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!

Thursday, October 29

Exciting News!!!

Yes! Finally the vendor list for out market has been released on the website! Lots of new talent, plus the old favourites, make sure you come both days so you dont miss that perfect gift for someone's Chrissy present... or you!

Here's a taste of what to look forward to... click the image to be forwarded to the website.

Tuesday, October 27

New Guest Blogger : Tara from The Ginger Fox

Hey there, howdy and hi Made on the Left readers, my name is Tara Fox and I own The Ginger Fox an ever growing collection of delectable vintage clothing and accessories. At some point in my lengthy web travels I stumbled across the Made On The Left website and was so to happy to have found a site that supports and celebrates local creativity and good ole DIY. Now I am tickled pink to have the opportunity to be a guest blogger helping to unearth some of WA's hidden crafty creatures.
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.
I stock quality items found locally and an even larger proportion imported from the US and UK. You can find my vintage treasures at the Perth Cultural Centre Markets every Saturday from 10am to 5pm. I also have a range of late 60's jewellery stocked in Wild Lily Empire on Hampden Rd, Nedlands and Oxford Street, Leederville. In addition, I upload photos regularly (some gorgeous ones from TJM Photography and some not so awesome ones taken by me) to my blog and facebook page so if your eyeballing a particular piece just drop me a line.
Well that's about all for now but I will be back soon with a some info on lush local treats. In the meantime I'll leave you with my latest made-in-Perth (in a way haha) find, my ridiculously cute Maltese Shi Tzu puppy called Indiana Jones, known to his friends as Indy. Byeee

Thursday, October 22

Walk Against Warming - Stallholder Callout

Invitation to Exhibit a Stall
Do you create using local, organic, recycled, etc. materials? I, Heidi Hardisty Stalls Coordinator, would like to invite you to exhibit a stall at the upcoming Walk Against Warming (WAW) that is being organised by the Conservation Council of WA.
The Walk Against Warming (WAW) is a national event that brings together thousands of people in cities and towns across Australia for a community day of action on climate change. The 2009 WAW will be held on Saturday December 12th 2009 to coincide with the Copenhagen Climate Summit and the International Say of Action on Climate Change.
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 wawperth@gmail.com.
Heidi Hardisty
Stalls Coordinator Walk Against Warming Conservation Council of WA - Commitment to environmental protection since 1967 http://www.walkagainstwarming.org/

Tuesday, October 20

Mandjar Twilight Markets

Expressions of interest for Stall-Holders are now being sought for
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 visitor@mandurah.wa.gov.au

Thursday, October 15

City of Fremantle - dancers wanted

The City of Fremantle are looking for keen toe twinklers – no dance experience necessary! - to come participate in this year’s Freo Shuffle brought to you by Fremantle Arts Centre as part of this year’s Fremantle Festival.
The Freo Shuffle is an exciting dance event that will be held at Esplanade Oval on Sunday, November 15 at 5pm (directly after the Fremantle Festival Parade and as a prelude to the Bhangra Dance Party). The project is all about bringing community members together and allowing them to discover the thrill of participation in creative expression rather than just being a spectator.
We are currently looking for people wanting to participate in a dance workshop hosted by local contemporary dancers and choreographers Claudia Alessi, Aimee Smith & Sete Tele throughout October and early November. This session (2-3 hours) can be held either onsite at your organisation if there is a suitable venue or alternatively one can be arranged nearby. We also have 2 public dance workshops, these are:
Saturday, 31st October 10am – 1pm at Fremantle Arts Centre
Tuesday, 3rd November 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Fremantle Town Hall
For further information or to register for a public or group workshop simply email me back.
For examples of similar events visit youtube.com – Bal Moderne
Fremantle Arts Centre
City of Fremantle
1 Finnerty Street
PO Box 891
Fremantle WA 6959
+61 8 9432 9555

Wednesday, October 14

Opportunity - Fremantle Fringe Festival

An event is being organised for the Hilton Harvest Community Garden, a Lunch in the Park as part of the Fremantle Fringe Festival. It'll be on Sunday 8th November, 11am-2pm at Griffiths Park

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

Helen Whitkin


0410 285 469

Tuesday, October 6

Spanking New Poster :)

Well, the time has arrived... Poster time!

Here's a first look at our promotional material for the Christmas Market!

Please let us know what you think in the comments!

Monday, October 5

Joondalup Sunset Markets

Dear Stallholder,
Applications to become a stallholder at the City of Joondalup 2009 Sunset Markets are now open. Stallholder applications must be submitted to Red Tent Events. Please see the Red Tent Events website at Red Tent Events for all stallholders terms and conditions and stallholder fees.
The Sunset Markets will be a 5 week season taking place on Friday evenings in the Joondalup Central Business District between 6pm - 9pm from 20 November to Friday 18 December.
The City of Joondalup looks forward to your involvement in the 2009 Sunset Markets.
Kind regards
Adam Cousins
Special Events Officer
City of Joondalup

East Fremantle Festival

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.

Warm regards,

Cynthia Williamson
East Fremantle Festival Coordinator
0415 649 265