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, July 26

Creepy Exhibition: You Just Have Your Eyes Closed

Shout it from the rooftops. Creepy (also known as White Square at Made On the Left) is having a huge exhibition, with 100 new artworks! We think that is crazy, we can't wait to see it!! Be sure to pop down and check it out.

Runs 13th August - September 11th
Turner Galleries, Perth - http://www.turnergalleries.com.au/

Friday, July 23

I Sing in the Shower

Well anyone would if they had really nice soap from The Soap Opera, one of our gorgeous artists on Sunday :)

Word was that she sold out of HEAPS of her designs, and she was hand-cutting her soaps in front of the customers as they bought them! Neato, it's fun to have a peek behind the scenes at a creative label sometimes innit?


Thursday, July 22

The Team Hearts Mel P :)

Just thought I'd share this funny photo of Sarah G and Dara from the team behind their stall on Saturday, with their fresh new purchases from Mel P.

They look like handmade superheros dont they? Saving the world one awesome handmade item at a time :)


Friday, July 16

Now That We Are Famous

Lemme hear you say the words "national television coverage".

Go on, say it.

Big hugs to channel ten and the people behind the scenes at the 7pm project. We promise to watch your show more now :)


Thursday, July 15

Ikea Competition

I was wandering around Ikea the other day, as you do, collecting random bits and bobs and saw this 'Sew Me What You Got' competition.

Using Ikea textiles, sew us what you can create with them!
Home furnishings, clothing, toys and accessories are just a few ideas that come to mind...what can you create?

Click on the above image for more details, but they are due August 12 2010 and you could win a $1500 Ikea gift card.

Now I can't sew (actually I can sew on a button and have been taught to darn socks...) but thought that the ultra creatives that read this blog (that's you!) might be up for winning some money.
Have Fun & Good Luck :)

Wednesday, July 14

Volunteering for the Art Gallery of WA

The Art Gallery of Western Australia needs volunteers!

Unwrapped Applications Now Open

Applications for the next Unwrapped event are now open.

Check the event page for more details and follow the link to apply for a designer stall. You will then need to Sign In to your account and the form will pre-populate with your basic details.

This Unwrapped event is part of the Perth Fashion Festival and represents a once-a-year opportunity to showcase your work to Perth's fashion set. We will be the first event to launch the new Urban Orchard space, opposite the WA Art Gallery.

Thanks to Perth Fashion Festival and the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, marquees will be included in the stall costs. Your stall space will be roughly 2.5m square. Costs for each category of designer are included on the application form in the drop-down menu and remain unchanged from last year.

Selected designers will also have access to upload and sell new season pieces on the Eboutique, prior to the day.

As space is limited, priority will be given to new designers. We strongly encourage you to submit your best application, including images and a description of your range. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Confirmation of a place for those successful designers will be sent via email a month prior to the event.

We understand this falls on the same day as other market activities in Perth, which is unfortunate. When our event date was chosen by the Festival, there was no apparent clash, so please ask your customers and friends to mark our event as the priority in their calendar.

Kind regards,

The Unwrapped Team

Saturday, July 10

Free Artist Business Workshop - ABAF

Artist Business Workshop
Find out how to sell more work. Get media interested in your art. Find out more about how tax and insurance affect you. Spend more time making art, and less time working at other jobs.
Whether you work full time as an artist, or supplement your artistic career with other work, you can improve your knowledge and skills at this FREE workshop.
1. business basics – an introduction to tax, insurance, risk management and copyright
2. building relationships with clients, commercial and community galleries and artist-run spaces
3. going to market – documenting artwork and building a client base
4. promotion and media relations
Date: Monday 16 August 2010
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Freehills, Level 36, QV1 Building, 250 St Georges Terace, Perth
Cost: FREE
Presented by: Andrew Gaynor.
Register: Online at www.abaf.org.au or complete the registration form and email to skillsdev@abaf.org.au or fax to 03 9614 2550.
Places at this workshop are limited – please register early to secure your place. Each participant receives a workshop kit.

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Art and Craft Fair - Stallholders Wanted

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School’s 2010 Monster Craft Fair and School Open Day promises to be a day of artistic and cultural pleasure – a day in which we invite you to take part by booking a stall and selling your homemade wares!

To complement the Craft Fair this year, we will also be holding an Art Exhibition in the Auditorium, providing our Kindergarten to Year 12 students the opportunity to display pieces of work that they have completed throughout the year. Some of these up and coming artists will be sure to impress you!

