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, April 24

KickstART Youth Markets report & a winner!

Made on the Left spent Saturday perusing the KickstART Youth Markets which were being held at the Cultural Centre in Perth. A yearly event devoted to showcasing the best artists and crafters aged 12-25 once again proved West Australian art is in good hands.

There were a variety of stalls devoted to art, jewellery, home wares, vintage clothing and more. It was definitely an eclectic display and a feast for the eyes, not to mention a temptation for the wallet as we stumbled on yet another stall overflowing with gorgeous products we couldn't resist.

We were also there in an official capacity as Made on the Left was judging the best stall display. The winner will receive a write up in an upcoming newsletter as well as a stall at the July Made on the Left market in a coveted front door space. We discovered to our delight that what the vendors lacked in experience they more than made up for in imagination. Stalls were dressed up with repurposed furniture, banners of every kind and all made fantastic use of the space they had.

Some of the stalls were an explosion of colour and organised chaos while others were a study in minimalism and carefully thought out design. It was clear stall holders had put a lot of thought into how best to display their products and emphasise their unique talents.

All of us judging knew we had a clear winner after looking at all the stalls. The winner, Lauren Mills of Little L, had clearly put in an enormous effort to display her products to their best. Her display utilised multiple heights, complementing props, consistent labelling and signage and was perfectly suited to her brand - it was difficult to find any fault in it. Even her outfit matched!

Congratulations Lauren, you deserve it.

Honourable mentions go to:
Marika Moriyama and Linda Chan for their beautiful Autumn themed minimalist display which worked so perfectly with their brand and was a delight to see.

Laura Byrnes for her wonderful eclectic vintage display which felt so homely and welcoming.

Krissie Grech of Silhouette Workshop for an amazing display of handmade cupcakes stands and tempting display of jams and candles. 

Congratulations to all stallholders, we were very impressed!

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