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 29

Made on the Left Christmas drinks

As you may know, Made on the Left has struggled to find a permanent home since the function room at the Hyde Park hotel was turned into a liquor store ;-( 140william was a fantastic location for our winter market but unfortunately it’s not available for our Xmas market like we had hoped.
However, we will be having a Xmas catch up with all you lovely people and we are on the search for a permanent new venue. 
We are also looking for new volunteers, especially in the areas of finance, blogging, marketing, sponsorship, PR or grant writing so if this interests you, we would love to meet you!
The MOTL Xmas drinks will be at the revamped Hyde Park Hotel, from 6pm Friday, 2nd December - it would be great if you can make it to share ideas, catch up with other crafters and have some great food and wine.

The MOTL Team

City of Stirling Networking Evening

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2011
Venue: Alexander Park Craft House – Clyde Road Menora
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Speakers: James Foley and Norman Jorgensen
RSVP: Monday 5 December 2011 by email or phone (9345 8521)

James is a children’s book author who recently illustrated his first book “The Last Viking” with author Norman Jorgensen. James and Norman will discuss some of their own projects, how they came to be working together and the rewarding process of creating a children’s picture book and seeing it published. The talk will be followed by refreshments and a chance to chat informally to other artists living in and around the City of Stirling.

Thursday, October 6

Montage pop-up shop

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

Pricing your Product workshop

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)
Cost: Free

To find out more email Emiko Kinoshita, Programs Coordinator at emiko@propel.org.au or call the Propel office on (08) 9328 5855 or register online.

Thursday, June 16

Applications Still Open for our July Market!

All you delightful crafty people - you now have until this Sunday, 19th June to get those stall holder applications in to our team. Get to it! Winter is the perfect time to rug up and get crafting and making. With a great new venue, the Made on the Left market is going to be seriously splendid!

You can apply HERE. See you soon!

xx Team MOTL

Thursday, June 9

Colosoul Art Exhibition: Opportunity

COLOSOUL GROUP INC. are holding a fundraiser for the children at the Princess Margaret Hospital Burns Unit.

Colosoul Magazine is an independent youth magazine dedicated to raising awareness about contemporary issues that WA youth are dealing with. Colosoul is designed for young people by young people, who are given the opportunities to excel in the media arts by producing a fresh and vibrant magazine.

In holding this event, we aim to not only provide a platform for emerging WA artists to exhibit and sell their artwork, but to also generate awareness of the obstacles the children at the PMH Burns Unit overcome and to raise money for the unit to go towards better and more resources.

The art works will be by emerging WA artists who will receive 20% of the sales. 60% of the money raised will be given as a donation to the Burns Unit at PMH. The remaining 20% will go back into the mentorship program at Colosoul Group Inc.

If you would like to be involved, please fill in the application form and email it to art@colosoul.com.au.

You can submit a new or existing work (up to 4 works in total, per artist)

You must:
// Live in WA
// Aspire to have a career as an artist or be working in the arts sector
// Be passionate about helping others through art
There is no age limit and students are welcome to apply.
Groups and/or collectives are allowed to apply.
Artist submissions from regional or remote areas of WA are also welcome!

Your art submission can be anything from a painting to a sculpture, and of any material. Just bare in mind that it needs to be easily transported.

Includes: painting, graffiti, sculpture, prints, pottery, drawing, illustration, stencilling. If your arts practice is none of these things, feel free to contact us if your art form is not mentioned and see if you’re eligible! However, please note that we are not accepting photography this year.

If your work(s) are selected by Colosoul Art Exhibition/Auction team, we will exhibition it for free in the city of Perth, alongside the other successful applicants.
On the last day of the exhibition it will be auctioned off to the public, where you will get 20% of the sales and 60% being donated to the Burns Unit at PMH.

Closing date for applications is the 20th July 2011.

Artists who are successful will be notified on the Monday June 13th 2011.

If you have any questions feel free to contact:
Sarah Eve Deaman - Artist Liaison Officer
W: www.colosoul.com.au
E: art@colosoul.com.au

Paper Chain

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 --
join us at the Paper Chain facebook group
Please feel free to pass this email on to anyone you think may be interested.
If you would like to join the Paper Chain please send an email to clairebushby@gmail.com

Got questions? Ask Claire B clairebushby@gmail.com or Claire C bbearlair@gmail.com

Outskirts 2011: Call for submissions

On Sunday 25 September the creative hub of Northbridge will come alive for Outskirts, a precinct wide festival celebrating emerging fashion and design. Pop-up stores, artist studios, performance, street stalls, designer sales, workshops and more will take to the streets, as part of Outskirts, which is an event within the Perth Fashion Festival.

