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!

Saturday, January 19

Creative Short Courses at Central

Get your creative juices flowing by doing a creative short course at Central.

Learn a new skill, explore a passion and get that right brain firing with courses that span everything from music to digital media and 3D design, to fashion and health 
including Shodou: Japanese CalligraphyCorsetry Design & ProductionCeramics: Design & make tablewareFurniture Making for Women - Make a Hand Dovetailed Box and lots more!

Enrolments are open now with workshops starting February 2013. Places are limited and on a first in first serve basis, full payment required to confirm place. For more information about the courses, visit the website or email enquiry.art@central.wa.edu.au .

Pally Pop Shop Stallholder callout

Pally Pop Shop at the Palmyra Western Farmers' Market will be holding a Valentine's Day Night Market on Thursday 14th February 5 - 9pm at Palmyra Primary School and are looking for stallholders.

The growers market will be in full operation, there will be a licenced bar, Banjo Burgers, Jai's Thai and an array of additional food and drink choices and also a free screening of Disney classic ‘Lady and the Tramp’ at their outdoor Cinema.

Stalls are $45 and free to fundraising groups. Part proceeds of the Pally Pop Shop fees will support the MAD 4 Cambodia charity.

For more information and an application form, contact pallyfarm@live.com . All applications must be received by COB Friday 8th February 2013.

Wednesday, January 16

KickstART Markets Stallholder Callout

Photo: Naomi Craigs
Are you a young person aged 12 - 25, keen on selling your original or handmade wares?

As part of the 
KickstART Festival for National Youth Week 2013, Propel Youth Arts WA is organising the KickstART Markets on Saturday 6th April with stalls open from 12pm - 8pm in the Perth Cultural Centre and Urban Orchard.

This is a great opportunity for young people to exhibit their wares to their peers and the general public. 

If you’re keen to have a stall at the KickstART Markets, go to the website for more the information and application forms.

Registrations close 19th February, 2013.

Monday, January 14

Calling all Arty Farty Retailers!

The City of Stirling has joined forces with HMS PopUp Productions for a night market hosted at the Inglewood Library courtyard on Wednesday 20 February 2013 as part of the Summerset Arts Festival. HMS PopUp Productions are seeking local artists and craftspeople selling affordable wares, from jewellery and clothing, to artworks and home wares.

To be part of the ‘Art Farty Night Market’ email your details to productions@hmspopup.com and include: 
  • Name 
  • Business/Stall Name 
  • Contact number 
  • Description of the products you hope to sell.
HMS Popup productions will email you further stall details and costs.

Wednesday, January 9

Creative Callouts

If you are a creative with big ideas here are two opportunities for you:

The tĂș store in Northbridge is looking for local artists and designers to exhibit in the Stairway Gallery, a unique gallery space tucked down the back of the shop. This hidden creative hub is an intimate yet casual environment. The stairwell showcases local artists and designers monthly. If you are interested in having an exhibition please apply at info@tu.com

Paper Mountain in Northbridge is currently accepting proposals for exhibitions, performances and projects to take place April - November 2013. 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. Find more info and proposal forms on the website. For any proposal related enquiries please email proposals@papermountain.org.au Proposals due midnight Jan 15, 2013.

Tuesday, January 8

studiOH! Summer Workshops

Taking place from 31st January - 7th February 2013 in a pop-up location in East Fremantle, the studiOH! workshops will include Make Your Own Crocheted Floor Rug (over two sessions), Make Your Own Terrarium, Make Your Own Ceramic Mini House Votive & Planter Box, Print, Dye, Personalise & Package Your Own Teatowels, and Terrariums for Kids (in two age groups).

All the details can be found on their website, and bookings can be made through their online store. There are discounts for multiple bookings of 3 or more, so get together with some friends or book yourself into multiple classes (make sure you choose the multiple booking option in the online store). These workshops will all be in small groups and are expected to fill up fast!

Monday, January 7

Mind Your Arts Workshops

Mind Your Arts is a series of workshops and programs aimed at engaging and encouraging artists and the general community to develop their skills and get involved in arts activities. The program changes throughout the year, with the focus on hands-on workshops and networking opportunities. All are welcome, however places are limited and registration is essential.

Hollow Form Felting with Pauline Franklyn 

Using wet felting, Pauline Franklyn will guide participants in making a beautiful bowl or vessel using the resist method. 

Pauline is a dedicated teacher and is passionate about sharing her felting knowledge and techniques. She has been running workshops since 2005. 

Venue: Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora 
Date: Sunday 3 February 2013 
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm 
Cost: $25.00 

Places are strictly limited and registration is essential. To book your place visit www.hollowformfelting.eventbrite.com.au

Breakdown Dye Printing with Lyn Nixon

Dye print a unique, one of a kind silk scarf using thickened dyes. Lyn Nixon will take participants through the process of creating a design on a screen and using thickened dyes to print it onto silk. The deconstruction process creates exciting and dynamic patterns. 

Lyn Nixon is a designer/maker who combines her love of textiles and wood.

Venue: Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora
Date: Sunday 20 January 2013
Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: $25.00

Places are strictly limited and registration is essential. To book your place visit www.breakdowndyeprinting.eventbrite.com.au

Friday, January 4

Jondalup Festival Markets Stallholder Applications

The Joondalup Festival 2013 is fast approaching and stallholder applications are NOW OPEN!
Featuring two massive market days, the Festival Markets will be filled with fashion, arts and crafts, gift-wares, home-wares, fresh food, produce and a range of entertainment such as local bands and street performers.
Further information and the online application form can be found via their website here.  For further information please contact the City of Joondalup on 9400 4705. 
Applications close on 29th January. Stall prices from $160.  

Joondalup Festival Market Dates and Location
Saturday 23 March 2013, 2.00pm – 10.00pm
Sunday 24 March 2013, 2.00pm – 9.00pm                                             
Location: Lotteries House Car Park (Boas Avenue, Joondalup).