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!

Wednesday, June 19

Beau Est Mien Winter 2013 product launch

Magali Dincher, artist and owner of creative business Beau Est Mien, will launch an exciting new range of products at Willow and the Bowerbird in Fremantle on Thursday 28 June.

Previously, Magali’s work centred around creating artworks with linograph, collagraph and screen printing techniques on paper, fabric or stone. The new Winter 2013 range includes: 
  • A 2014 desk calendar containing images of twelve cities Magali selected for their architecture, atmosphere, colour and joy 
  • A brand new series of hand-painted cards – to announce a new baby, say ‘I love you’, 
and more 
  • Illustrated cards, printed from original Beau Est Mien artworks 
  • Funky notepads, so even your lists will be beautiful 
  • Art posters, printed with care to look as good as the original artwork. Limited to 200 copies, each one has been numbered and signed 
  • Hand-painted invitation cards 
  • Fun rubber stamp sets 
All of Magali’s designs have been locally printed on quality paper stock, and use 100% recycled paper where possible.

Beau Est Mien Winter 2013 product launch: 
When: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 27 June 2013 
Where: Willow and the Bowerbird, 78 George Street, East Fremantle
Entry is free 
A special gift bag will be provided to the first 20 people who arrive

Wednesday, June 12

City of Stirling Art Award and Exhibition Entries Open

Entries are now open for the City of Stirling's biennial Art Award & Exhibition.  With a prize pool of over $11,000, entrants will have the chance to win the Acquisitive First Prize, Local Artist Award, Emerging Artist Award and People's Choice Award. 

Prizes will also be awarded in the categories of: Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Watercolour, Drawing/Works on Paper, 3D Sculpture, Print Media (non digital), Mixed Media.

The exhibition will boast over 200 entries from Western Australian artists and will be open to the public daily.

Exhibition Dates:  Thursday 26 September - Sunday 6 October 2013
Venue:  City of Stirling Reception Hall, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling
Exhibition open daily:  10am - 4pm

Entries close 4pm, 30th August 2013.  You can enter online now. 

Monday, June 10

Stallholder Profile: Spotlight on "Little Mo and Friends"

Little Mo and Friends was the winner of our Best Stall Display for our November 2012 market. Not only did Helena win us over with her display, she also makes the sweetest things for young and old! Let's go behind the scenes...

Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Helena, creator/illustrator of Little Mo and Friends.

What materials do you use?
Ink and paper mostly when I’m drawing. And if I am making products from my art, I like sourcing out recycled paper and vintage art frames or vintage pendants to frame my drawings.

What steps do you take to prepare for a market?
I try to at least have two or three new products to feature in my market, just to make it exciting for my return customers. When I style my stall, I usually make that new product my feature piece.

What is your favourite part of the creative process?
Getting lost in my drawings and observing my rough sketches evolve into physical products that are worn and cherished by my customers.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
For my online shop it’s been my mystery bag. If you’re unsure of what to buy in my shop, grab a mystery bag and I’ll fill it with art goodies; prints, notebooks and jewellery. When I first listed it in in my shop, my husband said nobody is going to buy it because they don’t know what’s inside it. But it’s been my most popular item, so I guess people do like surprises!

For my markets, it’s my illustrated jewellery. I think it’s an affordable way to collect my art and wear it everyday!

What is the most exciting thing that has come out of selling your designs through markets?
Meeting my online customers in person and meeting new friends and new customers! I’m always so grateful for their support and encouragement.

What advice would you give someone who wants to sell their crafts?
Make something totally unique and all about you. Don’t copy. Be original.

What goals do you have in store for the future?
Drawing and producing more artworks, drawing a book and having a small exhibition would be nice.