Outskirts is a pedestal for upcoming and existing local WA talent - the inaugural 2009 event comprised of over 50 things to do, see and collect, supported over 290 individual creatives and was a huge success for all involved. This year we hope to make it even better by filling every nook in Northbridge with something exciting, and we're hoping that you can be part of making this happen.

You're Invited
We're looking for creative people, businesses and organisations to get involved in this year's Outskirts program.

The scope is huge, and it is really up to what you would like to do to be included. To get you thinking, here are few ideas:
- a pop up store
- take your studio to the street for a day
- a static display of your latest collection
- an exhibition
- a street market stall
- a group activity involving the public (workshop, public art installation, etc)
- a fashion parade

Your concept can be purely promotional - building an image for your brand, or commercial - aiming to make sales on the day.

Submissions are due on 1 July. 

For more information - take a gander at the On William website

Monday, May 30

Made on the Left - Winter Market

There’s no denying it – summer is gone and winter is settling in.  With plenty of chilly weather and (hopefully) rainy days ahead, thankfully Perth can count on another Made on the Left winter market to brighten their grey skies. 

Made on the Left showcases the best independently made art, design and fashion created right here on the left side of Australia. Our next market is going to be in a large new CBD location for one day only 
Sunday 10th July 11-5pm at one40william.

For all of those delightful designers out there - 
the Application form is online now! Pleas apply before 11 June.
The stall fee: $100, with one trestle table provided. There is limited access, being a new inner city location, so please take note that there is no parking on site. There will be lift, stair and elevator access.

We look forward to hearing from you!

XX The MOTL Team

Thursday, May 12

WAMi Festival - Pop-up Market

Who doesn't love a music festival? Especially one with a top designer market on site! Listening to great local bands while you shop sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon to me!

As part of this years WAMi Festival we'll be there showcasing the best of West Australian designer talent. 

Here are the details:

Sunday Live @ WAMi Festival
Sunday 22 May
Perth Cultural Centre 

You can also catch super local bands in Forrest Place & the Northbridge Piazza on the day.

Come down to support all this home-grown talent. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 23

New Date!

Nope, this aint your granny’s cross-stitch. This is hearts, skulls, owls, cherries and more. Your guidance in all things stitchy and cross will be provided by the lovely Annie Rawle of Osmosis Designs, and the coffee and tea will be served by none other than Cabin Fever queen Ruth. Its sure to be a great night, the buzz at our last event was really something special. If you want a peice of the actionhead over to our merch store for tickets and more details.

We hope to see you there!


Friday, April 8

Craft Nights at the Cabin #2 - Cross-Stitch POSTPONED


We had a blast on the 16th of March with our first Craft Nights @ Cabin Fever, and we’re totally stoked to be announcing the next event!

Wednesday 13th April :: Cross-Stitch

Nope, this aint your granny’s cross-stitch. This is hearts, skulls, owls, cherries and more. Your guidance in all things stitchy and cross will be provided by the lovely Annie Rawle of Osmosis Designs, and the coffee and tea will be served by none other than Cabin Fever queen Ruth. Its sure to be a great night, the buzz at our last event was really something special. If you want a peice of the action head over to our merch store for tickets and more details.

We hope to see you there!


Thursday, April 7

Cabin Fever: Craft Night #1

What fun! There was such a great atmosphere at Pidgeonhole's Cabin Fever at our first craft night - sipping hot drinks from vintage china, great discussion, concentration on learning new skills, new people, and yarn tags! The delightful Ruth was the ideal host - thank you Ruth!! And thank you to the wonderful crafters who came along and had fun with captain plaknit! How is your crochet coming along? We would love to see some pics of your yarn-tags :)

Here are a few pics. Maybe they will inspire you to come along to our next craft night?!

Wednesday, March 16

kickstART youth markets

Propel Youth Arts WA are calling out for stall holders at the kickstART youth markets - you can apply as an individual or group and you will be in the running to win a spot at the next Made on the Left market! 

We are looking for young designers and artists to show off their hand-made products and wares! If this sounds like you or if you have an idea for a stall, read the info sheet on what’s required and apply online!

smART Stall Business workshops

 Join the team from Made on the Left to find out all the do’s and don’t’s about selling your art. Not sure how to turn your art into a sellable product? Need a few tips of putting together the most impressive stall at the markets? How about the inside goss on pricing your product? Get all of your questions answered and meet some of WA’s most successful crafters. Find out more here

Tuesday, March 15

Bicycle Swap Meet

Are you a happy hooker? A keen crocheter? Here is a great opportunity: Granny Funk will be running FREE crochet workshops to funk up your bike! Sounds like fun!

