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, July 23

Made on the Left July market

Poster by Natasha Muhl

This Sunday, 28th July is the first Made on the Left market for the year! We are very excited as it's been a lot of hard work and will be our biggest market yet! We will have stalls on four levels of the State Theatre Centre. The market is open from 11 am - 5 pm so make sure you get there in plenty of time to see all the stallholders:

A Story Of 
Ali B Creative + Textil
Anna Hadwin Crochet Toys 
Baba-dee Productions  
Barking Mad Photography 
Bloomers Gifts 
Blue Lawn Designs 
Blue Lily Arts & Craft 
Captured by a girl  
Charlie and James 
Claire Townsend Designs
Clay & Clasp 
Delight Society 
Donna Read – Contemporary Jeweller 
Dreamskin Minerals 
Eden Dreams 
Ella & Lily  
Elly Cernohorsky 
Enid Twiglet 
Ernest & Bumble 
Freckle and Co. 
Grim and proper  
Itty Bitty Curios 
Jovial designs 
Karl Phillips Handmade Pens  
Kelsey Reid Illustration & Design
Kitulia Cushions  
Kjerstin Bjelland 
Koi Girl  
le hatchery 
Little L
Little Mo and Friends
M3 idea  
Made 4 You   
Magpie House   
Major Mitchell Designs   
Marina's Ambrosia   
Martha and Lilly   
Miss Vincent   
Mockingbird Glass   
Monkeys Over The Moon    
Moonlight Harvest   
Moss & Twig
Ms.muffin limited
my dear Louise
Natasha Muhl
NovelTea Vintage
On The Front Line 
osmosis designs
Paper Plane
Pixel Closet 
Raffaella Basini Creations
Rebecca Antos
Reyi Designs
SiJu Glass
St Saviours
Sweet Salvaged Designs
T-BO_Street Art Venger
Tall Rabbit
The Gift Bootique
the bunny
The Hello Bureau
The Little Green Project 
The Little Press
Thyme 4 t 
When Adam met Eve
Windermere Designs
Zozo Handmade

Subiaco Craft Collectibles and Community Fair

The Rotary Club of Matilda Bay is hosting its annual Subiaco Craft, Collectibles and Community Fair on Sunday 27 October 2013 at the Oak Lawn at the University of Western Australia.  

Early bird registration rates are available on their website until 31st July. Prices range from $140 - $180. This year there is a ‘collectibles’ category which includes items such as antiques, toys, coins, comic books and stamps. 

If you have any queries, please contact enquiries@subiacocraftfair.org.au.

Palmyra Western Farmers Market 3rd Birthday Celebration

Pally Pop Shop art/craft markets at Palmyra Primary School will be celebrating the market's 3rd Birthday with plenty of exciting and fun things happening on the  morning of Sunday 28th July, alongside the weekly Palmyra Western Farmers Market
Contact Lisa & Karen to get a stallholder application form.  

Style and Focus blog

Style and Focus is an exciting new blog that is Perth based. It concentrates on creatives that have taken their style and designs to the next level. “We have called ourselves a ‘blogazine'!”, says Jody, as we show original images and writing, much like the magazines that we freelance for. The articles will continue to grow in their focus and style to bring together all aspects of what makes beautiful homes. 

Photography By Jody D’Arcy. Produced and styled by Jo Carmichael

The blog is a collaboration between photographer, Jody D’Arcy and stylist, Jo Carmichael who have an eye for beautiful things and want to source and share with their readers some serious eye candy. Their backgrounds include work for publications such as Inside Out, Home Beautiful, House & Garden, Country Style and Scoop magazine. From all their combined experience, they want to showcase people they have come across (all proudly sandgroper talent), beautiful things they have discovered, style and design hints, tips and forecasts and project it all onto one special blog to share. They focus mainly on the home and garden and all its trimmings, discovering the people behind the design and things they love. 

Jo and Jody specialise in creating beautiful and thoughtful styled images for websites, advertising and online stores. Their clients range from architects such as KADA, online stores like Bowerhouse and builders such as National Estate Builders. If you are stumped on how to showcase your products and style, Jo and Jody can round it up, story board, create sets and photograph it for you for all your business needs.

