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!

Monday, August 30

Amplifier Arts Business Workshops and Forums

Amplifier – is a FREE arts business workshop and forum program designed to sharpen the arts business skills of emerging Perth metro artists and artsworkers aged 18-30 years. The program is aimed to provide professional skills development, networking opportunities and the chance to explore current arts issues with leading industry professionals. Places are limited! Visit Propel Arts WA to find out more and register.

Saturday, August 28

Meeting and Making

Last night another fantastic Made on the Left meetup took place at the Balmoral (I have no idea how to spell that, forgive me!) Hotel in East Victoria Park. Etsy sent us a box of goodies to help charity by whipping up some pillowcases which we did with gusto and also frustration as the only sewing machines we had were really really old and not so very cooperative! We had some really tasty nibblies and gossiped as we created. There wasn't as big a turn out as the last meetup but the fewer numbers meant that it felt real cosy. Here are some photos I snapped during the night and I hope to see you at the next Made on the Left meetup which I believe will be down in Dwellingup.









Tuesday, August 17

You are invited to the opening of

stitched and bound 2010

a juried exhibition of contemporary quilts,

presented by the West Australian Quilters’ Association Inc.

To be opened by WA textile artist, Megan Kirwan-Ward

on Friday, 3 September 2010 at 6.00pm.

Exhibition runs from Saturday, 4 September to Sunday, 3 October 2010.

RSVP by Wednesday, 1 September 2010 to

claire.bushby@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 5666.

Thursday, August 12

Beaufort Street Festival

Life is Noise, The Beaufort Street Network and Town of Vincent present...
Saturday, November 27
Beaufort Street, Highgate and Mount Lawley

...Beaufort Street has always been at the heart of cool, alternative, independent culture in Perth, so it’s high time that we got a festival to celebrate the music, art, fashion and food that make the precinct so special.

The Beaufort Street Festival will showcase the cutting-edge talent and diversity of Perth’s musicians, artists, designers and culinary taste-makers on Saturday November 27.

Perth’s cultural hub will come alive with unique, quirky and stylish displays of bands, temporary art exhibitions and fashion parades, with the action taking place on the streets, in shops, cafes, bars and laneways.

The festival is the brainchild of the Beaufort Street Network, a collective of local businesses and residents, and they’re looking for help to make the event a representation of all that the Beaufort Street precinct has to offer. Accordingly, the Network is putting the call-out for community involvement.

If there’s something you’d like to see be part of the festival, or if you’d simply like to volunteer your time, contact Festival Director Dave Cutbush on 0400 498 362 or at festival@beaufortstreet.com.au.

Dave Cutbush
Life is Noise - events management, artist touring and music consultancy

+61 400 498 362
PO Box 472 Mt Lawley Western Australia 6929

Competition : Little Help Project 2

Cross-posted from Frankie;

Written by holly mccauley
Thursday, 12 August 2010 09:00

We’re pleased as punch to be a supporter of the The Little Help Project, organised by the rad people at AS Colour. The competition is in its second year, with $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs to help kick start a new t-shirt label. Dust off your sketchbook or laptop and get busy, your dreams might just get to be realised. Download the design template here. Entries are now open and close on October 1. Finalists are chosen by judges, Lara Burke, Art Director of frankie magazine and Steven Richardson from Parinto, they will be announced on November 1 and will have two of their designs printed onto tees and up for grabs on the Little Help Project website. The designer who sells the most over two months will win. If you have any questions, shoot Dan an email and he will be happy to help. Get designing!

LITTLE HELP PROJECT 2 from Jared Fowler on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 11

Meet & Make August 2010

MOTL July 2010 5

Hey to all you lovely people, lovely to chat isn't it?

However, it doesn't really cut it when compared to a real, one-on-one, in the flesh talkathon does it?

Well you're in luck. Turns out Etsy is helping us organise our second meet for the public (before it was kinda just Etsy sellers that hung out on a particular forum).

And as usual for Made on the Left, its in a pub! Hoorah! Big thank you to the Balmoral for their lovely support, we couldn't do it without you.

So without further ado, here is the link to register your interest. It's crucial you respond if you're thinking of coming along, as it gives us an idea of numbers.


