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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
Friday, July 31
Those of you in Perth, I went to watch it at the Windsor in Nedlands. It was cheap Tuesday day so my best friend and I went to watch it for $9.50 not bad not bad.
In this film Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel is played by French Actress Audrey Tautou. Her performance was alluring. I think she played the part well.
The movie was heartbreaking, funny and entertaining at the same time and at the end, you can see her signature Pink (?) Chanel Suit. My best friend and I were elbowing each other when we saw her rolling the fabric out.
I will not say more about the movie just in case you may have not seen it, but if you have nothing to do on a Tuesday night, head down to the Windsor in Nedlands and see it.
Wednesday, July 29
I went to the Made on the Left Markets on both days and was excited to see all the vendors. Some of them I know and some of them I have read in interviews on other blogs. I thought it was a great idea for the Made on the Left team to have it over 2 days so that they could let more people in.
Photos above were taken by me and you can see more of them on my flickr album. Please send any photos of the Market that you have to the girls of Made on the Left I think they would appreciate it a whole lot because they were so busy on the day that they couldn't find time to take some.
Tuesday, July 28
September 5 and 6 sees the Perth Fashion Festival hit the streets of our glorious city. On Saturday 5 September The Markets @ Perth Cultural Centre is hosting 12 of the 40 stalls involved in ‘Outskirts’ – an initiative of the William Street Collective to support local designers and artists. The Markets will specifically platform:
Ali J Art & Illustration
Ignite Gear & Redskull Enterprise Accessories
X Marks The Spot
Martha and Lilly
Together with ...
And on Sunday 6 September Unwrapped will ‘neighbour’ The Markets in the Cultural Centre Precinct.
In addition to these 2 event full days our very own on site Tango dance club will be making its impromptu debut on the Saturday while emerging Design students from Central College of TAFE will make their second appearance over the weekend. We are also in discussions with another dance troupe for Sunday. This weekend promises to be a big one.
As part of the Perth Fashion Festival, The Markets @ Perth Cultural Centre is launching their niche ‘market bazaar’ sites together with themed weekends for new and emerging designers and artists to retail their creative talents in a prestigious environment at a low cost.
Each weekend 7 separate marquees will be erected individually in the main walkway centre of The Markets with three sides available in each for rental at $25 per side. Each side will accommodate one 2.5 metre table or two smaller 1.2 m tables generally retailing at just under $50 each.
Each marquee will therefore accommodate 3 small designer businesses with a total of 21 centralised ‘Market Bazaar’ sites available in the main ‘Triazza’ between the Art Gallery, the State Library and the Museum, commencing on the weekend of The Perth Fashion Festival. Pedestrians and shoppers will find themselves drawn into The Market’s Bazaar alleyways to find Perth’s designer and creative gems. These sites are only available to retailers of locally designed and made creative items.
And on the 3rd weekend of every month The Markets will feature handmade artisan and designer wares , with promotion targeted to the exclusive shopper and tourists in Perth, whilst the 1st weekend of every month has been earmarked for handmade clothes, toys, books and entertainment for the ‘Young at Heart’.
Every weekend our Market Bazaar alleyways will form the centrepiece for handmade uniquely designed time intensive fashion, arts, jewellery, giftware, bags, makeup, and more. Multicultural Fun and Living the Green Life feature as our themes for the 2nd and 4th weekends respectively. Delicious foods, Bollywood dancing, environmental products, are just part of what will be appearing and expanding as Spring springs into our lives.
If you are interested in exploring our emerging platform for the promotion and retail of Perth’s creative talent from our city’s cultural precinct then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0405 900 162.
The Markets @ Perth Cultural Centre
0405 900 162
Monday, July 27
- I was born and raised in Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia and I am of Iban also known as the head hunters of Borneo, decent.
- English is not my first language so I apologise if I make any spelling and grammatical mistakes.
- I am 29 going on 80 years old. I suspect that I have an old soul living in me. I call her "Ruby".