Their vision is to connect, grow and support Perth burgeoning talent base, fostering all that is original and beautiful for example, Made on the Left stallholder, Fluid Ink

Fluid Ink Letterpress

So be sure to check them out! Sign up to their newsletter, like them on Facebook to follow what they are up to. It will also give you a fresh insight into what’s happening on your own doorstep. 

Sunday, July 14

Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School Spring Arts Festival

Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School is having a Spring Arts Festival in September and they are looking for stallholders.

When: Sunday 15th September, 1:00 - 5:00pm
Where: Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School, Cnr Bishop and Soldiers Roads, Mundijong.
How much: $20.00 per stall. 
For more information: email Deon Shearer dshearer@sjgs.wa.edu.au or phone Tania Wareham on 95259140 

Wednesday, July 10

Term 3 creative short courses at Central

Central is the place for all things creative.

Learn a new skill, explore a passion and get that right brain firing with courses that span everything from music to digital media, music, repairing furniture, to fashion and photography.
Turn the ceramics wheel, print on clay, get some photography basics, learn professional tips on applying make upmake a hand dovetailed box or skill up on Photoshop!

This Winter for term 3, there are over 70 creative courses that get underway from early August. Most courses run for 6 - 8 weeks for a few hours each week, however there are also some day workshops.

Enrolments now open!

Tuesday, July 9

Stallholder Profile: Spotlight on Anna Hadwin Crochet Toys

Anna Hadwin of Anna Hadwin Crochet Toys has been a stallholder at Made on the Left markets for many years, always making us squeal at the cuteness of her creations! Let's see what goes on behind the scenes...

Tell us a bit about yourself
I have been crocheting and knitting since I was 5 years old. We moved from the UK to California and it was a great way to keep me occupied. My baby sister was only 6 weeks old. Moving back to the UK I made my first jumper at 8 years old, and I haven’t stopped crafting since.

What inspires you to create?

The joy of making. My husband (Toby) and daughter (Orlando) are both very artistic and their drawings and doodles supply me with many ideas. 
I love yarn, and have a “Wool Mountain” at my house (pictured left).

What materials do you use?
Wool in acrylic, cotton and specialty yarns.

What steps do you take to prepare for a market?
Each market has a different customer base, so I try and tailor products for that market. Then I crochet like crazy!

What’s your number one market tip?
Stay positive and listen to advice from those around you - customers and stallholders. There is a wealth of knowledge out there.

What is your favourite part of the creative process?

Taking time out to plan new designs and seeing them take shape.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
Owl, Penguins and my Pirate Bunny. But who wouldn’t love a Pirate Bunny??

What is the most exciting thing that has come out of selling your designs through markets?
Knowing that my products make people happy. I have many repeat customers and am now wholesaling.

What advice would you give someone who wants to sell their crafts?
You might need to compromise with your product. I started out selling baby/children’s knitwear. But in our climate it was just too hard. So I thought toys and hats and home wares was a better choice.

What goals do you have in store for the future?
To keep on crafting and evolving my products. It’s really important to me to make everything myself and I think customers appreciate that.

Thanks, Anna!
xxx MOTL

Anna Carla exhibition

Anna Carla, runner up for best stall display at the KickstArt Market earlier in the year, is having an exhibition at the HQ gallery in Leederville in August. Get yourself there to check it out! 

2014 Summerset Arts Festival opportunities

The City of Stirling is seeking performing and visual artists and organisations to perform, exhibit or be a part of the City’s biggest community arts celebration, the 2014 Summerset Arts Festival!

If you have an exciting event, idea or project, they’d love to hear about it!

The Summerset Arts Festival attracts over 30,000 people to a range of events held over two weeks in January/February throughout the City of Stirling, and features a mix of performing and visual arts, including live music, comedy, dance, theatre, art exhibitions, workshops and more.

This a fantastic opportunity to coordinate, perform or exhibit a creative project to a wider audience, and receive promotional and organisation support whilst developing and showcasing your creative talent!

Visit www.stirling.wa.gov.au/summerset to see the information and application form or email culture@stirling.wa.gov.au or call 9205 8555 for any other enquiries.

Expressions of Interest close 4pm, Friday 30 August 2013, so get your application in ASAP!