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, September 25

Made on the Left Christmas market applications open now!

The time has come to put in your application for our Christmas market! We are working with the City of Perth to bring you a 2 day market extravaganza! The market will be on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd November from 10am - 4pm in Forrest Place and you can apply for one or two days. For your chance to be part of our next market, apply here and please make sure to read the FAQ before submitting your application.

Market details
When: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November, 10am - 4pm
Where: Forrest Place, Perth.
Stall space: 3x3m stall space with marquees provided.
Cost: $200 per day.

Applications close midnight Thursday 2nd October so don't miss out!

Tuesday, September 16

First Impressions - A Group Exhibition for Printmaking Lovers

First Impressions is an exhibition celebrating the work of Beau Est Mien’s talented workshop attendees.
The exhibition will highlight artworks produced from all of the 2014 workshops from many talented people that have participated throughout the year. It will be showcasing monoprints, collagraphs, screen prints on both paper and fabric, and etchings completed by both kids and adults. The exhibition is also the perfect opportunity for anyone to discover what can be achieved in one of their workshops.
The exhibition opening is on 20th September, 5-8pm at Beau Est Mien, 458 William St, Northbridge.
Also, for one night only, you can get a 10% discount on printmaking supplies sold in the shop and a 10% discount on any workshop booking made on the night!

The Exhibition is on in store until 4th October.

If you share the Facebook post promoting the event, you are eligible to go in the draw to win a free workshop of your choice! 

Monday, September 15

Something Different – a pop up event in Leederville

Applications are now open for #somethingdifferentinleederville
This event is presented by Etsy Australia and run by volunteers of the Etsy WA Street Team.

Something Different – a pop up event in Leederville
7th - 9th November 2014
             Friday 5pm - 9pm
             Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm
The Leederville Arena (corner of Newcastle and Oxford Streets, Leederville)

This inaugural event will have 40 individual artists and makers, all selling their own products. The focus is to EAT, SHOP, DRINK! 

Stallholders will be selected by an Etsy jury, based on application merit. All products must be designed, created and produced in Western Australia. You must have an Etsy shop to apply. Categories of sellers may include: fine art, home decor, stationery, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, clothing, vintage, children's or infant's products, beauty, fashion and accessories, packaged food products (no fresh food - sorry), plants & gardenware. Each allocated stall will be of an area approximately 2 x 1.5m and consist of a trestle table, table cloth and name sign (all supplied). They are able to offer a very affordable stall price of $40 per day (a total of $120 for the event), thanks to the generous support of several sponsors.

It's a great opportunity, especially if you have never had a market stall before! 

The application form can be found here: http://wastreetteam.weebly.com/something-different-application.html Applications close 5pm 28th September. Any details you may need answering can be found by signing up to this facebook group or emailing streetteamwa@gmail.com.

artMarket @ Deanmore

artMarket @ Deanmore is happening on Sunday December 7th.

artMarket at Deanmore is an annual fundraising event for the Deanmore Primary School in Karrinyup and will focus on sustainability - local, handmade and artisan, up-cycled, recycled or organic.

Along with the artisan crafted market stalls the event includes a children's art competition (smArt), a professional art show gallery, buskers, gourmet picnics, demonstrations of the sustainable kind along with loads of old-school style games and activities for the kids. There is strong support from the local community including sponsorship from local businesses, drop-ins from an AFL team and even a MasterChef contestant who will be presenting cooking demonstrations!

A market stall for the day will cost $30 and a donation of your product for a raffle.

Each vendor space is under the classroom verandas and includes a bench or chair.  Vendors are asked to supply their own table or display.

Go to the website http://artmarketdeanmore.weebly.com/ for the application for stallholders.

Friday, September 12

Mosaic photography project 2014

Each year, Propel Youth Arts WA invites people from across Western Australia to capture a single image of their day for MOSAIC, a unique community based photography project. On Saturday, 4th October 2014 you are invited to capture a single image of your day. 