- I live South of the River with my partner, 2 kitties, Toby and Missy and a Greyhound named Walter.
- I work full time as a PA to 3 Lawyers. A hard job, but I love it.
- When I am not busy Assisting, I craft. I know how to bead, crochet, knit and sew. I am not an expert in any of these craft but I have enough knowledge to successfully make something basic.
- I use to have an Etsy store selling simple jewellery but it's on a break at the moment due to the work load that I have at the moment.
- I also love photography, fashion, reading,watching Gilmore Girls, Friends, Will and Grace and Sex and the City over and over again, hiking and playing netball.
- I enjoy going to designer's markets with my best friend, Tiff.
- I also do a lot of volunteer work with the Greyhound adoption program and also helping out the people in need in Nepal, my partner is Nepalese.
- My favourite colours are Red and Mustard Yellow.
So sit back, have a cuppa and prop your feet up and relax.
Blog: Life in Mono...
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R2-D2 Fish Tank
The wind blows the blossoms in the garden. The monk breathes in. The air is crisp; the world is good. The only thing missing is some tea. Alas, the tea tree branches are too high and the mountain face is too steep. He stops in thought. His monkey, however, knowing his master wants tea, climbs the mountain face, picks the leaves, and brings them to the monk. And the tea was so delicious, other people began training their monkeys to pick it. So the legend goes.
Nowadays the practice of monkeys picking tea has all but died out, except in one small remote village where they still continue this remarkable tradition. No monkeys are harmed or mistreated in order for us to bring this rare brew to you!
The Glove and Boot Drier
The Glove and Boot dryer will accommodate most boots, shoes, gloves and skates, has four drying posts for drying two pairs simultaneously, and uses convection to dry safely and thoroughly without the worry of damaging items or setting them on fire. Its dual illuminated on/off switches allow to focus on one post set or the other – either front or rear, or run all four posts in concert. It also has a compact, folding design to allow for easy storage.
Thursday, July 23
I love online shopping for supplies, usually for the convenience of it and i especially love it if the online shop takes Paypal.
Here are some of my favourites - enjoy !!
Sunrise Imports - a one stop shop for the market stall holder
art supplies, scrapbooking, kids crafts, wool, beads, great array of display items for markets, and many many more items.
Feathers Fashion Fantasy - this online store stocks the largest variety of feathers in Australia for fly-fishing, millinery, weddings, fashion and the entertainment industry, huge array of different feathers in every colour imaginable, look out for the Showgirl Headpiece !
Julie Fleming Melbourne - Melbourne's Leading Milliner established 1989
Julie is Australia’s leading Milliner and she trained in London with Philip Somerville, whose client list includes the Queen, The Late Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Kent as well as many stars of stage and screen. Julies online shop offers headbands, jewellery, hats, bags, vintage items and silk flowers.
Chinatown - so much more than a online shop, like a physical Chinatown, this site is a virtual, interactive Chinese community in Australia. More than just a source of the latest news, finance and entertainment, Chinatown's lifestyle-oriented content is unique in Australia. Chinatowns online shopping section is large colourful and very exotic, paper lanterns, paper fans, parasols, home decor, candles, boxes, bags and lots more.
Embellish Direct - your one stop online accessories shop for embellishments!
EMBELLISH DIRECT provide secure, online shopping for embellishments and more from the comfort of your home or office - shopping couldn't be easier!
Feathers, brooches, floral supplies, rhinestones, powder puffs, feather boas, and crystals.
Closer to home...
Homecraft Textiles - 1039 Albany H'way St James. A incredible store, filled with unusual fabrics, indian saris, notions, trims, ribbons, beads, buttons, rugs, well worth the visit, they have a sister store in Mirrabooka. Once a year they do a 50% off sale, usually early in the year, huge crowds swarm through the door for amazing savings. Take your husband, but only to help carry everything.
The Bead Company - based in Osborne Park, this family run business is well known for a great variety of beading items, I think its Perth's best bead shop, definitely my most favourite. Lots of parking and a kiddies play area.