Below are the dates and times for trade, set up and pack up:

Craft Fair: Sunday, 17 October 2010: 10.00am to 3.30pm

Set up: Saturday, 16 October 2010: 2.00pm to 5.00pm and/or Sunday, 17 October 2010: 7.00am to 9.00am

Pack up: Sunday, 17 October 2010: 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Our Craft Fair Committee will be advertising the Craft Fair extensively. In 2009 we attracted a very large crowd and our stallholders reported good sales. EFTPOS facilities will be available.

ACTION NEEDED: Email Kym Ashby on kbetti@bcgs.wa.edu.au for an application form and map.

This year, only a limited number of stalls selling similar products will be accepted for each venue – so don’t delay, get your application form in today!

Don’t miss this opportunity to join other craftspeople and artists on what will be a great occasion which is ideally timed to meet the Christmas market.

Thursday, July 8

Look at all our Stallholders!

Hello Everyone!

Just a quick note to say all our postcards and posters are now out floating around Perth, so if you see them, give them a big friendly wave, hehe.

Also contained in this short and sweet blog post is a link to our 2010 Winter Market Stallholders! Woo! Go on and take a look, you'll be amased at the amount of new stallholders we have over the two days! I certainly was... it took me a whole afternoon to browse them all!

Click HERE to see the list, and click on each artist's picture to be taken to their website!


Sunday, July 4

PRESS : SixThousand Cultural Guide to Perth

We love people and things that make Perth a city to be proud of.

SixThousand made us very proud of Perth, and very proud that we are better than Morley Galleria.

Good Huh?

Clicky on the image to see what they're all about. You might find something to do tonight, if you're at a loose end.

PRESS sixthousand

Thanks for the shout guys.

p.s. if you can shout about us on your wee little blog, we will love you forever. xx

Our Ad in X-Press

Yes, I'm just like a proud mum, clipping everything from newspapers and pasting them in a big album which they pull out whenever their prodigy brings someone home for dinner.

Well done to Samantha for the art, and Ali for the finagelling/words.

PRESS xpress fashion

click on the image to read the X-Press fashion magazine!

Friday, July 2

Artist Call Out

The Colosoul Group inc. is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to support and enhance not only the experiences of young people, but also seek to bring the communities within Perth together. We’re a publications group run entirely by volunteers, whom we train and provide opportunities to excel in the media and arts industries.
This September we are holding an art auction and exhibition to raise funds for burns victims in Princess Margaret hospital. It will be held in Gallery Central in Northbridge, September 2nd to 4th. 25% of the sale of the artwork will go to the artist and the rest of the proceeds will be given to the Princess Margaret Hospital burns unit as a donation.
We are currently seeking artists interested in having their work exhibitioned for free and auctioned off for this great cause.
This event will not only raise the profile of emerging artists, but also gain awareness of the obstacles that these children must overcome.
If you are an artist and are interested in getting involved in this project please contact:
Pam on 0423 598 874
Or email art@colosoul.com.au with ART EXHIBITION/AUCTION as the subject

Dwellingup Market

Dwellingup Country Craft Market will be held on 18th July 2010, at the fabulous old RSL Hall McLarty Rd Dwellingup and will be held every third Sunday of the month. Come along to see beautiful handmade and handcrafted products and experience some real country hospitality. Starts 10am hope to see you there.
If you are interested in holding a stall please call Di on 0427081349 http://www.dwellingupentertainment.com
Dwellingup is just over 1 hour from Perth where the Hotham Valley Steam Train travels to Dwellingup from Pinjarra every Wednesday & Sunday with visitors checkout their website www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au

PRESS : X-Press Street Magazine

Big thankyou to Emma Bergmeier!

Click image to visit the X-Press website, they circulate Perth's best weekly free streetmag.

PRESS xpress online

Peddle. Hee-hee.

Thursday, July 1

Four key words: small, local, open, connected

Worth a listen...

Design for Social Innovation

The design of products has greatly improved over the last thirty years. Even though cars and many of the white goods we use are much more environmentally friendly today, we are still consuming at a rate that's unsustainable. Ezio Manzini discusses how designers and design researchers can do a lot to empower social innovation for sustainability.

Ezio Manzini
Designer, engineer, architect, educator and author; Professor of Design at the Milan Polytechnic where he's Director of the Unit of Research Design and Innovation for Sustainability and coordinator of the Master in Strategic Design.