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, November 16

Day of the Thread joined us on on Sunday at the MOTL market with their awesome and innovative t-shirts and designs. It's all about collaboration...something we love too!

So we know it's short notice but you can get down to their launch tomorrow - 7pm Wednesday Nov 17 - at BIRD in Northbridge (181 William St) for live art, music and food.

Monday, November 15

Artist Callout - Town of Vincent Festival 2011

Call for artists – Town of Vincent

The Town of Vincent will be hosting a community celebration festival in William Street on Sunday 20th March 2011 between 10am and 4pm. We are looking for performance, and visual artists to participate in the festival.

There is an Aboriginal and Asian theme as well an underlying artistic element. We need fresh, creative ideas.

If you have a project, performance or idea that would suit a festival environment then we want to hear from you.

Please contact the festival coordinator, Jill Symons on jill.symons@vincent.wa.gov.au or on 9273 6557 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Applications open for Melville Sculpture Walk

City of Melville – inviting applications

The City of Melville is now inviting applications from Western Australian artists to exhibit as part of the eighth Sculpture Walk. This year's event will take place at the new Kadidjiny Park, located on the corner of Kitchener and Curtis Roads in Melville. The event will open on Friday 11 March 2011.

Applications will be accepted until 4.00pm, Friday 17 December 2010.

The application form and info pack can be downloaded from: http://www.melvillecity.com.au/community/art/sculpture-walk

Tread Lightly by Holly Pepper

tread lightly

[ holly pepper ]

thu nov 18 2010 - tue nov 23 2010
gallery times » 10am-4pm daily

opening » thursday november 18, 6-9pm

free range gallery
339 wellington st

Ever wondered what happens to the things you throw out in your rubbish?
An exhibition by emerging WA designer Holly Pepper is about creating new beginnings for the discarded by-products of our lavish western lifestyles. On her return from a year volunteering in Samoa, Holly was struck by the materialistic WA lifestyle and was determined to show people how useful the objects we discard can be.
Holly invites you to come and view the results at her maiden solo exhibition at the Free Range Gallery from November 18 to 23.
The exhibition will showcase a range of original and thought-provoking textile sculptural works. Most of the pieces have been inspired by the re-use of locally sourced industrial waste, to create bold tactile designs.
Holly would like to thank local not-for-profit REMIDA for its work recycling useable waste products, which has been of great value to her. She also spends countless hours scavenging among council roadside collections, op-shops, tip shops and friend’s chuck-out piles.
Media and public are welcome to attend the exhibition opening from 6pm on November 18.
Tread lightly community forum
Sunday November 21
An open forum discussion will be hosted within the gallery space to discuss sustainability and design. This is a good opportunity to talk more in depth with Holly and other local artists about sustainable art.

Wednesday, November 10

MOTL hearts frankie

From over at frankie HQ:

Written by holly mccauley
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 15:00

Perth lovers-of-handmade, rejoice! Designer run markets, Made On The Left are having their annual Christmas markets this weekend in Innaloo. Hop along for some homegrown goodness and get onto that Chrissy gift list!


(and congrats to Janice from MOA for her little stache badge feature!)

thanks frankie!

Thursday, November 4

Sunset Laneway Market - Applications Open

That famous Tum Tum Tree is in bloom and ready for us to gather under its boughs for another laneway event! This time, the Laneway Market has transformed into a bigger, better and more boutique market! ..........................................................................................................

Tum Tum Tree Lane presents...

The Sunset Market...

Gourmet Food, West Australian Designers,
Artisan Wares, Boutique Vintage,
Unique Children's Gifts, World Music DJs...

Friday 10th December 4pm-10pm
Tum Tum Tree lane (laneway and courtyard)
130 High St Fremantle

$50 per stall. Please note this fee includes a 1.8m space on the day for each of you (one standard trestle table length)
high quality advertising, online advertising as well as online publication and printed media publications.
We are covering this event as best as we possibly can to advertise for all of you and ensure a high volume of shoppers attend the event. We want it to be as successful as possible and get your names out as much as we can!


What do you sell:

Is it handmade by you or someone you know:

What are your price ranges (lowest to highest):

Please attach 2 photos to support this:


We are giving everyone an equal opportunity to have stall at this event but unfortunately can not ensure that you will be accepted due to limited spaces. These spaces will go fast so please let us know if you'd like to have a space by Monday the 15th of November! We are only selecting three-five of each category (three vintage stalls, three children's stall etc...) to ensure variety and diversity of stall holders at the event.

