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.
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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
Tuesday, November 29
Thursday, October 6
Montage Collective is a group of friends who have got together to open a pop-up shop.
As part of the redevelopment of 140 William St, Perth, the designers have been offered a temporary retail space for the artists of Montage to showcase their original works with the aim of reinvigorating and revitalising this unused urban space.
Montage's mission is to create a unique shopping experience using the "pop-up" concept of temporarily appearing in a location before disappearing and then "popping-up" again. They also hope to encourage customers to support local handmade products by West Australian designers.
The shop showcases the handmade designs of the 15 local designers including clothing, jewellery, art, accessories, bags, stationery, toys and homewares.
Make sure you don't miss the chance to visit Montage and support local handmade designers before they close on Sunday 23rd October!
Montage Pop-up Shop
140 William St (corner William & Wellington Streets, Perth)
Trading hours are Mon-Thur: 10-6pm, Fri: 10-8pm, Sat: 10-5pm & Sun: 11-5pm.
Please note Montage is not affiliated with Made on the Left.
Wednesday, August 31
If you're 18 - 30 years old and want to know more about how to price your products, then you're in luck!
Propel Youth Arts WA are presenting a series of workshops for young creative people: Amplifier 2011 – Business Workshops for Creative People!
Pricing Your Product Workshop
Who: Amplifier is recommended for 18 – 30 year olds
When: Thursday 8th September
Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza Community Cultural Room, cnr James and Lake Street, Northbridge (entrance to the room is on the right of the big screen)
To find out more email Emiko Kinoshita, Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Propel office on (08) 9328 5855 or register online.
Thursday, June 16
You can apply HERE. See you soon!
xx Team MOTL
Thursday, June 9
If you have any questions feel free to contact:
Sarah Eve Deaman - Artist Liaison Officer
We love the idea behind this project, so thought we would share it with all of you like-minded people!
|collage by sarah jane pell for her paper chain project recipient|
Anyone is welcome to join in. The first Chains began in April 2010, around twenty people became part of the first “chains”. These participants have been making/receiving collage artworks through the post, that's snail mail - old school style! Collages are not limited to paper, (some suggestions have included fabric, photo montage, literary, video or sound collage & assemblage) the only restriction is post-ability!
The lovely folks participating in Paper Chain either create a new work as a “chain starter”, or they are creating work in response to artwork they have received in the mail, as a chain link. Each person is given an address to send their piece to, and so the chain links up. Each person has 4 weeks to create their work.
Paper Chain began as a response to social media, and was first experimented on Facebook. We had such a great response to Paper Chain that we expanded the idea outside of the realms of FB.
We currently have eleven chains creating and mailing artworks across Australia and worldwide! We are interested in the concept of networking/connecting and the physicality and joy of receiving mail. A project where people who are friends, acquaintances and friends of friends interact online, in real time and in their creative capacities.
To find out more, and see the collages so far, visit --
Monday, May 30
For all of those delightful designers out there -
Thursday, May 12
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Thursday, April 7
Here are a few pics. Maybe they will inspire you to come along to our next craft night?!
Wednesday, March 16
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Wednesday, March 9
PS - Peta and Lex from MOTL are installing a collaborative textile piece!
Tuesday, March 1
Propel Youth Arts are looking for young artists and designers to sell their hand-made products and wares at the KickstART Youth Markets. Expressions of interests are now open – apply online now . Applications close 21st March 2011.
ABOUT KICKSTART YOUTH MARKETS
The KickstART Youth Markets is the flagship event for Own It! National Youth Week 2011 in Western Australia. Comprised of market stalls, sculptures, live performances, interactive activities and an art trail, the KickstART Youth Markets is a great opportunity for young people to exhibit their wares to their peers and the general public. The markets themselves will be made up of stalls with young people selling products, as well as information booths by specific youth-focused organisations.
The KickstART Youth Markets will be held on Saturday 2nd April from 10am to 4pm in the Perth Cultural Centre. Large crowds are expected. The KickstART Youth Markets is proudly supported by the Western Australian Government, Youthbeyondblue, Lotterywest, EPRA, C.D Dodd Scrap Metal Recyclers and Propel Youth Arts WA.
