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!

Tuesday, March 10

Upcoming Exhibition : in dreams i

Perth based artist Campbell Whyte is getting ready to hold his first Perth exhibition since returning from two international residencies.

His latest exhibition, “in dreams i”, continues the unique visual language first displayed in his graduate installation “the floating world” which was met with praise by Judith McGrath.

Campbell has exhibited in over sixteen shows since 2005 with highlights being his inclusion in the 2007 Adultshop Erotic Art Competition, a solo exhibition at FreeRange Gallery and a collaborative exhibitions with partner Elizabeth Marruffo in San Francisco and Oaxaca, Mexico.

His arts' practice seeks to capture the fleeting images of the waking and dreaming mind. By applying layers of washes to raw canvas, he slowly builds up areas of colour which are then worked back in to using acrylic, oils, pencils, biros, markers, stitching, and glitter.

There’s a push and a pull evident in the work which Campbell believes is important.

“In trying to capture a dream, you can’t be too surgical. Working with loose, organic accidents, like the unpredictible way that the washes run, that’s like the dream working its way through the painting. The unconcious mind. Then the conscious mind comes and pulls out literal images.”

Campbell’s arts practice rides a line between high art and illustration. Since returning to Perth from residencies in San Francisco, USA and Oaxaca, Mexico with partner and fellow artist Elizabeth Marruffo, Campbell has been a regular at markets such including Made on the Left with his small business of art prints, comics and apparel based on his pink unicorn, Corazon. He has begun an acclaimed and innovative online comic series called “Home Time”.

Head along to the opening of 'in dreams i' from 2-4pm on Saturday April 4, at the Leederville YMCA Youth Headquarters (HQ Skate Park) at 60a Frame Street. The exhibition continues until May 1.

Monday, March 9

Are you the next big thing in fashion?

Do you know someone who is studying fashion, design or photography? Or maybe someone who is a fashion designer or fashion photographer looking for their big break?....
Fashion Palette 09 Excellence Awards are open for submissions... The 2009 Fashion Palette Excellence Awards have been designed to reward emerging Australian fashion designers and the up & coming industry professionals, by giving them the opportunity to be nominated for outstanding vision and achievement within their nominated category.
The Fashion Palette Excellence Award categories include:
1. Fashion Design
2. Accessory Design
3. Capturing Fashion
4. People’s choice award
Fashion Palette is committed to nurturing the development of the Australian fashion industry’s future designers. The awards are celebrations of the sheer talent emerging Australian designers have to offer. Fashion Palette is designed to bring together all facets of the fashion industry and to provide recognition to the best emerging Australian fashion designers.
Visit www.fashionpalette.com.au/fp-awards for full submission & prize information. Entries close 20th March.
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