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!

Friday, June 12

New Poster Design by Helena Tay

We are so excited to release the new poster design for the upcoming Made On The Left Market!!! We commissioned the amazing Helena Tay to create an illustration for the poster. Keep your eyes peeled, you'll start seeing it all over town! She's done a fantastic job, we are so pleased to support homegrown talent in any way we can.

But of course, we couldn't just release the information without asking her a little bit more about herself.

Your name –
Helena Tay

What inspired the illustration –
If you’ve seen my work you will know that trees play a large part in my drawings. So I was tinkering around the idea of dressing up my tree with larger than life tools used by artist and crafters. Things like needles, colourful thread, buttons, paint and pencils. I wanted to create something fun and humourous because that’s part of my style too.

By the way, that’s Toe the tree mouse flying in the air.

Links to you –
This is where I am mostly at. I’ve got a cubby house and some animal friends to party with. Come on over!

I blog about my art too:

And twitter a bit:

Why you want to be involved with Made On The Left –

I am a West Australian artist myself and I know how hard it is to get your art and name out there. I wanted people to know that there was a support team (MOTL) based in Perth, dedicated to promoting West Australian talents and if they were artists and crafters like the
rest of us then they should come over and join the network!

It’s also obvious that the west aussies are relatively quiet and timid in the arts scene compared to our friends over east. I would love to see the same kind of vibe and excitement happening in WA and I would love to see more arts and cultural events that would help showcase more West Australian talents.

I’m pretty excited about the coming Made On The Left market. I think we’ll be seeing a surge of west aussie talents!


Cocoa Pod said...

Helena, oooh! I adore it and loved learning a bit more about you. Hope to meet up with you at MOTL market!

helena said...

hahaha! Neato!

Looking forward to MOTL 2009!Can't wait to meet you too renee and all the super talented west aussies:)


wevegotpaper said...

Beautiful poster, Helena! xox