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!

Wednesday, March 25

Easter Goodie Gift Guide

Christmas doesn't seem that long ago and now Easter is right around the corner! I have put together a selection of goodies to treat yourself or others. Included are a range of products that you can pick up at WA markets or online. Be sure to check out the links!
1. Spool Courture has these amazing little dresses for children with printed patterns on them that can be coloured in with washable markers meaning they can be coloured differently after each wash! Find these dresses online here http://www.spoolcouture.com.au/
2. Alexibelle has created these adorable bunny toys in a range of patterns. Find these available on her Madeit store https://madeit.com.au/Main/Item?itemId=1053589
3. SELF Organics has a selection of delicious sounding soy candles to treat yourself with. http://www.selforganics.com/product/self-organics-natural-soy-wax-wood-wick-candles
4. The GiftBOOtique found on Facebook has a range of sweet kids clothing and toys. Depicted above is an adorable heard of little lamb toys! Do check them out
5. Pip & Printer has a sweet range of plant bags to brighten up your house. These are made with the environment in mind and come in different sizes. Find them in her online store http://www.pipandprinter.com/products
6. Sally Ridge doesn't just do special pet portraits but also has some amazing prints available in her Etsy shop. The print above is of Henry Hare with a sailor's hat on! https://www.etsy.com/listing/221921464/henry-hare-print?ref=shop_home_active_22
7. Truffles by Trish has an assortment of truffles at her normal stalls but now has solid Easter rabbits and crackle road solid eggs available for order. Check out her Facebook page to find out how to order! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Truffles-by-Trish/140662466134282?fref=ts

Last little goodies for Easter that you should consider:
These sweet little ceramic flowers by BronsCeramics found on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/225913462/ceramic-flowers-10-small-only-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_3
And these colourful kids bracelets by ilyas honey. http://www.ilyashoney.com/7/jewellery-shop/16-Kids-Collection

I hope that has gotten some ideas going. Look out for more gift guides in the future!

Thursday, March 19

52 Week Illustration Challenge exhibition

The 52 Week Illustration Challenge commenced in January 2014 with children’s author, Tania McCartney, challenging herself to produce an image per week for 52 weeks. The challenge has since grown to a Facebook group with more than 1800 members from across the globe contributing images on a weekly basis. Themes range from selfies to sandcastles and provide artists with a subject, whilst leaving the creative execution to them. 
The exhibition features one carefully selected piece from each of the 52 themes in 2014. Range of art include: sketches, oil paintings, watercolour and acrylic, coloured pencil, collage, printing (ie collagraphs and gelatine prints) varied digital art, stippling, crosshatching, ink work, line work, clay work, 3D paper crafting, dioramas and even food creations.

This exhibition will be on display from Monday 9 until Friday 27 March 2015 at Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth, 7am - 7pm.

Rockingham Summer Twilight Market

Stallholders wanted for Rockingham Summer Twilight Markets on Friday 27th of March, 4pm to 8pm at Rockingham Foreshore.

Email: markets@streethassle.com.au for an application form and further information.

Tuesday, March 17

Mount Hawthorn Streets and Laneways Festival stallholders wanted

The inaugural 2015 Mount Hawthorn Streets and Laneways Festival is being planned for May 2015. They are looking for expressions of interest from local hand-made artisan stallholders.

When: 12pm - 8pm, Sunday 3rd May.
Cost: 3x3 stalls from $200.
Deadline: applications close 23rd March.
Contact: Email laceincorporated@gmail.com for further information.

Saturday, March 14

Blogger(s) wanted!

Made on the Left is looking for volunteers to help with our blog dedicated to promoting handmade WA design.
We require bloggers for a few different areas:

Gift Guide blogger
It will be your job to collate gift guides comprised of WA made products for various occasions e.g. Mothers Day. It would be useful if you are familiar with WA makers and their products. You will be required to compile the image to accompany the post.

