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!

Thursday, February 28

'Mind Your Arts' Workshops

Do you have a desire to tell your story? Want to learn how to make a 1-2 minute movie? No technical experience needed! A great opportunity to learn how to turn an iPad into a multi-media production tool.

Develop digital media and storytelling skills as our facilitators assist you to produce your 1-2 minute personal story as a video you can share with your friends and family.

No experience in using iPads is necessary as all the training to these simple and powerful storytelling techniques will be trained in the workshop.

Our pre-workshop pack will help you come along fully prepared with a story and photographs to share. After finessing your story, we will show you how to record your audio track, scan your photographs and edit them together into a short video that will be viewed at the end of the workshop. Your movie will be made available to you online and on DVD.

Come along and tell your story, or buddy-up with a friend or relative and make a film on their story.

When: Two sessions available: Saturday 9 March or Saturday 16 March 2013
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Where: Mt Flora Regional Museum, Elvire Street, Watermans Bay
Cost: $25.00 per story
Bring: An idea for a story and accompanying photographs. All other materials and light refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited. To register and pay click here

INTRODUCTION TO LOMOGRAPHY WORKSHOP Step back in time and get hands-on with the fun and interactive form of film photography. A 'shoot from the hip' style, Lomography encourages the photographer to think outside the viewfinder when capturing their surrounds on film.

These workshops will introduce participants to a series of lomo cameras and shooting techniques, before moving into a group shoot exercise. These workshops are designed for all skill levels in photography, so if you've always wanted to give lomography a go, then get in quick as places are limited.

When: Saturday 6 April 2013
Time: 11.30am - 1.00pm
Where: Maureen Grierson Community Centre, The Esplanade, Scarborough
Cost: $25.00
Bring: Any lomography camera you may have (non essential). All other materials and light refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited. To register and pay click here

A introduction to drawing focusing on Coastal Plants with Western Australian Artist Angela Rossen.

Discover Scarborough's local flora in a whole new light with this Introduction to Drawing workshop with artist Angela Rossen. Angela will take you through the basics of pencil drawing with a focus on coastal plants found in-situ in the dunes of Scarborough.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

When: Saturday 25 May 2013
Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Where: Maureen Grierson Community Centre, The Esplanade, Scarborough
Cost: $25.00
Bring: Pencil sharpener, Two 6B Pencils, One A3 Spirax 110 gram Cartridge Paper Sketch Book, Eraser

Places are limited. To register and pay click here

Monday, February 25

Re-Love Project

We're pleased to announce that we have been asked to participate in the Feast Watson Re-Love Project along with 8 other designers. Our mission is to bring an old piece of furniture back to life which will then be auctioned on eBay on 9th May to raise money for the Salvos stores. We are so excited! 
Our piece of furniture is an old school desk which we have big plans for. 
Here is a 'before' photo - as you can see, it certainly needs some love... stay tuned to see how it progresses!

Wednesday, February 13


The City of Stirling is seeking expressions of interest from artists interested in hosting workshops, installations or activities for the upcoming local event titled ‘Illuminate’ to occur on Saturday 30 March 2013 from 5pm – 9pm. The City will provide up to $5,000 for one large scale project, or smaller amounts for workshops or small installations.

The 'Illuminate' community event will include a range of activities for the whole family including lantern making, craft activities for the kids, games, fire shows, plus a glow ride will take place around the lake.

The theme is celebration of light and community interaction - all things glowing, luminary, bright or colourful should be incorporated into any ideas. As a sub theme, ideas that incorporate Easter are also welcomed, as the event falls on the Easter long weekend.

Date: Saturday 30 March 2013
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Lake Gwelup, Gwelup
Contact: 9205 8555
Download the artist brief 
here or email culture@stirling.wa.gov.au for more information.

Ideas are required by Monday 4 March 2013 for inclusion in the program of activities.

Monday, February 4

Graffiti artist callout

Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian restaurant is opening in Perth in March, and he & his team are on the lookout for a budding street/graffiti artist to design two artworks to install as permanent fixtures in the restaurant. The unique graffiti in Jamie’s Italians across the UK have become much loved features of the restaurants. So get thinking, get inspired and get painting!

Brief: A piece of art that’s creative and unique, something that all of Jamie's Italian's diners will be able to admire for years to come.

Medium: Graffiti on two timber panels (2m wide x 2.6m high, and 6m apart).

Submission: Send three relevant examples of recent work and a vignette(s) of your proposal to design@jamieoliver-int.com. Make sure the email subject is: Jamie’s Artwork Perth – (Your Name).

Timeline: Submissions must be received by the 11th February. The winner will be announced on 15th February, 2013.

Claisebrook Carnivale and Duck Derby stallholder callout

The Claisebrook Carnivale and Duck Derby is a community project of the Rotary Club of Heirisson and is part of “Eat Drink Perth 2013”. This event incorporates both a Carnivale and a (plastic) Duck Race on Sunday 24th March at Victoria Gardens, East Perth. 
The Carnivale will be held about 20 metres from where the duck races will be held in Claisebrook Cove. 

The Claisebrook Carnivale Committee is looking for well made local (Western Australian and Australian) products such  as:

  • Hand crafted goods 
  • Children’s toys and goods 
  • Jewellery & accessories 
  • Giftware 
  • Homemade food - Jams/pickles/cakes 
  • Glassware 
  • Garden/outdoors 
  • Ceramics  
  • Home wares 

The cost is $120 for a 3m x 3m site. Stallholders are required to supply their own marquee, trestles and chairs and have at least $10 million in Public Liability insurance. 
For more information and the application form, go here: www.duckderby.com.au/stallholders/