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!

Monday, February 24

Music in the hills: for clean water

Music in the hills: for clean water is a fundraising event for charity:water, a non-profit organization, to raise money to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
It will take place at the Affinity Café in Roleystone on the 30th March. It will have a picnic theme with a beautifully decorated outdoor space, live music, dance, entertainment, market stalls, raffle draws and silent auction.
They are seeking sponsors to donate prizes for the raffle and silent auction. If you would like to donate something, contact Janet by email.
For more information and to make a donation to the charity fund, go here:

Music in the Hills: for clean water facebook event page:

Madeit Colouring Book - submissions open

Online handmade market, Madeit, are accepting submissions for their first Madeit Colouring Book. This is an all-age book that can be used by children & adults.
  • The artwork will need to be a black line artwork
  • Your artwork can be based on one of your artworks or items or it can be a new artwork that you think would work in the book.
  • Your submission can be for adults or children
  • Your store name & url will be included on the artwork page.
  • Final submission of artwork will need to be high res (300dpi) for printing and scan in at the largest possible size. File type to be a jpg, tiff, eps, pdf 
  • Final size of the book will be A4
  • You will be supplied with 2 copies and have the option to buy more at wholesale rates to on-sell yourself at markets. 
  • The book will be able to be bought in our madeit store and online and will be sent to media as a promotion tool.
  • You must have an active madeit store to be apart of the book
- By submitting your artwork you give madeit the permission to include it in the Colouring Book
- Your artwork will only be used in the Madeit Colouring Book
- Madeit may use your artwork in promotion of the book.

If you would like to be involved, send your artwork ideas to advertise@madeit.com.au by Friday 28th February.

Final high res artwork will need to be supplied by 15th March.

Stretch Arts Festival Mandurah 2014

Expressions of Interest are now open for The Stretch Arts Festival 2014. This event is held over the weekend of the 3rd & 4th of May 2014, 10am - 4pm in Manjar Square, Mandurah. The festival is an annual community arts festival that is held each year in May. It attracts up to 10,000 festival goers to Festival Square over the weekend.

Artists, designers, stylists and craftspeople with unique and individual quality crafted designs are invited to apply to exhibit and sell. Products must be handmade by the stallholder.

A 3 x 3mm space outside is:
• $90.00 for 1-day trade.
• $135.00 for 2-day trade.
(Prices are inclusive of GST.)

THE EOI CLOSES ON THE 7TH OF MARCH 2014 AT CLOSE OF BUSINESS. There are limited spots, so be quick!

For any questions please contact Katie Mathiesen on 0404 874 389 or email

Printmaking workshops

Printmaker Magali Dincher of Beau Est Mien has some workshops for adults coming up in her Fremantle studio.

1st of March, 10am to 3 pm
$200 per person.
Be inspired by Magali's quirky way of drawing cities to create a map of your own neighborhood. Come along with some images of your house and the surroundings to use to draw your map. In the afternoon, use your drawing to create a printing plate and learn how to ink your plate up to create a limited edition of collagraph prints to bring home. Price includes all printing materials and inks.   

Crafternoon Decor Workshop
15 March, 10am to 3pm
$200 per person.
Create and print beautiful prints to decorate your home! Indulge in a crafternoon workshop to create your own hand printed tea towels, table runners, place mats, and cushion covers. You will learn a simple but super effective method of stencil and screen printing that creates bold patterns. Price includes 4 X cotton Tea Towels for printing. You are welcome to bring your own cotton fabric to create other homewares too. More tea towels available to purchase on the day. No experience necessary, price includes all printing materials and inks. 

To book or for more information, call on 0450 920 466 or email info@beauestmien.com.au You can also book your workshops online here

Wednesday, February 19

Yarn bombing & Crochet cactus garden

Learn about yarn bombing and how to crochet a cactus in these March workshops with Captain Plaknit! 
Phone 0408 999 943 or email contact@azureentertainment.com.au to book.

Thursday, February 13

Guest post: 10 Qualities That Attract Wholesale Buyers

You’ve spent years perfecting your products, they sell well at markets and you’ve built up a loyal following. But how do you know if you’re ready to start selling wholesale? 

Getting shops to take you seriously as a potential wholesaler can be an uphill battle. What do they want? What are buyers looking for but they never tell you about? Below are 10 qualities that you as a business possess which will separate your products from all the competition and show buyers that you are a brand worth taking seriously.