Monday, March 14

16th March Cabin Fever Craft Night - Yarn Tagging

Hey All!

Come to our Craft Night at Pigeonhole's Cabin Fever Wednesday night and learn how to make a yarn tag from Lex AKA Captain Plaknit!

Buy your ticket HERE.

... "Do you want to learn how to basic crochet/knit - just enough skill to make bits of yarny goodness to wrap around the trees and poles of the CBD?

Then come to the craft night at Pigeonhole's Cabin Fever! Your teacher will be Lex of Captain Plaknit fame, so you'll be in friendly competent hands!
Want to learn more about what the heck yarn tagging (and its bigger brother yarn bombing) actually are? Have a peek at the links below;
http://www.flickr.com/groups/yarnbombingukdiy/pool/ http://maskerade.blogsome.com/ http://yarnbombing.com/
See you there! "


Wednesday, March 9

Melville Sculpture Walk

For those of you interested in the wider arts community, you might want to pop into Kadidjiny Park in Melville throughout March. This year's Sculpture Walk presents 20 sculptures created by community, emerging and professional artists. Opening night is this Friday, 11 March.

PS - Peta and Lex from MOTL are installing a collaborative textile piece!

Tuesday, March 1

KickstART Youth Markets

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. 

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

Montage Pop-up Shop

As part of the City of Fremantle’s new ‘Renew Fremantle’ initiative, a group of 12 local handmade designers have joined together to create Fremantle’s latest ‘pop-up shop’ in Adelaide Street, Fremantle called “Montage”.
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: 

BHO by Rebecca Fogarty

cocoapod by Renee Garabedian

eeva margita by Niina Aoki

iheartcharlie by Libby Gardiner

lorgie&me by Kamma Spring

Modern Homewares by Helen Truscott

Neddynibbles by Karen La Greca

Osier by Lauren O'Brien

Osmosis by Annie Rawle

Petrafanella by Peta Galloway

riley and fynn designs by Marisa Simeone

Tall Rabbit by Nicole Moffat

For further information, visit www.montagecollective.blogspot.com 

Tuesday, February 1

Are you ready to wholesale?

Hi Everyone,

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 daunti
ng 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


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

Artist Opportunity : Studio Space

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.

Gallery Director

Tel 08 9472 8043

Saturday, January 29


We here at MOTL have had the unfortunate occurance of having our first outdoor pop-up market the day of the first cyclone in Perth for 30+ years. Hence we've postponed to a later date yet to be determined.

We'll let you know as soon as we know.


Monday, January 24

Beverley Platform Market - call for stallholders

The Beverley Platform Market is set in the beautiful gardens and on the station platform of the Beverley station gallery, Vincent street Beverley on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 from 9.00am to 3.00pm

Other events in town this weekend will include the airing of the quilts, tennis tournament, Beverley Art gallery society 43rd annual art purchase exhibition

For expressions of interest please phone Marlene - 646 77 263

Sunday, January 23

Australia Day on Etsy!

Australia Day Promotion

Gum Leaves Pin Cushion by spincushions

The Australian teams on etsy have joined together for an exciting cross-team Australia Day event! Teams from all around Australia are participating- the Down Under Street Team (DUST), the Sydney Etsy Team, the MadeOnTheLeft team from Perth, and the BrisStyle team from Brisbane.

Find some amazing handmade or vintage goodies, or pick up some craft supplies to make something special! Participating shops are offering a discount of between 15%-25% across their entire store between January 26th-31st (Aus time).

How to get the special Australia Day discount:

Enter the discount code ausday in the coupon code space during checkout between 26th-31st

Use the code for:
15% off these items
20% off these items
25% off these items

*Note- more items will be added from the 26th, so check back then to make sure you don't miss out!

Support for the flood disaster

From My Heart Card donated by glasfaden

As part of the Australia Day event, we'd also like to help spread the word about the efforts on etsy to raise funds for those affected by the terrible flood disaster in Queensland.

The BrisStyle team is running a Handmade Ark Flood Appeal, with some or all proceeds from items sold to be donated to the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund. Browse items from the Ark Appeal here or find out more on the BrisStyle Blog.

The DUST team has set up a dedicated shop with all proceeds (minus etsy and PayPal fees) to be donated to the premier's flood appeal. Visit the shop here.

(please note- the flood fundraising appeals are separate from the Australia Day discount offer)