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, June 25


The Western Australian Museum is hosting a craft day on Sunday 1 July and encouraging Perth sew-ers to come along and make toy dinosaurs.

It’s a free event and hand sewing is encouraged – so no machines please!  But knitting, crocheting, hand sewing etc. are all good. Craft kits will be available to purchase for those who don’t have supplies.

You can register for the free event at http://museum.wa.gov.au/whats-on/craft-o-saurus

Monday, June 18

Made on the Left Winter Market Poster!

With acceptance letters going out this week, it's time to unveil the poster design for our Winter market...

Ta da!

Artwork by Lorelee Gobetti.

Help Tell the World About Etsy

Want to be part of sharing the Etsy story?

Take a picture of yourself or someone you know holding an Etsy item in front of a local landmark and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #EtsyEverywhere or our new Flickr pool by June 18, 2012 (US TIME) for a chance to be included in a new video project.

To find out more about the project click here.

Help us show the world our wonderful Etsy community — a incredible network of creative small businesses and passionate shoppers.

Tuesday, June 12

Wireless Hill Centenary Event call for stallholders

The City of Melville is still seeking stall holders for the Wireless Hill Centenary Event. Artist and community group stalls are welcome to apply.

The Wireless Hill Centenary is a significant historical event celebrating 100 years of wireless telecommunications. The Wireless Hill station was the first station opened in Australia and is now the only surviving station of its kind. Activities on the day of the Centenary event will include music, displays of telecommunications memorabilia, vintage car displays, children’s tradional games and craft activities, animal farmyard and pony rides, bush poets, indigenous activities and much more.

The details are:

EVENT: 2012 Wireless Hill Centenary
DATE: Sunday, 30th September, 2012
VENUE: Wireless Hill Park, Telefunken Drive, Ardross
EVENT TIME: 12.00noon to 5.00pm

If you're interested in applying or would like further information, please contact Kate Schilling at the City of Melville for the application form.

Monday, June 11

International Postcard Swap

Want to be a part of an international exhibition? If you are aged between 5 - 26 you can create a postcard to send to the UK for the Handmade Postcard Swap!
The Handmade Postcard Swap is in its second year and is being organised by Schoolswaps. This year’s exhibition theme is ‘Let me introduce myself’.
To participate all you have to do is create a postcard (should be 15cm x 13cm in size) using any materials you like (paints, fabrics, inks). Just make sure that it represents you!
To find out more about the project head to the School Swaps website.
If you are interested in participating you can send or drop your postcards into Propel by FRIDAY 15th JUNE. They will send them off to be exhibited amongst others from around the world at the International Youth Arts Festival in the UK! Check out the Propel website for more info.

Friday, June 8

PCP Photography Workshop Series applications open

Table Talks
is a new Perth Centre for Photography initiative containing a series of 4 artist talks and fortnightly interactive workshops set to inspire young photographers to develop their art practice and make invaluable connections within the Perth art scene.

Running from 4th July through to 31st October, 2012, Perth Centre for Photography will be hosting fortnightly workshops to a group of 15 local photomedia based artists who will be invited to show and discuss their work. On a Monthly basis where workshops and artist talks coincide, the guest artists will attend the workshop prompting discussion and allowing Table Talks members to gain invaluable feedback from industry professionals.

Guest lecturers will include: 

  • Dr Juha Tolonen (incredible urban landscape photographer)
  • Claire Martin (Photojournalist - had a show 'Slab City' in foto freo 2 years ago which put her firmly on the map. She's now being published all around the world and working for some amazing agencies)
  • Daniel King (Melbourne based portrait photographer. He's coming over to talk about indigenous culture and the arts)
  • Bo Wong (kick ass perth photographer, just had a show in foto freo)

The workshops have been designed for artists to create the strongest body of work they can throughout the four month long series utilising feedback gained from peers and professional artists. The program will culminate in participating artists exhibiting selected images for a month long group exhibition in November at PCP.

The criteria for selection will focus on people who possess a sound understanding, enthusiasm and a commitment to the art form of photography; people who are willing to have a say to assist other artists develop their practice and reach their artistic goals; established, burgeoning and emerging photographers are also welcome to apply. We are strictly limited to 15 places.

To be considered for this exciting new program please submit an entry form by Monday 25th June 2012, 12 pm (WST). Submission is free.

Cost of series including exhibiton, for successful applicants, is $200 or $190 for existing PCP members.

Click here for to register your application.

For more info, email tabletalks@pcp.org.au or 'like' the facebook page 

Friday, June 1

Paper Mountain: Proposal Call Out!

Paper Mountain is an Artist Run Initiative with studios & a gallery/project space, located in William St, Northbridge. 

They are seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions, projects and performances, for July – Dec 2012. Selection is based on the strength of the application, suitability of the project for the space and the resolution of the ideas underpinning the artist’s practice. The program is open to practicing artists and curators of any medium.

The next deadline for receiving proposals is June 30, 2012.

To download an Applicant Info Pack (includes gallery dimensions and hire info) and a Proposal Form, head to their website: http://www.papermountain.org.au/proposals/

For all proposal enquiries and submissions please email proposals@papermountain.org.au