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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.
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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
Thursday, December 24
Wednesday, December 23
Tuesday, December 15
As a mark of one month since our Christmas market, we've put together a little slideshow of shots from the market as a reminder of how awesome it was!!!
Well, until next time, check out upcoming markets in WA in the run-up to Christmas! Are you finished your gift-buying yet?
Friday, December 11
Tuesday, December 1
If you'd like to be featured in a Tuesday Ten forward a link and a pic to Lauren, or comment on this blog post with a link and a picture link.
All handmade. All from WA.
Thursday, November 26
Monday, November 23
Head on over to ETHIKL for a great online marketplace open to anyone who produces or wants to shop for:
Friday, November 20
Thursday, November 19
Visit their website for more details: www.treasuredcraftcreations.com.au
Friday, November 13
This week has been NUTS for great opportunities for you all, and soon we'll be starting an extra blog so all the information doesnt crowd our little customer-fans inboxes (hello buyers! how are you?)
A lovely girl named Emma-Lee is starting up a new store in Woolongong, and needs some beautiful handmade items to go in it! Contact her for more details, click on the image!
Thursday, November 12
Gotta love a festival about coffee!!!
1ST LANEWAY MARKET FOR FREO ON SUNDAY THE 29TH OF NOVEMBER 12-4PM
Products must be either:
HAND-MADE LOCALLY PRODUCED OR IMPORTED PRODUCTS
VINTAGE OR RE-CYCLED CLOTHING BRIC-A-BRAC OR WARES
HOME MADE FOOD/PRODUCTS OR LOCAL PRODUCE
Stall fees are $15-20 each depending on their size.
A Map of the lane has been attatched if you have a preference as to where you would like to be situated for the day.
The market will run between 12-4pm with a 10am set up time.
There is a loading zone on high streeet opposite Retro Vinnies 130-134 High St Femantle Opposite Tropicana cafe and the Old Victoria Hall.
You are asked to provide: ONE 1.8m TRESTLE TABLE AND CHAIR SHOULD YOU WANT TO SIT. ONE UMBRELLA AND STAND IF YOU HAVE AN OPEN-AIR SPOT AND WOULD LIKE A LITTLE SHADE YOUR OWN MONEY WHICH IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY. YOUR OWN DISPLAY MATERIALS RACKS FOR CLOTHING ITEMS ETC...
If all of this suits you and applies to you then please let Sophie know if you'd like to be part of the First Laneway Market for Femantle!!
You can send Sophie Dunham a short e-mail stating whether or not you would have preference on a stall number and what product you intend to sell on the day at email@example.com
Have fun everyone!
Wednesday, November 11
Monday, November 9
“What does an urban playground, a miniature film studio inside a sea container, and a City Within a City conjure up for you?"
If you would like to add more detail to the image then go to http://awesomearts.com/festival/.
The Awesome Arts International Festival for Bright Young Things is coming to the Cultural Centre (and other venues) from Sunday 22 November to Sunday 29 November inclusive. The Markets has just had a very very successful weekend with The Northbridge Festival. The program for Awesome Arts truly looks awesome and will attract a huge crowd. The Markets will complement this with bigger range of creative talent stalls, activities which nestle within the theme of the Festival and multicultural food to fill hungry tummies. This is an opportunity for the Creative Talent of WA to be on the same ground as a premier international creative event.
If you would like to be part of The Markets on these two weekends then simply go to www.theperthmarkets.com.au and complete the stallholder application form. Shared stalls will be available at a cost of $35 per day plus $8 public liability insurance.
Thursday, November 5
Now if you have a great appreciation for superior workmanship and captivating visual delights then Mr Worsley's glass creations are for you!