To have a stall at the KickstART Youth Markets:
• You must be aged between 12-25 years of age.
• If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
• The goods must either be hand-made (by you or a group of young people) or vintage.
• Successful stall holders must provide a deposit of $30 ($20 for Propel members) which will be returned to them on the day (for further information see Fees).
Please note: Stall holders will be selected to ensure the markets has a variety of products and isn’t inundated by any particular genre of goods.
Saturday, February 12
The initiative sees the City of Fremantle providing vacant retail spaces, rent-free, for local artists to showcase their talents with the aim of invigorating and revitalising otherwise ‘dead retail areas’ of the city.
The shop showcases handmade designs including jewellery, art, accessories, stationery and homewares.
Montage will be open from the 8th to 25th of February at 4/64 Adelaide St, Fremantle and trading 10am – 5pm seven days a week so drop in to support local handmade!
The 12 local designers of “Montage” are as follows:
For further information, visit www.montagecollective.blogspot.com
Tuesday, February 1
Some of you may be getting to the stage where you would like to wholesale your products to shops and stores. This can be very daunting if you're not a super-confident seller or are uncomfortable approaching stores. Agencies can hep with this, but sometimes they don't understand the handmade business ethos or approach. Lia has been working in our area for a while now, so we thought we'd give her a shout!
Outsource Marketing (OM) is a home based business, established in 2008 when owner, Lia Simmonds identified a need by “small scale” Australian craftspeople and designers to have their products marketed effectively to retailers through exclusive wholesale representation.
As a Wholesale Distributor OM sells their product ranges to over 80 retail outlets throughout Australia who are primarily homeware/gift stores, fashion boutiques, gallery shops and bookstores.
The current product range can be viewed online www.outsourcemarketing.com.au and includes stationery, greeting cards, handbags, t-shirts, cushions, tea towels, fashion accessories and art prints. We are always on the look out for new products to join us.
OM currently represents the following 6 Australian designers that can be viewed on our website:
Ali J- perth
The Near Future- sydney
Running with a Sandwich- perth
Formosa Design- canberra
Zilpah tart- canberra
Tex & Joe- perth
BENEFITS OF WHOLESALE REPRESENTATION
The main reason people choose a distributor is that selling your own products is hard work, time consuming and emotionally draining! It is often much healthier for yourself and your business to have a “middleman” or “middlewoman” in this case that deals easily with all of this for you. Some other reasons are:
- Frees up your time to create- no more running around selling to shops
- A secure & convenient online wholesale shop that promotes your products 24/7
- An agent to maintain, build and establish new retailer relationships
- Established existing network of WA retailers with expansion into the eastern states
- Centralised administration of all invoicing & delivery (no more running around chasing up
- monies from retailers)
- Fast upfront payment of orders
- Designers maintain creative control and direction over their business
- OM provides feedback from buyers to designers on their products’ saleability and success.
These are some of the main elements I am looking for when sourcing new products to represent:
- New products must complement existing products I represent
- Professional business branding & product packaging
- Products with a difference
- Designers that can offer a broad product range
- Competitive pricing
- Prefer to deal with designers who already selling their products at art/design markets
I also distribute an email newsletter which is sent to my database of over 400 contacts. Advertisingspace is available for purchase within the OM newsletter for designers wanting to reach the retail buyers of stores from all over Australia.
If you feel that your business is ready to grow to the next level and you are looking for wholesale representation then please feel free to contact us!
Lia can be reached on
Mobile: 0408 393 160
Monday, January 31
One of their coveted large studio spaces has suddenly become available.
It space is their 2nd largest space and rents for $85 a week including all utilities.
The space has amazing natural light and a lockable door. It is 3.6m x 7.7m.
Melody (Gallery Director) can be contacted on 0410 537 200.
THE OATS FACTORY
69 OATS STREET
CARLISLE WA 6101
Tel 08 9472 8043
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