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, February 27

Help is at Hand

Hi All,

As market season is about to start in earnest, we just thought that sellers would benefit from one of our old articles a couple of years old about organising your self for a market.

Don't forget to comment if you have anything to add, you might have a secret trick that will really make a sellers day easier.

So click here to read our article
What To Bring To A Market.

Oh, and also check out our
Stock Levels Advice Article.

xxo Lauren & The Team

Cancellation of Mandurah Festival Mini-Market

Hi All,

Just a little note to say due to some problems, we have sadly had to cancel our mini-market at the Mandurah Crab Festival, which was scheduled for next weekend.

We hope you'll all join us at our next event, the regional Bunbury July Market.

Lauren & The Team.

Friday, February 26

Artist Call Out - Painters Needed

The Brass would like three or four artists (PAINTERS) who would like to display their art in the Brass Grill restaurant upstairs at the Brass Monkey, Northbridge.
They need colour.
They have:
and need them before the grand reopening on the 12TH March.
Here’s the deal:
- from now until March 2nd - artists can come in to inspect the restaraunt / hanging spaces.
- applications due by the end of the day on Thursday 4th March (to brass.monkey.hotel@alhgroup.com.au ) with 3 jpegs + links to websites etc. Subject of email should be "BrassGrill Art".
- Acceptable Artist or Art Group / Cooperative will be contacted on Friday 6th March
- Art must be delivered on the morning of Tuesday 9th March and will be hung in cooperation with Management Team
- They'll need 1 x A4 blurb about the successful artist / cooperative to place in each room – either provide a sheet that will be laminated or the blurb on an a4 piece of foam core
- They'd like to post artist / cooperative contact details under each painting which the artist will provide on foam core no bigger than a6.
- They’d like to post a brief (100 words + jpg) bio / promo + link to their website, on our "What's On" page on our WebSite.
- They are having a "GRAND reOPENING" on the 12th, and like to have an "artist in residence / meet the artist" sort of area / table for the artist to promote themselves, paint some stuff, etc.
- They can't guarantee the works' safety, however they will be in the quiet and peaceful BrassGrill Restaurant on the 1st floor.
Other things (what's in it for the Artist, other than product placement):
- They'd like to make it a quarterly thing - Featured Artist for 3 months.
- Also near the end of the three months, when they are searching for new blood, they can do another special evening for the exiting artist.

Thursday, February 18

Thursday Three :: 18 Feb '10

Thursday Three will be looking at some great stuff available on the webs from talented WA folks plus a wee bit more info about each of the artists so you can really involve yourself in what's great about buying handmade. Knowing that your bag/necklace/book was NOT shipped twice around the world (wasting petrol), or the person who made it was paid more than a bowl of rice a day, really does help take the guilt away that sometimes comes from indulging in retail therapy.

Best of Friends Wooden Frame Brooch
This great little brooch was made by Perth artist Sheryl Derilo, and is one of a kind! Have a look at some more great cute stuff via her website

Pleated Corduroy Tote Bag
Handmade down south in beautiful Margaret River by Libby, this bag is nice and big (I happen to only use big bags unless I'm going out, which then I usually use one of my extensive collection of Glomesh) with heaps of room plus pockets for the little important things. Check out her blog for more about the designer!

Forest Chandelier Pocket Notebook
This notebook couldn't get much greener; made from recycled paper, printed with vegie inks and 100% handmade by the ladies from Mitchell and Dent, who reside in Leederville. Read all about them here;

Have a wonderful rest of week!

Lauren & The Team

Tuesday, February 9

Perth Feature on Etsy.com!

As part of Etsy's blog, they often do geographical features, and surprisingly and fortunately, a couple of weeks ago picked Perth as one of their Australian cities to feature for their recognition of Australia Day (skipping over the usual suspects, Melbourne and Sydney) Good on you Etsy!

Read the full article HERE.

Market Opportunity - Two on the 28th March

Hi Everyone!

Needing to get your market season underway for 2010? Here's two opportunities on the 28th of March that currently have application open...

Be a part of the Leederville Carnivale’s cosmopolitan marketplace on Sunday 28 March with your own market stall showcasing your craft, art, design, fashion, food or community organisation.

Applications HERE.


Southlands Willetton Rotary Community Fair
Run by the Rotary Club of Willeton, this is an opportunity to show your wares in a relaxed family atmosphere.

For applications contact doerksen.1941@opusnet.com.

Friday, February 5

Announcing Our First Event for 2010!

Our apologies, this event has been cancelled.

Stay Tuned for info about our regional Market in Bunbury.