Scrapbook Secrets - paper, ribbons, stamping, invitations, card making, a large shop in Maddington, they have an extensive range of products and very friendly staff. Open everyday except Saturday. A great way to spend Sunday afternoon, browsing their aisles.
Spotlight - of course !
Flowerpack - East Perth, Flowerpack is an importer and wholesaler for products used by Florists and gift packaging professionals. With fashions constantly changing, they are regularly introducing new products to keep our customers at the forefront of current trends.
Wednesday, July 22
Here's a few to drool over that I found off etsy.
Clockwise from top left: Happy family, Deadworry, Tinymonster (she'll be at MOTL on Saturday!), Pussyfoots.
Monday, July 20
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Ive always been very curious about where people do their crafting, whether they would have a proper studio, thats seperate from the house, or a spare room thats been turned into your own little piece of heaven.
At the moment I am working on our dining room table, since the birth of our 2nd child I have lost my work room, its not ideal, but it will do for the meatime and until then I am dreaming of my perfect work space.
Martha Stewart and Amy Butler have the most incredible work spaces, obviously when money isnt a problem you can whatever you want, one day I hope my work space is as functional and stylish as theirs !!
Sunday, July 19
...Yes, I am talking about the July installment of Made On The Left market! Being held in the warm and cosy (which if next weekend is anything like this one, we'll all be grateful for) Hyde Park Hotel all weekend long, with a new mix of artists each day! We've had some lovely press (due to lots of behind-the-scenes work!) from the local papers and bloggers, hopefully ensuring a great turnout on both days, so make sure you come along and enjoy all the handmade goodness on offer. If you'd like, you can take a look at the photos of some of our past markets in our Flickr pool...
See you There!
Saturday, July 18
Sunday, July 12
When I had my first daughter I had just finished a uni degree in painting and found it increasingly difficult to paint with a baby in the house. For one thing babies are unpredictable and some days
they stick to the 'routine' and some days they don't . This doesn't leave a lot of room for planned long periods in which to paint and its also quite difficult if you are covered in paint and the baby cries (not to mention some paints and paint products being non-baby friendly). I was also in a house which did not have enough space to really set up my paints and leave them there.
My solution to this at the time was to change mediums and I started to play around with polymer clay. I figured I would pick up painting again when things were better set up. That was almost four years ago now and I'm still playing with clay.
Now that I have a one year old things are back to square one. As my first daughter grew older she was able to understand more about 'don't touch' but having a second baby means you are starting again. We also moved house just before baby number two and our new house has even less room, in fact there is no spare room that I can use at all in which I can shut the door.
Its now that my cravings to paint are increasing once again so I am at the point of trying to work through solutions for this. When I use my clay I tend to get it out at night and spread across the kitchen table and then pack it up again before bed (important as I use a metal skewer and a blade for my work) but I did discover one day that I need to get the clay out during the day as well.
I had an order that I really needed to fill and so I had been trying to clay while my daughter was off with her grandfather. They arrived home early and while we were chatting my daughter went over to my clay table and proceeded to pick up the clay and squish it (including some of the little shaped apples I had made for the order). Of course I quickly took the clay off her and packed it all up.
The next day she had her playdough out and I noticed that she was rolling out the clay (she was only 2 and a bit) instead of just smooshing it. It was then that I realised that she was copying what she had seen me doing when she came home early the day before. She told me to get out 'Mummy's playdough', so I did and we had a good time playing together. She learnt very quickly how to roll and shape the dough through copying.
Since then I have been a lot more flexible with sharing my creativity with her, whether it be clay or paint. I have included her in a few things and let her see what I'm doing and she learns so much faster.
Crafting with kids around is always tricky but I do think that if you are a creative person you need to allow them to become involved from as early as is safe. Let them see what you are doing and allow them to play with your scraps (paper, fabric etc...) or even give them their own safe version of what you are doing. Include your kids and you will be rewarded in the long run.
Happy crafting everyone and thanks for reading my blog posts for the last couple of weeks.