1. You Make Products That Will Sell In Stores: 
Seems just a little bit obvious but sometimes what sells well in a market or online will not sell well in a retail shop. Personalised items or products that do not display well (made to fit clothing or un-stretched canvases) will probably be rejected by a wholesale buyer because they won’t be able to display the products well enough to get a sale.

Before approaching a shop ensure that what you are selling is something they can display and sell on the spot.

2. You Look Like A Business – Not A ‘Hobby’: 
Shops will be less likely to take you seriously if they think this is just a phase you’re going through. Always give shops every impression that you are a business; return emails and phone calls promptly, have answers to questions they might ask you at the ready, know what kind of delivery time you’ll need, have your wholesale policies in place and stay friendly and approachable but refrain from talking about personal subjects until your relationship reaches that level.

3. Your Branding Is Cohesive: 

Make sure everything about your brand tells the same story of who you are. This includes logo, packaging, website design, business cards, brochures and more. Try this exercise to see if you have cohesive branding: grab one of everything you have that relates to you business that wholesale buyers and customers will see. Spread it all out in front of you and take a good look. What does your brand say? Does everything flow together and look like it all belongs to each other? If not, revise the aspects that do not work and redesign them so they do.
Ella & Lily Photo by Brian Hadwin

4. You Have A Unique Selling Position: 

What is it that you do that sets you apart from everyone else? Do you:
  • Create eco friendly products? 
  • Use materials that are locally sourced? 
  • Use special/unique packaging? 
  • Donate to charity with profits? 
Try and refrain from simply stating “my unique selling point is that each item is handmade”. In a world full of handmade products for sale that isn’t a unique selling point. Instead find one aspect that you do that other artists aren’t doing. For example: “My cupcakes are made using only locally sourced ingredients”, “I donate one item I make to a local charity for every dozen I sell” or “My bath salts, including the packaging are 100% biodegradable”

5. Your Products Can Be Consistently Produced: 
From now on when selling to shops you need to be able to ensure that every item is the same as the last so wholesale buyers never get a shock when opening up your latest order. In some occasions you won’t be able to make identical items, necklaces featuring wood found on the beach will never be identical but customers should easily be able to tell the difference between the large wooden necklace and the small wooden necklace. Features such as clasps and wire/chain should always be consistently reproduced.

6. You Have Thought About How Your Items Will Be Displayed: 
You’ve thought long and hard about how each of your items will be displayed and worked on making changes so shops can get the best bang for their buck. Can your products be stacked on top of each other or can you use different packaging so they take up less space? Is everything eye-catching as a display? Do you need to display information with your products and is that noticeable as well?

Don’t be afraid to go back and rethink your packaging if it isn’t working for you.

7. You Have Amazing Photos You Can Give Shops: 
Always have a collection of images you can give a shop in the chance they request one. Shops will sometimes request images so they can put them on social media, send with a press release or add to their website.

You will need at least one image per product with a plain white background and one image per product which includes props and/or people. Make sure they are crisp and clear, show special details, illustrate packaging and show who you are as a brand.

8. You Can Offer Your Products At A Price Which Allows The Shop To Add A Profitable Mark-Up: 

It may seem unfair that a shop gets to make as much if not more money than you and all they do is selling. But don’t forget the point that they are actually selling your products, without them you would have to sell the items yourself, a costly and time consuming undertaking. They also have many overheads that they need to pay in order to sell your items. If you cannot sell your products at a reasonable wholesale price then you’ll need to change some aspect of your production/costs in order to do so or forgo being able to sell your items at retail outlets.

9. You Can Deliver Your Wholesale Orders On Time: 
To do this you’ll need to perfect your manufacturing process, work consistently until the order is completed and ensure that no matter what else is happening in your professional/personal life you can fulfil the order.

10. You’re In This For The Long Haul: 
Realistically, most businesses take 2 – 3 years of wholesaling before they break even and much longer to turn a decent profit. This means you’ll spend years selling wholesale to shops before it becomes financially worthwhile for you. The personal benefits will kick in almost immediately but perseverance and hard work will get you through the long years. This is good news for retail outlets who will need to know that you will stick around and that the time and money they will invest in you will pay off for them long term.

Jacquie Hughes is a former committee member of Made on the Left. Find her here:

Studio Bomba Summer School

Studio Bomba are running some knitting and crochet workshops as part of their Summer School – includes coffee and cake! Classes will have a maximum of 6 people.