Not sure if you've come across this before but I just had to share. I am currently in love with Luii accessories! - http://www.luii.com.au/
Now not only does the little lady from Luii make us these delightful items, but her love of all things crafted caused her to start up her own online handmade shopping site Strawberry Jam, I highly recommend you check it out - http://www.strawberryjam.com.au/
Sunday, November 1
Well now you can celebrate your fine flat females again as local Perth illustrator, Megan Isabella creates her own miriad of vintage inspired paper dolls. Swirly hair, rosy cheeks and toddler like cuteness, these little pieces of art are just too adorable. Take a wander through her blog and check out the inspiring collection of guys and dolls drawn from real people in her Paper Doll Project
Now this is not the only string to Miss Megans bow, just CLICK HERE and you can view her whole portfolio of whimsical, beautifullly rendered designs. If thats not all, Megan will then put on her teaching cap and share with her delighted readers the tips and tricks of life in Lessons with Miss Megan. I cant get enought of this gal!
Hello all you lovely people who are designers, creative types and appreciators, welcome to our first blog competition!
The Made On The Left Marketing Gurus (SarahG, SarahD, Felicity, and Lauren) are currently expanding our Merch range from art posters and badges to include such lovelies as tote bags for your shopping ease, and... Bumper Stickers, so you can wear your MOTL loyalty on your sleeve (or car, or school file, or design folio... or anywhere really!).
The design for the totes wasn’t much trouble (I (osier) had a go at illustration at it was really fun!), but we decided to let you guys at it for the bumper sticker, and reward you for your efforts with a tote bag and a few other super-duper knick-knacks... what a fab prize!
The guidelines are:
1. Must include the words "Made On The Left"
2. Must be
3. We'd love it to have a super cute slogan like "honk if you're made on the left" or other such nonsense!
4. You may use our text logos for the design, but not our posters.
5. Visibility from a distance will be judged favourably.
6. Must be submitted to Lauren@madeontheleft.com by Sunday the 8th of November.
Yup, that does mean you have less than a week to come up with a design!
Better get cracking! (We hope to have them for sale at the November Hyde Park Hotel event)
Any questions can be posted in the comments, and please link to this competition on your blog, we want as many entries as possible!
Thursday, October 29
Here's a taste of what to look forward to... click the image to be forwarded to the website.
Tuesday, October 27
A little about me, I began as a Murdoch graduate in Marine Science and Biological science which lead me to a position in the Department of Water as essentially an environmental scientist. Almost three years and one thought provoking jaunt around South America later, I knew the life of science wasn't for me. I hung up my survey khakis and threw myself into a hobby which had always bordered on obsession, the continued and endless search for THE perfect vintage piece. I now have to-die-for vintage apparel coming out of my ears as well as a proud collection of vintage jewellery, handbags, homewares, shoes and menswear.
Thursday, October 22
The Walk Against Warming (WAW) is a national event that brings together thousands of people in cities and towns across
In 2008, close to 100,000 people participated in WAW in 28 locations across Australia. We are expecting to have over 1500 people participating in the event held in Perth this year. The WAW event will be a great opportunity for organisations such as yours to promote your products and services or provide information to the community on climate change and what they can do to contribute to reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
This year, the WAW will be held at Russell Square, Northbridge. After initially assembling at the Perth Cultural Centre, people will walk through the streets to Russell Square. From 11:00 – 3:00 pm the community gathering will include children’s activities, speeches by special guests, music and media events. There will be plenty of opportunity for people to visit the stalls.
Since places are limited and priority is given to our sponsors, please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to exhibit a stall and provide an indication of the stall area you would like. Space will be allocated on a ‘first come-first served’ basis. No power is available.
The cost to non-affiliates and businesses is $100.
To register your interest in exhibiting a stall at the WAW or for further information, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 20
2009 - 2010 Mandjar Markets.
The Mandjar Markets will be commencing on Thursday 12/11/2009 and will
run until 04/04/2010.
Thursdays 5.00pm - 9.00pm Twilight Markets
Sundays 11.00am - 4.00pm Mandjar Markets
Held on the Eastern Foreshore of Mandurah. All enquiries can be made
through the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
Telephone 08 9550 3222, Email email@example.com
Thursday, October 15
+61 8 9432 9555
Wednesday, October 14
An event is being organised for the
As part of the activities, we will be showcasing local artists, who can display and/or sell their art, jewellery, or whatever it is they create. There will be no charge to participate.
