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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.
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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
Thursday, August 22
Big Hearted Business is the love-child of Clare Bowditch, who first began mentoring “creative-types” over a decade ago as the leader of a “Musician’s Self Management and Promotion” course at her local community house. Clare Bowditch has gone on to become one of Australia’s most successful ARIA Award-winning songwriters and has a long list of accomplishments.
Big Hearted Business is here to teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity, in ways that make sense.
Join Clare for an intimate morning tea, where she’ll serve you tea and oranges and biscuits and tell you everything she knows about building a creative career/business, living the life you yearn for, and taking care of yourself as you “step up”.
This is a two hour event including Clare’s best career advice EVER, a Q & A, tea and special biscuits and a chance to “connect with your peeps”.
Date: 31ST August
Location: Perth City Farm, Exhibition Space, 1 City Farm Pl East Perth
Cost: $57 Inc GST
Book your tickets here.
Do you love all things vintage and retro?
Are you into rockabilly or pinup?
Believe you have been born into the wrong time period?
Then here is the market for you!
The Gingin Jive Vintage Fair is in the picturesque town of Gingin on 29th September and is filled with everything vintage and retro. It will kick off at 10am in the Granville grounds and wind down at 4pm. In collaboration with local community groups there will be vintage fashion and makeovers, swing dancers, bands, a tattoo expo, farmers market, vintage and muscle car displays, competitions and much more.
If you are a WA vintage style/vintage business, performer, musician, club or artist and interested in getting involved with Gingin Jive Vintage Fair, you can book a stall on their website. A 3m x 3m Stall cost $ 80.00. The market is focused on products designed by the stallholder and vintage stalls and they would like a mix that appeals to the feel of the vintage, retro and rockabilly theme.
Monday, August 12
Whiteman Park Print Shop has celebrated the craftsmanship of traditional letterpress printing since 1988. For their 25th anniversary, they want to invite everyone - Perth artists, illustrators, graphic designers, typographers, printmakers and enthusiasts - to take part in a juried art exhibition titled "My Perth".
The jury panel will be selecting 20 artworks to be letterpress printed on 300gsm cotton stock. Print editions will be limited to 50 copies each and will be exhibited and on sale in late 2013. The selected artists will receive 20 copies of their own letterpress printed artwork. Deadline for artwork submission: 31 August 2013 via email.
The exhibition will be held at Whiteman Park Print Shop with a grand opening gala on Sunday 17 November and will run until Sunday 24 November.
Any competition queries regarding artwork guidelines for letterpress printing please email email@example.com (Please note in subject line "Competition Enquiry") or visit their website for artwork submission guidelines.
Friday, August 9
Calling all photographers! The 2013 Subiaco Photographic Awards are here again for another year with entries open from Monday 12 August until 5pm Monday 9 September. The awards are open to all photographers in the metropolitan area aged six and above.
Entries will be accepted into one of two categories - Open or Subiaco: meeting place with a total prize pool of $2500.
The finalists' work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Subiaco Library, corner Bagot and Rokeby roads, from Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 November 2013.
For more information, conditions of entry and judging criteria please visit the city’s website.
Thursday, August 8
Have you heard of the Spacemarket MYRE project?
It's a very exciting project where the empty old Myer building in Fremantle is being taken over and turned into a place of unique retail and public activity, a destination unto itself.
They are seeking applications from individuals, groups or businesses with skills and experience in areas such as product design, fabrication, workshops, the visual arts and culture. There will be areas for workshops and retail spaces which will all make up the MYRE community.
Andy of A Good Looking Man has a lease on a whole floor of the building and is looking to fill it with makers with a retail slant. This video shows some of the space but if you want to see it in person, there is a guided walk through the space at 2pm on Saturday 10th August. Meet at the Kings Square entrance. Don't miss this exciting opportunity!
For more information on the project and an application form, download the Expressions of Interest document. All additional queries can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org during the EOI period (closes 26th August). Please also check in on: www.facebook.com/spcmrkt and http://www.facebook.com/agoodlookingman.com.au regularly.
Are you interested in building your social media audience? Then this is the course for you!
"Digital marketing: build your social media audience" is a practical workshop designed to help you to make the most of your social media marketing. You will look at Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Youtube and many other social media and be shown how to ensure the pages/mediums have a similar look and tone. Course is suitable as an introduction to social media marketing and for those wanting to improve their skills.
When: Sat 17 & 24 August, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Where: Central, Perth Campus (Northbridge)
For more information and to enrol, go here.
Wednesday, August 7
We slowly attracted a dedicated following, and were soon selling weekly at London’s Sunday Up Market, and at summer music festivals across the UK. We ended up quitting our ‘day jobs’ when a buyer from Topshop picked us up for their flagship Oxford Circus store… then Anthropologie on Regent Street… then Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. The most exciting day was when Kylie Minogue bought one of our hats. We then saw a photo of her in a St Saviours hat, with Stella McCartney at the Madonna concert (cue overexcited screaming)!!
What do you love most about selling at markets?
Tuesday, August 6
The Mukinbudin Spring Festival Committee is having a Market Day on Saturday 14th September 2013. The Spring Festival continues to be the highlight on the Mukinbudin events calendar, attracting visitors from all over the wheatbelt and beyond.
A $10 fee is payable on all stalls. Indoor and marquee positions are available to early registrations and will be allocated on a first in, first served basis. Contact Lara Ballantyne email@example.com for an application form before Friday 23rd August.