Photos will then be printed and shown in a massive exhibition showcasing 24 hours of life in Western Australia. There is no age limit, so everyone can take part. If you would like to get involved, make sure you REGISTER to take part before 30th September to go into the running to win a $30 Pigeonhole voucher!

MOSAIC taps into the popularity of digital image sharing, encouraging everyone, from amateurs to experienced photographers, to submit images from their day. Participants are encouraged to use smart phones, compact digital cameras, DSLRs or any other tools at their disposal to take the photographs.

Every photograph reveals an individual story and every story forms part of our collective memory, providing an incredible snapshot of life from the perspective of hundreds of people around our state.

Any questions?  Email hello@propel.org.au or call Propel on (08) 9328 5855.

MOSAIC is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA and is proudly supported by the City of Perth, Department of Culture and the Arts, Perth Theatre Trust and State Theatre Centre of WA. 

FASHION[ing] FORMS : the craft of making exhibition

Tales of a Shipwrecked Jeweller by Helena Bogucki
Telstra Perth Fashion Festival steps off the runway and into Gallery Central with an exhibition of Western Australian fashion objects that is way “beyond garment”, curated by Anne Farren. The exhibition profiles the works of 18 WA practitioners that exemplify the resurgence in appreciation for the finely crafted object of adornment. It sets out to reposition the fashion object by challenging assumptions about the relationships between accessory related forms and the body.

A substantial 65 page publication is available to read on line http://weblity.com.au/fashioning_forms

The exhibition is at Gallery Central from 10 September to 4 October, Monday - Friday 10am - 4.45pm; Saturday 1 - 4pm. There will be floor talks with curator Anne Farren on Fridays 19 and 26 September at 10.15am.

Thursday, September 11

Artist/Designer/Creatives call out for event artwork

Something different is coming to Leederville...

Organised by the Etsy WA Street Team leaders, with support and partial funding from Etsy Australia and held in conjunction with a series of country-wide events, a three day Etsy Australia Pop-Up Event will be held in Leederville in November and they need some punchy artwork to make their event FLY!

Artwork for a poster and flyer for the inaugural event, SOMETHING DIFFERENT – A POP UP RETAIL EVENT IN LEEDERVILLE
Posters and postcards will be distributed around Perth. Any media and style will be accepted as long as a digital version high resolution can be obtained.

A4 (at least)
To include a choice of the phrases
* Surround yourself with SOMETHING DIFFERENT
* SOMETHING DIFFERENT is about to happen
* Feast your eyes on SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Also include the 'sub text': SOMETHING DIFFERENT - A pop up event in Leederville
7-9 November 2014 • Friday 5-9pm • Sat & Sun 10-4pm
The Leederville Arena (corner of Newcastle and Oxford Streets, Leederville)

Use the orange gingham sample – it can be used in any way or form. Be creative e.g. a collage or patterned background and the quote as a typographic design. Emphasise the use of white and shades of orange (the Etsy colours).

Leave space for the ETSY logo as well as sponsors' logos along the bottom.

A Pinterest page has been started with some examples. Available to view HERE.
An idea of the Etsy branding and LOOK can be found HERE.

ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday 19th September – late entries will not be considered.

To submit your artwork, Please email it to: wa street team.
Please include 
• your name
• business name
• your location
• medium resolution version of your artwork, 
• any additional information you would like

You do not need to be a member of ETSY to enter.

You will not be financially remunerated for your awesome efforts.
Designs will be judged by WA Etsy street team leaders and captain, as well as ETSY Australia Admins.
You will be credited with the artwork on the reverse of the postcard.
WA Street Team reserve the right to ask for edits.
WA Street Team reserve the right to edit and use the artwork in any location including social media, and as we feel appropriate.
All graphics and images must be owned by the designer. If stock imagery has been used, the designer must have purchased or downloaded following strict copyright guidelines. WA Street Team will not be held responsible for any breach of copyright.
By submitting your artwork, you agree to these conditions.