For as long as i can remember I have been making things, I have 4 siblings, all but one is crafty, I've always said its genetic and we are following in Mums footsteps ! Mum over the years had many hobbies and interest in crafts, painting, drawing, pottery, knitting, crocheting, macrame, sewing and needlework.
As children we lived quite isolated, my father was a lighthouse keeper at Cape Leveque, north east of Broome, we were taught school at home by Mum and Dad on School of the Air or by correspondence Distance Education, our lessons were flown in in a tiny plane every 2 weeks along side our mail, food and supplies. In later years my brother and I would ride a 3 wheeler motorbike to and from school at One Arm Point. After 8 years at Leveque we moved to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse near Dunsborough.
Ive dabbled in painting, drawing, knitting, jewellery, and paper crafts over the years, but making button bouquets is definately the most enjoyable and rewarding, particularly since ive started making wedding bouquets. I take great pride in my work, every order I take is very special and receives acute attention to detail, from start to finish. I like to think of my bouquets a heirlooms that can be handed down from mother to daughter.
To make a bouquet I use hundreds and hundreds of buttons, silk and satin flowers, diamonte embellishments, old pieces of jewellery, wire, ribbon and other things that ive collected over time.
I buy some of my buttons from a wholesaler, just to keep up the quantity that i need and also to keep prices sensible, I also buy buttons from Ebay, Etsy or anywhere else can find them, I love to shop online for embellishments, trims, ribbons, feathers, crystals, brooches or anything with a bit of sparkle, I'm a bit of a bower bird, love anything with bling and diamontes.
Some bouquets can take days to make, others can take hours. I love the process of selecting buttons and goodies to embellish the bouquet, quite often I work on the floor in front of the television, normally late at night when everyone else is asleep. Having 2 children can make it very hard to keep to a schedule, and of course with weddings and brides there are schedules to keep and every bride wants their bouquet to arrive well before the wedding, there are some days when I just cant get anything done, so working at night has become the norm to me.
My most proudest crafting experience ? Exhibiting a piece at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for Art in Bloom 2008. Very surreal and rewarding to see something I have made in an art gallery !
Thanks to the ladies at Made on the Left for having me as a guest blogger, I will return soon with another post about some of my brides and other things that interest me.
Photos below show my most favourite bouquets...
Thursday, July 9
Letters4lilly - paper flowers, wedding button bouquets
Planet Lime - resin jewellery
GetSilvered - chainmaille & Metalwork jewellery
Princesslotta - fun jewellery, beading
17threads - embroidered silk jewellery
Odd Girl Out - retro styled jewellery
Osier - fun /quirky/ vintage themed jewellery/accessories
Polyclarific - polymer clay jewellery, home-wares and beads (pictured right)
Cocoa Pod - jewellery: silver-smithing and beading
ThyLady - victorian style jewellery
Tea For Bini - paintings/illustration, journals, magnets, brooches
Ali J Art - Art, illustration, accessories, stationery
SusanMossArt - Art, prints, cards, photography
DaraArt - drawings, paintings, recycled paper
Niina Aoki - illustration, crafts: home-wares, plushies, accessories
Little Mo and Friends - Stationery, art & illustration (pictured right)
Wild Celery - Zines
Smithandbird - Children' s gifts and clothing
Two little Banshees- fabric soft toys and bags
One Fat Slug - hand dyed yarn
PipandEmily - laser cut designs
Delight Society - soap, bubble bars and bath bombs (pictured right)
For a more extensive list of WA hand made talent, please visit this page on the Market section of Made On The Left. If you scroll down you will see a long list of sellers that will be appearing at the upcoming market from July 25-26.
Monday, July 6
2. Creativity and Kids is always an interesting combination, how do you find the time to do something so hands on while looking after them?
We have gone through phases when the children are happy playing on the floor around me or happy drawing and playing by themselves and then some weeks I can get nothing done during the day and have to do it all at night. The older two are in Kindergarten now so on two days a week when Evie is asleep I sew as fast as I can! Saturday mornings has become my time while everyone else in the house goes out for milkshakes.