Please contact the below person for more information
0410 285 469
Tuesday, October 6
Monday, October 5
Special Events Officer
City of Joondalup
The East Fremantle Festival is on again this year on Sunday, 6 December from 1:00pm until 7:00pm. George Street will come alive with an artisan market of handmade products, three stages of non-stop entertainment, free rides and amusements for the kids and much more!
The artisan market, the main feature of the festival, is a maker’s market, where all stall holders are required to have had substantial involvement in the design and production of the arts, crafts, body products and local produce. Your stall products must be handmade by you - the artisan.
Market Criteria: This is not a market for imported goods (even if you designed them), bric-a-brac, 2nd hand goods etc. Local people hand making their products cannot compete with the prices of imported goods, so if you have some imported goods in your range you will not be allowed to sell them at this market. You can be refused entry to the market on the day or asked to leave if you are selling imported goods at the festival. If you are unsure about whether your goods fulfil this handmade criteria, please call me direct to discuss it. Sorry to ‘harp on’ about it, but it is really important that all goods are handmade by you and not imported, to keep my intention of the original artisan market (launched at the 2007 festival).
Please note, I do have to limit the amount of jewellery stalls and other product lines, otherwise it affects the uniqueness and range of products in the artisan market.
Market details are as follows:
Date: Sunday 6 December 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue: George Street, East Fremantle
Stall cost: $55. No commission payable.
Insurance fee: $27.50 (if you don’t have your own public liability insurance, this fee is payable)
Standard stall space: 3mx3m
Stall equipment: stall holders to provide their own shade shelter and to be responsible for securing it to the hard road surface (sand bags etc)
Table hire: you can hire a table through me for $16.50 per 1.8m table (or supply your own)
I will need your expression of interest by next Friday October 9 to guarantee you a place in the artisan market.
If you would like to take part, simply email Cynthia Williamson Cynthia@ccequipment.com.au or call and ask for the artisan market info and application form.
If you have any questions about the festival, especially the artisan market, please call me on 0415 649 265.
East Fremantle Festival Coordinator
0415 649 265
Wednesday, September 30
Last year's participants will be able to tell you that the Christmas market was a winner for stallholders and visitors alike, and this year we are building on the success of the July market to offer two days of different stallholders for *extra* handmade goodness.
In coming weeks look out for the unveiling of the Christmas market poster art, plus the coordination of our Christmas Charity raffle for Charitylink.
Tuesday, September 29
DATE: 5th December 2009
TIME: 10:00 -4:00
LOCATION: City Farm, East Perth
CONTACT: Sandra Bryans
0437 176 629
"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness." Gandhi
Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to participate in Swap-O-Rama-Rama as staff. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. At Swap-ORama-Rama consumers are taught to be creators and this transformation takes place through the local talent in the community. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is seeking artists of all calibers, recyclers and creatives of all kinds for the following roles:
publicity, artist taught DIY workshops, designer run sewing stations, silk screening, fashion show production, reuse designers for a recycled fashion show, sorters (get first dibs on clothes) and general help.
Publicity: If you can help with print and other media publicity, we'd love your help promoting this exciting event.
DIY Workshops: If you have a unique skill that transforms would be trash into a wearable item (clothing/jewelry/handbag etc.) please consider bringing this to Swap-O-Rama-Rama in the form of a DIY workshop.
Sewing Station/Fashion Show: If you're a whiz behind a sewing machine and work with reuse, consider being a Swap-O-Rama-Rama designer helping people learn how to mod the used clothing they find at the swap. And join the Swap-O-Rama-Rama fashion show and show off your creations.
Fashion Show production: If you can co-ordinate and manage a dynamic, freestyle fashion show, we'd love your ideas and input.
Silk Screen Crew: If you're a silk screener and would like to join the silk screening crew, offering your fresh designs to bring used clothes back to life, please get in touch!
Music: What's a party without music? If you are a DJ or have a band, we'd love to hear from you.
