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!

Friday, January 30

The Boutique Design Market in Claremont

The Town of Claremont and Claremont Now are currently seeking artists, craftspeople and designers for Claremont’s first Boutique Design Market.

The details of this event are as follows:
Date: Sunday, 19th April 2015
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Southern end of Bay View Terrace, Claremont

Cost: Varies depending if you need to hire equipment e.g. marquees

More information can be found here.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor at this exclusive design event, please download and submit the application form to events@claremont.wa.gov.au

Application Form - CLICK HERE

For all queries please contact Town of Claremont on 9285 4300 or events@claremont.wa.gov.au

Thursday, January 29

Suitcase rummage

Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market without the hassle. Its about bringing a suitcase (or two!) filled to the brim with your goods and treats. You can be a part of the Rummage experience by selling wares e.g. vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper…you name it! You must register to sell your wares and you will then be contacted with further information.

The very first Suitcase Rummage in Western Australia will be a part of Midlandia – the Fringe Festival's Midland location in the beautiful old arts centre!

If you’re interested in having a suitcase stall, check out the information below.
What: Suitcase Rummage @ Midlandia
When: Saturday, 7th February 2015
Where: Midlandia at Midland Junction Arts Centre
Cost: $25 to register a space.
Contact suitcaserummage@gmail.com with any queries.

Thursday, January 22

Artist call out - A Dot on the Run

Form invites Western Australian artists to participate in A Dot on the Run, an exhibition of drawings on paper.

In March 2015, FORM will launch a survey exhibition of Western Australian drawings at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery. The Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery is an independent exhibition space in the Pilbara that has been managed and programed by FORM since 2007.  A Dot on the Run will present a curated selection of original, unframed drawings on paper by Western Australian artists. The exhibition will launch on Friday, 13th March, 2015.

The title A Dot on the Run is inspired by Paul Klee’s quote, ‘a line is a dot that went for a walk’. 
For more information about how to submit your work for consideration, click here. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 9th February, 2015.

Monday, January 5

Books From Your Backyard

Come and listen to your favourite children’s book authors and illustrators read, perform and create drawings before your eyes! 

Twelve different creators from SCBWI Australia West (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) will present at this family fun day in 30 minute timeslots. Listen to one or stay for all twelve! You will be amazed by the local talent that we have in Western Australia. 

Books will be for sale in the State Library Shop and all sessions will be followed by book signings at the signing table. There will also be an activity table where children not attending sessions can participate in a range of book-themed craft activities under parental supervision.

All sessions are free! See the website for session details.

: Sat 10th Jan, 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
State Library of WA, 
25 Francis St, Northbridge

Sunday, January 4

Baysie Youth Fest 2015 - Young stallholders wanted!

The 2015 Baysie Youth Fest is coming up in March 2015 and it is going to be MASSIVE!
The festival will feature the Sound Overload Battle of the Bands Competition, Boom! Skate, Scooter and BMX competition, outdoor games, food vans, a chill out space and a range of other activities to create a festival for all young people. Event details are:
Date: Saturday 7 March 2015
Time: 2pm-8pm
Venue: Wotton Skatepark, Wotton Reserve, Embleton

There will be the opportunity for young artists (18-25) to sell their work at market stalls at the festival. They are looking for individuals or groups who make handmade or original items (such as jewellery, stationery, illustrations, urban art or photographs) or to sell their creative services on market day (e.g. face painting, caricatures).
Each stall will be provided with a 3 metre x 3 metre shelter, tables and chairs. Your stall should remain open from 2pm-8pm. 

To have a stall you must be: 
• aged between 18-25 years of age.
• The goods must either be your own, or other young people’s original products

Expressions of interest close Friday 6 February 2015. Just submit the form  found at www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/youth

Friday, January 2

Summerset Arts Festival 2015

The Summerset Arts Festival is coming soon and there are a few things which may interest Perth creative types.

Embroidery Workshop
Learn the art of embroidery with local artist Bonnie Boogaard. Well known for her quirky food-inspired art, Bonnie gained her Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University in 2010 and studied her honours in Paris in 2011.  
When:  Wed 28 Jan, 10.30am – 12.30pm 
Ages: Adults and Children (10+ years) 
Venue: Dianella Library 
Cost:  Free 
Bookings: summersetartsfestival.com.au (registration essential) 

Poppy Felting
Create your own poppy to go towards the 5,000 poppies project in remembrance of World War I. Be guided by local artist Bonnie Boogaard who will demonstrate the art of wet felt making. 
When:  Wed 28 Jan, 1:00pm – 3:00pm 
Ages: Adults and Children (10+ years) 
Venue: Inglewood Library Cost:  Free 
Bookings: summersetartsfestival.com.au (registration essential) 

Artist Open Studios 
Local artists Maryann Devereux, Linda O'Brien and Alison Ross invite you to discover their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice. 
This is a unique opportunity to experience the artists at work in their own studios. As they open their doors to you with art available for commission or sale. 
When: Sun 25 Jan &  Sun 1 Feb, 10.00am – 4.30pm 
Venue: Artist Studios - Trigg, Karrinyup and North Beach 
Cost: Free