3. Are there ways that you include your kids when you are making things?
It is getting much easier to involve the girls as they get older. They love playing with my fabric and all the scraps. They learnt from a very early age what they are allowed to touch and not touch (like scissors). I have big bags of buttons they like to sort through and beads they like to thread. They have started talking about wanting to learn to knit and sew.
4. Any tips for Mums (or Dads) out there who are wondering how to balance both kids and being involved in the hand-made industry?
I wish I did - it has been a learn as I go process. I am still trying to find the right balance. It is usually quite crazy around here, but I hope they grow up seeing that they can combine work and a hobby and their work can be something they really love doing.
5. Where can we find you on the net?
My blog is
I sell my toys and bags.
and my hand dyed yarn can be found here
Friday, July 3
My name is Sarah, I’m 21 and I live in a character home in a sweet little leafy street with my partner Niels, who is from Belgium. Our next door neighbours are musicians which means we are often accompanied by a melodious soundtrack while taking our morning showers. Luckily we have a similar taste in music to them!
For the large part of the year you can find me reading textbooks, as I am in my 5th year of a combined degree in Law/Arts(Communications) at UWA. I also work a couple of shifts a week at an optometrists, where I help people choose glasses. Although most of my time is taken up working and studying, when I get a spare moment I love to get crafty! Not only is it creatively satisfying but it also saves me from drowning in all that legalese.
2. Your shop name is very interesting, how did you come up with that?
I spent a lot of time browsing etsy, seeing what was out there already and listing other names that I liked so that I would have an idea of what I wanted. ‘Bini’ was my starting point as it was my nickname at high school, formulated as a sort of cross between/shortening of ‘albino’ and ‘Albertine’ (the former because I had woefully pale skin, thanks to my Irish Dad, and the latter as a character from a book). My friends were clearly creative (albeit in a convoluted way!).
While I was sitting down brainstorming my shop name I happened to be drinking tea and it struck me how it seemed to be a habit of mine to work more creatively when I had a cuppa in my hand. Walah – Tea For Bini was born!
3. What sort of items do you make and sell?
I’ve sold a variation of items since starting my etsy store about 2 years ago, but can confidently say that I’ve reached a point where I feel there is a real sense of cohesion about my existing product lines. I think most people associated Tea For Bini with my whimsical block canvas paintings of paper aeroplanes. However, the project I hold most dear is my Outdated Technology series, which features illustrations of things like VHS tapes and floppy discs on little round canvases. I began creating these drawings/paintings when I noticed how much people value and enjoy reminiscing. Now, instead of merely verbally lamenting the extinction or declined use of their beloved (and sometimes even mundane) works of technology, they can hang a painting on their wall and thereby immortalise the memory.
I also sell decorated moleskine journals and some other little tidbits such as magnet sets and brooches (I had to made at least one product that was wearable!).
4. I hear you will be selling at the upcoming Made On The Left market, is this your first physical market? Are you looking forward to it?
Yes, that’s right! You can find me there on the second day – Sunday 26th July. I’m super excited as it will be my first ever market. I have always wanted to sell at a MOTL event but have been overseas or had exams scheduled on the same dates as the previous ones.
I’m looking forward to it very much – first and foremost for the novelty of having my own stall (yay) but also as a learning experience. I’m familiar with many of my fellow sellers’ work and I must say I am very lucky to be included with such a talented bunch of West Aussies.
It’s a bit daunting to think of all the preparation I still need to do, but also really fun brainstorming creative ways to display my work. As I’ve traditionally only sold my work online, I’m especially looking forward to meeting some of my buyers face-to-face.
5. What are your hopes for Tea For Bini' in the future?
Well there is a good chance that after the upcoming MOTL market I will have all these lessons and new knowledge under my belt which I will want to use/test again – so perhaps some future markets will be in order. Ideally I would love to be able to further expand Tea For Bini once I graduate and have the time to do so.
6. Where can we find you on the net?