This is going to be a visually beautiful and family friendly event in which your senses will be treated to the best quality food, music and designer wares West Australia has to offer.

Book your place in the Sunset Market now!! :)

Cynthia - e) cynthiaaellis@hotmail.com

Sophie - e) fiye-fille@hotmail.com

Zoƫ - e) zoerbrand_2006@hotmail.com

Wednesday, November 3

Etsy Merch Challenge #1

Hi All,

Welcome to our challenge for the next two weeks! We'll be having these little fun comps now and again for those in our Etsy Sellers Team. Come join us on the dark side, you'll need an etsy shop that sells west-aussie handmade.

The Prize

Set of three badges of the latest poster design, they'd set you back $5 normally, but if you win, all their pretty little faces are yours to keep! As another incentive, we will be featuring all entries in an Etsy treasury which will be featured on the blog, plus the winner will have their item featured solo on the blog... woo hoo!

The Task

As per Etsy's merchandising post for the month of November, we want you to create an item that falls under one or two (or three!) of the following trends...

1. vintage cameras
2. honey bees
3. arrows

For example, you could sew a honey bee costume a-la Blind Lemon's No Rain, or perhaps you'd rather take a polaroid picture and frame it... you could even interpret "arrows" as an inspiration for a chevron striped top... or a cupid bow and arrow set of earrings. Its up to your imagination!

We'll open them up to a vote by Etsy team members on the 12th of November, and close voting/announce the winner on the 15th.

What to do
1. be part of MOTL Etsy Team
2. make your item
3. photograph your item
4. list your item on Etsy
5. post the listing link here;
6. vote, and cross your fingers!

Good Luck! If you have any questions please post them below.

xx Lauren & The Team

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

Well we want to be like Finders Keepers. An awesome, super-organised, frankie-sponsored indie design market held over in the eastern states. They're got a great opportunity/comp for all you visual artists, we suggest you have a crack at it!

Currently under the working title ON THE WALL, the artworks will be displayed at CarriageWorks within the foyer for the duration of the Sydney markets and will celebrate Leeloo’s ongoing mission to support independent Australian artists. Artwork will be for sale during the exhibition and there may be the possibility of selling prints of the artworks also.

Have a read
over here.

Tuesday, November 2

Midland Arts & Craft Market

Hey All, a quick note about the arrival of the Midland Arts & Craft Market.

In their words...

"Through the City of Swan, we are very keen to support new and emerging artists and designers and expose your creative talent to the people of the eastern region of Perth. A region that is ripe and waiting for your input.
The Midland Arts & Craft Market is a Community Project with the Rotary Club of Midland; and Rotary will be the group you interact with most if you want to be part of this exciting new monthly event on our cultural calendar.
Held the third Saturday of every month, the market is in the beautiful grounds of the Juniper Gardens, adjacent to the Midland Gate Shopping Centre, apartments, new restaurants and cafes – also on the doorstep of our arts centre.
If you would like to be involved in our arts programs come to the Midland Junction Arts Centre, or make a time with me to talk/meet/explore. We will be working hard to profile the various artists featured in the markets, which will include media releases, possible exhibition opportunities, production of promo material, and other ideas not yet thought of… I’m sure you’ll have the best ideas.
hope you will consider an adventure in the Swan region, and let us support your creative practice! "

Contact details
Mallika Macleod
Coordinator Arts & Culture Community Planning and Development
City of Swan
PO Box 196 MIDLAND WA 6936
Midland Junction Arts Centre
76 Great Eastern Highway (Cnr Cale St)
T 08 9267 9342
M 0405 104 681
F 9267 9134
W www.swan.wa.gov.au/arts

2011 Art U Wear

Hi All,

Go check out this comp for emerging textile/wearable art/fashion peeps...

"Textile artists, designers and anyone with a love of creative textiles are invited to enter
a competition to create a wearable art costume"

read more by downloading the PDF HERE.

Good Luck! xx

*Blows Party Whistle*

Please note;

1. We do not condone smoking
2. We do condone cake
3. We definitly condone reaching 100 blog followers! Yay!

Thanks All for a wonderful 100 follows, we love each and every one of you and hope that this blog has been able to help you with your stalls, let you know about opportunities, and just really be a great resource. Remember, if you hear about something, or have something you want to share with the rest of us, let us know.

xx Lauren & The Team

p.s. we've got a few new team members in the works, so we might have a group photo soon if we're lucky to show everyone new off, like shiny toys... lets hope they don't get scratched and dented too quick!