And yes, you can make a pillowcase for charity if you want, but we will be having something else to do (many things). Including making bunting for future MOTL markets like the ones pictured, I LOVE it so much, but we need more, more MORE!

Hope to see you there you creative things you. xx

Monday, August 9

Stallholder Opportunity : Vintage Vixens and Vamps!

Following their very successful debut market, the VVV ladies are looking to do it all again, but they need some sellers to show their awesome vintage wares? Got a great collection? See application details below, and check out their blog http://vintagevixensandvamps.blogspot.com/

Vintage Vixens & Vamps I on May 23 was an outstanding success with over 1200 shoppers leaving laden with goodies. We are expecting even more through the door this time around and we are having some great feedback about exciting elements we will introduce for the event.

We will be doing our bit in the lead up to Vintage Vixens & Vamps II by distributing more than 6000 posters and fliers as well as featuring regular updates about stallholders on our blog and facebook page. On the day itself every shopper will be given a comprehensive brochure listing all the contact information of participating stallholders.

As management of Vintage Vixens and Vamps moves into the hands of the newly emerging retailer organising committee we look forward to growing and developing our exciting industry and its relationship with the local community.

There are some very exciting times ahead. Recent discussions with the Mayor of Fremantle and senior officers have highlighted the possibility of future VVV events being part of bigger and established Fremantle festivals.

If you'd like to get involved in this fun event on the day as a VOLUNTEER (model or event assistant) contact Maureen at maureenmcdaniell2@hotmail.com or call 0408 941 481 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0408 941 481 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

If you're interested in becoming a
STALLHOLDER request details by emailing Dee or Fern at vintagevixengirls@gmail.com or calling Fern on 0415 375 820 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0415 375 820 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Dee 0408 03 7896 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0408 03 7896

Tuesday, August 3

From Here To There

From Here to There is an installation of new fashion and jewellery, using image, sample products, and a film featuring prominent Perth fashion designer, Aurelio Costarella. As part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week's cultural program the exhibition will bring together retailers, designers and the general public in a space that traverses trade, exhibition and a love for Australian Fashion.

When - Thursday 26th August - 31st August (10am - 6pm)
Where - One Thousand Pound Bend @ 361 Londsdale St, Melbourne, VIC
Exhibiting - The Butcher & The Crow, On Tour, Helena Bogucki, Martini & Coz, Generics Accessories, Penny Lane Photography

Checkout the facebook page for more info - From Here To There Exhibition

Monday, August 2

Bridgetown Fair for Solaris Care - Stallholders Wanted

Sunday 26th September 2010


Ford House, Bridgetown


We are seeking expressions of interest from those who would like to participate in the Bridgetown Fair for Solaris Care. It is anticipated that this community event will attract a significant crowd from the South West to enjoy a fun-filled day in support of SolarisCare South West – a unique, new support centre for cancer patients and their carers within the region.

If you are interested in holding a stall at the fair please contact

Susie Delaporte 0417411253 or bridgetownfair@solariscare.org.au

Made on the Left Inc. Annual General Meeting

Official Announcement:

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the
Saint George Hotel Upstairs Function Room
on 8th August 2010 at 12.30pm

It is open to the interested public and will contain election of committee members, financial reports and time for questions and discussion.
If you are interested, please come along. Tea & coffee will be available in the room.

Any queries can be directed to:
Ali J - Chairperson - alij@madeontheleft.com
Peta - Vice Chairperson - peta@madeontheleft.com
Dara - Treasurer - dara@madeontheleft.com
Lauren - Secretary - lauren@madeontheleft.com

Old Perth Road Markets - Stallholders Wanted

A Partnership between the Town of Bassendean and the Rotary Club of Swan Valley

The Old Perth Road Markets, Bassendean have their grand opening on 29th August. We are aiming to showcase high-quality arts, crafts and produce from local people. The markets will be open from 9am to 2.30pm and will continue to run on the last Sunday of the month. (except December when it will be the 19th). There will be live entertainment and the Town will be linking community events to the markets.

A 3m by 3m site costs $35. An application form, which has all the details, can be downloaded from our website or ring 0428 411 801.

We would love to hear from you.