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!

Saturday, May 30

Terrible Yellow Eyes

I'm sure everyone reading knows of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. I personally love the book. The story is brilliant and well written, the illustrations are just superb and the whole structure of the book is genius. I analysed it as part of my honours project and it made me realise just how great a book it is. I'm also looking forward to the movie, if you haven't seen the movie trailer take a gander right here...


To get more of a fix of Wild Things, take a look at this website called "Terrible Yellow Eyes" created by illustrator Cory Godbey. He has invited a number of excellent illustrators to join him in creating artwork inspired by the book. It's still a continuing project so add it to your blog reader and delve into the magical world of the Wild Things, and perhaps join in on a wild rumpus or two!

Thursday, May 28

Next Made On The Left Market - Get Your Applications In!

Upcoming Market : Made On The Left at the Hyde Park Hotel

We are proud to announce that the next Made on the Left market will run over two fabulous days - Saturday & Sunday, the 25th & 26th of July 2009. We’ll be returning to our previous venue, the Hyde Park Hotel, from 10am - 4pm each day and the Made on the Left crew will make a point of enjoying hot chips and cold beer with our craft (it is winter after all! We tell ourselves the extra carbs are needed for warmth...).

Not only will there be two whole days of designer goodness to look forward to, but this weekend will feature completely different stallholders on each day. Our cunning plan has two major benefits; we’ll be able to showcase more great local talent over the weekend, and our customers will have even more choice – especially if they drop in both days!


PDF Application

Word Application

Then submit them to admin[!at]madeontheleft.com

or via snail mail -

Made On The Left

PO Box 449

Cannington, WA, 6987

Don’t leave it too long – applications close June 20!

Wednesday, May 27

Illustration Inspiration

Being an illustrator, you need inspiration from somewhere. Sometimes I get it from random objects or something I see in a magazine or on TV. When I look at other illustrator's work, if it speaks to me it makes me want to draw. Here are some illustrators that really inspire me at the moment...



Hsinping's work is so cute! I especially love the first one with the little men things. Website. Shop.



These are so wonderful! I love the Japanese style used.
By Coqumaho



Bettycat has such a unique style and the lush colours used makes me want to use my paints so bad!

City Of Joondalup Community Art Exhibition

City of Joondalup

2009 Community Art Exhibition

11 to 27 June 2009 – open during shopping hours

The Great Space, Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City,

Joondalup Drive, Joondalup

Support our local artists!

The City of Joondalup is pleased to invite you to support our local artists, enjoy some wonderful and engaging artwork and help judge the Popular Choice Award.

The City of Joondalup Community Art Exhibition is considered the premier, annual event for local artists. Each year it attracts over 100 artworks, showcasing the diversity and talent within the Joondalup region.

Prizes are awarded for artworks in a range of categories and you can vote for your favourite artwork – and go into a draw to win a great prize!

Free, informative tours of the exhibition will be led by the City of Joondalup Curator. No pre-booking is required.

Free public tours:

Wednesday 17 and 24 June, 11.30am – 12.30pm

For more information go to click here or call 9400 4705

Monday, May 25

Bunbury Made On The Left

A short while back we had a Made On The Left Market in Bunbury - the first time we've gone regional. It was fantastic to see so many participants = both in sellers & buyers. We had a great time and can't wait to go back, making it even bigger and better then before!

Here are some photos from the previous event -

Sunday, May 24

I Love Etsy

I (and pretty much everyone else on the planet) LOVES Etsy. Handmade stuff totally kicks the ass of mass produced stuff you buy from Target. Here's a taster of things I'm coveting at the moment...

W.A. sellers

I love stationery and how sweet would it be to write in this one?
by little mo and friends

I'm a Libra so these earrings are just perfect!
by Thylady

One day I will get myself this purse, it is just too cute to live without.
by Osier

This fat little unicorn is so cute! Gotta read the comic one day...
by Campbell Whyte of Hometime

International sellers
Imagine this sitting on your mantlepiece....AWESOME
by In the Woods

This gorgeous art print is called "Tea time with Mr.Boris"...I want to have tea with Mr.Boris!!!
by Teri Chung

by Petit Plat

How comfortable would this be to wear! I want it so baaaaad...
by Emily Ryan

What are you coveting right now from Etsy?


Friday, May 22

Guest Blogger #1 - Niina Aoki

Hello everyone! I'll be your guest blogger until the 1st of June! Thankyou to the ladies of Made on the Left for inviting me, I hope you will all enjoy my posts.

So who am I?

New Hair 1

I'm 23 years old and still at uni, this year I am doing my Honours in Design (Illustration). On the side since last year I've been making stuff under my name. I'm also the one responsible for illustrating the previous Made on the Left market poster.


I have a thing about rabbits as you can probably guess from above! I don't even own a rabbit and cats are my favourite animals, but for some reason I really like drawing rabbits and can't draw cats. It's something I really need to work on. You'd think that I would be able to draw my favourite animal!

I also really love fashion and want to incorporate that love more into my illustration, hopefully I'll kick myself into action and produce something soon. I seriously haven't done any serious drawing for months now, too much uni is distracting me.

I also love love LOVE watching movies! So expect a post about my favourite movies soon. I'll try to post as much as I can in the short space I have. Some posts will be about me so you can get to know who I am, and other posts will be informational or inspirational (hopefully!).

Thanks for reading, and see you soon


Sunday, May 17

Fremantle Bazaar

It is that time of the year again - registrations are now open for Fremantle Bazaar. Check it out on their website - FAC