I Heart Knitting for Beginners Workshop
Saturday 22 February and Saturday 1 March 2014
9am to 12 noon on both days (6 hours)

In two sessions held a week apart, learn knitting basics including how to knit, how to purl, garter stitch, stocking stitch, casting on, casting off and a clever little buttonhole. Then knit yourself this heart cushion. All materials (yarn, knitting needles, big eye needle, cushion insert, wooden buttons, instructions and cushion pattern) are included.

$140 per person. Click here to book online or book in the shop.

iPad Cosy Crochet for Beginners Workshop
Saturday 22 February 2014
1pm to 4pm (3 hours)

Let your inner geek and your inner nanna collide through the medium of crochet. Learn crochet basics including chain stitch, slip stitch, double and treble crochet. Then crochet yourself this tablet cover. All materials (yarn, crochet hook, big eye needle, wooden buttons, instructions and cosy pattern) are included.

$95 per person. Click here to book online or book in the shop.

Find Studio Bomba at 324 Oxford St, Leederville.

Monday, February 3

Jacksons workshops

Did you know that Jacksons often run workshops and demos in their shops?
The next one coming up is a Valentine's origami workshop on Saturday 8th Feb, 2:00 - 3:30pm at Jacksons Subiaco Store, 103 Rokeby Road, Subiaco. The cost is $5 with materials provided and you must book - phone (08) 9381 2700 or email subiaco@jacksons.com.au.

Other events coming up are:
Painting Pastels onto Canvas - Bunbury store: Thursday 13th Feb, 10 - 11:30am & 2 - 3:30pm
Gold leaf, acrylilc & textile mediums - Busselton store: Thursday 20th Feb, 10 - 11:30am & 2 - 3:30pm
Copic Marker Demo - Cannington store: Friday 21st Feb, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Canvas Stetching Demo - Northbridge store: Friday 28th Feb, 10am - 11am
Chalk Pastels workshop - Midland store: Friday 28th Feb, 10am - 11am

Contact the individual stores to book your place.

Twilight Polka Dot Vintage Market

The Twilight Polka Dot Vintage Market is being held as part of the Summerset Arts Festival on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February 2014 from 4pm – 9pm each evening at Scarborough Beach Foreshore

Market Stalls will be set up along the Scarborough Beach Foreshore selling vintage & retro clothing & accessories, collectables, retro bric-a-brac, vintage jewellery, handmade wares, vinyl records, gourmet foods plus much more. Entry to the Vintage Market is free.

Visit their web site for more information http://treasuredcraftcreations.com.au/polkadot.html

Saturday, February 1

REGINALD – The CAE Portrait Prize for Softies

It's the craft world's version of the Archibalds - the Reginalds!

You are invited to make a Softie Portrait of someone you admire/appreciate and send a photo of it together with a photo of the person that the portrait represents.

A Softie Portrait (soft toy) is a handmade soft sculpture/toy made from fabric or yarn, incorporating hand and/or machine stitching, knitting or crochet, which emulates a specific person or pet. Your Softie Portrait MUST be your own original work.

Judges Pip Lincoln (left) and CatRabbit (right) with their Reginalds
The judges are Cat Rabbit, nationally and internationally revered soft sculpture/textile artist, and Pip Lincolne, Melbourne crafter, author and Meet me at Mikes blogger. They will select 10 finalists who will then send in their actual softie portraits for a fabulous exhibition, to be held in the CAE (Centre for Adult Education) info shop in central Melbourne.

The Reginald winner, selected by Cat Rabbit and Pip Lincolne, will receive:

  • A Brother NS55 Sewing Machine, valued at $699
  • A commissioned soft sculpture by Cat Rabbit
  • Inclusion on Pip Lincolne’s ‘Meet me at Mikes’ blog
  • Inclusion on frankie magazine’s blog
  • Subscription to frankie magazine

In addition, there will be a People’s Prize awarded, as voted by the general public. Chosen from the ten finalists, People’s Prize voting will be online and in person.

Photographic entries must be received by 7 March 2014. DON’T SEND ACTUAL SOFTIE PORTRAITS!

To enter the Reginald competition follow the instructions and fill out the entry form which you will find

Look up @reginald_cae, #Reginald and #makingareggie on Instagram to see other people’s entries.