Market

The final council approval has been given for an outdoor market to be held this summer in the park at 100 oxford street (a short 100m walk from the train station). This new weekly highlight will be a very positive addition to Perth, providing a space for independent designers, artists, fair traders, and collectors of vintage and rare items to sell their goods. The new Oxford St Market will launch December 6th, and will run each Saturday from 9am until 5pm until the end of the season on March 28th.

Interested in being a vendor? Contact Katrina Thomson on
0414676684 or at oxfordstmarket@mail.com for an information pack.

FYI From the MOTL team - You can choose to share a stall ($65 - 3 x 1.5m), or have your own stall ($130 - 3m x 3m). You are provided with a sun protected marquee but tables and display equipment are not included in the exhibitor fee. What a great way to get some exposure without having to outlay the traditional setup costs for an outdoor market!

Vincent Cappuccino Festival 2008

Driving around North Perth, you may have seen signs up about the upcoming Cappuccino Festival. With markets, local crafters, coffee and chocolate.... what could be a better day out? Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 6

Perth's Design Students are graduating!

So it's the sticky end of the academic year...
There must be some relief and jubilation for our next wave of Design students out there!
Check out the new talent:

DESIGN me...

2008 Graduates Exhibition for Central TAFE's Furniture and Industry Design students

QV1 building foyer, 250 St. Georges Tce. Perth
Open to public from 18th - 21st November 08

Curtin Design Graduation Exhibition

Building 201, Level 3 corridor and Level 4, room 18.
Curtin University
14 - 18th November 2008

Wednesday, November 5

St Jerome's Laneway Festival - Stallholder Callout

Another opportunity for the artisans of Perth:

The legendary St Jerome's Laneway Festival is finally crossing the red centre and coming to Perth with its boundary-pushing line-up on 6th February 2009.

Featuring a quality line-up pitched straight to the heart of discerning music fans, the boutique street party delivers a collection of bands that lie left of centre, hand-picked purely for their amazing live shows. With an indie cinema, art installations, ten pin bowling, boutique fashion markets and cocktail bars, the 2009 Laneway Festival will give music fans a full day of sonic revelation. The Laneway Festival is heading west for an extra special twilight show at Perth Cultural Centre - a truly exceptional urban space right in the soul of Perth City. Be a part of Perth's very own cultural revolution.

We are currently making a call-out to local artists interested in being part of this inaugural Perth event. We are looking for contemporary pieces with strong lines and/or a street art feel or influence. Works will need to be in digital format and will be projected via laptop on to the side of a marquee wall at night.

A similar opportunity is also available for Stereosonic on 30th November 2008.

If you would like to be a part of the St Jerome's Laneway Festival or Stereosonic please contact Sally
sally@sunsetevents.com.au by Wednesday 12th November with a quote for your services.