Example: Previous workshops - http://gaiatreehouse.com/makerfaire07.htm
Previous Swap Images: http://gaiatreehouse.com/makerfaire/luizaleite/luizaleite.html
Previous Fashion Show Images: http://gaiatreehouse.com/makerfaire/luizaleitefs/luizaleitefs.html
About Swap-O-Rama-Rama: http://swaporamarama.org
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a Creative Commons Project: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Treehugger Pod Cast: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/03/treehugger_tv_t_1.php
"This Swap-O-Rama-Rama event is part of an international network of non-profit events created by Wendy Tremayne and protected under a Creative Commons License."
Sunday, September 27
Christmas at Home Fair
Saturday December 5, 2009
The Christmas at Home Fair is a free community event that will bring together local exhibitors in a day that celebrates quality and craftsmanship. Set in
Children will have the opportunity to create their own Christmas decorations as well as other workshops including Christmas Peg Dolls, Hand Made Christmas Cards and Old Fashioned Christmas Crackers.
Take a visit to the Tea Rooms and sample Christmas Pudding served with fresh preserves from our local orchards, home made shortbread and freshly baked mince pies.
Some of our finest producers will be on display so bring your Christmas list and you may just find an extra special gift. Highlights of the day will include classical music from local musicians and the drawing of our Christmas raffle. This will be a day of traditional and contemporary art and craft for all the family.
Applications for Stall Holders are available from the Bridgetown/Greenbushes Tourism Centre or through the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 24
Lekias’s chic but hollow characters are caught in actions that belie their stylish presentation. Streams of sugar gliders burst from pimples, party girls vomit a technicolour variety of whale breeds and hundreds of fainting couches trickle from a bleeding nose.
A strong sense of the ridiculous and bizarre pervades the black and white ink illustrations, which are illuminated with vivid splashes of watercolour in lolly-like hues. Rich in symbolism, the works draw on dreams, memories and the artist’s personal narrative to explore themes including childhood and an innocent fascination with bodily functions.
Lekias describes the main theme of the exhibition as the expression of a total loss of control.
“The characters I draw have no real will or power of their own, but act as narrative vehicles inhabiting a surreal, dream-like world”.
“They are subject to the normal bodily functions that we don't usually talk about and keep hidden behind the scenes, but with strange but beautiful twists.”
Lekias’ work also adorns album covers and promotional pieces for local band Sugar Army.
Tuesday, September 15
We at Made on the Left are pleased as punch to announce the:
This special preview will enable people to have a sneek peek at what some of our artists will have to offer the following weekend at the November MOTL Market, as well as see all the other amasing stalls and activities of the Darlington Arts Festival, held over two days annually in the hills artist villiage Darlington, less than an hour from Perths CBD.
Applications to be part of our artist preview are now open, preference will be given to stallholders who will have a table at the November market, but past Made on the Left sellers are also encouraged to apply.
Please visit our website for the application form, and contact Lauren with any questions.
Saturday, September 12
I am often asked how I balance working, running a (very) small business, raise a family and find time to create. The answer? I don’t. But I try my best and sometimes, and only sometimes it just all comes together. And life rocks.
I use Flylady as a tool – establishing routines that allow things to run efficiently when I am on shift. This means everyone in the household (children included) have a role to play – the boys have tasks allocated to them, my husband steps in when I go to work and takes over the homework/dinner/mad evening rush… whatever works for you. I also created a 100 Day Action Plan for myself (based on Empire of Delight founder Jacquie's idea to implement structured change to her life and business venture)
There are always times when present circumstances require a different mix. Leading up to the birth of a new child, final exams, sudden unemployment..... life just happens. Accept this and you are halfway there. Sometimes you may lose your mojo. Perfect break time. Do something different! I picked up my papercrafting this week after a two year break and it was so much fun!
Now you may think I am crazy for adding this to the mix, but I strongly believe that by giving back to your community, you are strengthening the bonds that keep society together and enriching your life in the process. Giving should be encouraged from early on, supported in schools, and widely implemented in workplaces. I want my children to see this as part of their social obligations. How? Money isn’t always the answer. Perhaps you have a skill that a local school group or nursing home would love you to share. You could donate your handmade pieces for a fundraiser at your local school. Donate blood, volunteer on a committee with similar interests to you…..you are limited only by your creative imaginations.