Profile blogger
It will be your job to create posts centred on people in the WA handmade scene. You can email them questions or interview them personally, it's up to you. This would suit someone interested in writing/journalism/photography.

Opportunities blogger
It will be your job to inform WA makers of upcoming opportunities or items of interest e.g. market stallholder callouts, interesting exhibitions, crafty workshops, etc. You will need to make slight edits to text and source or create appropriate accompanying images.

If you are enthusiastic about WA arts and interested in being part of our volunteer team, please email admin@madeontheleft.com with the area(s) you would like to help us with.

Thanks for your support!

About Made on the Left
Made on the Left is a not-for-profit association founded by independent designers in 2008 to support Western Australian creative talent. The association aims to support all WA-based creative designers, artists, craftspeople and independent labels, by sharing information and creating events.

Tuesday, March 10

Sell Your Wares workshop

Come along to the "Sell Your Wares" workshop on Thursday to get some hot tips for starting out in markets.
This workshop is targeted at emerging creatives looking to sell their wares and develop their businesses. It will cover: pricing, marketing, displaying your wares, attracting visitors to your stall, generating further business, target markets and more! Past stallholders have found this workshop incredibly useful to their business and arts practice, so we highly recommend that you attend if you can make it.

WHERE The Blue Room Theatre (53 James Street, Northbridge)
WHEN 12 March 2015
TIME 6:00pm – 8:30pm 
WHO Presented by Made on the Left. Speakers include Little L, Delish Ice, Jacquie Hughes and other special guests!

SIGN UP TODAY! You must register here  to confirm your seat. 

Update: If you couldn't make it on the night, Katie from Delish Ice has shared her talk on her blog: http://delishice.com.au/my-own-experiences-for-your-own-journey/ 

Saturday, March 7

Montage Pop-up Shop opportunity

Montage Collective is excited to announce they will be having another pop-up shop - their 11th! It will be open for one month from the 1st - 30th of April 2015 at 224b William St Northbridge.
Once again, a core group of familiar Montage artists will be exhibiting, joined by 20 guest artists to keep things fresh and inspiring!

If you are based in Perth, make and design your own products and would like to take part as a guest artist, head over here: http://goo.gl/forms/cm3GglqATO and fill in the application. Deadline for applications is Monday 16th of March 2015.

50 cats of Perth project

If you are a cat owner in Perth, here's an exciting opportunity for your beloved puss to be immortalised in watercolour!

One of our stallholders, Eeva Margita, has a new project called "50 cats of Perth". She'll be drawing 50 cat residents of Perth and compiling them into an A3 archival art print. If you live in Perth, WA with a cat, you can apply to be a part of the project! You will need to send 3 photos of your cat. At the end of the project you are welcome to purchase the original painting of your cat for $50, but there is absolutely no obligation to buy. There will also be the option of buying a print of the painting. Click the link for further details: http://www.eevamargita.com/50-cats-of-perth.html

Friday, March 6

Homestead For Youth Community Fair & Twilight Movie event stallholders wanted

Homestead For Youth is a not-for-profit local organisation with a vision to advance the safe refuge and recovery of at risk youth. They are holding a fair and twilight movie charity fundraising event.
Stalls are $50 for the day or 10% of profits - whichever you choose. Contact them if you are interested in holding a market stall or food van on 0439950642.

When: Saturday 21st March, 10:30 - 4pm
Where: Kingsway Sporting Complex, Madeley

Thursday, March 5

Fresh Prints: A Celebration of Ink & Paper - Stallholder call out

Fresh Prints is a market fair for zines, independent publishing, artist books, comics and printed works. Northbridge Piazza invites all creatives and individuals who would like to hold a stall to be part of this celebration of all things ink and paper. The day will feature films on the super screen, a zine making area, printmaking and comics workshops, vintage typewriter exhibition, storytelling area for kids, and Ships in the Night speakers and music performances.

Stall spaces are free, however space is limited so applications must be made in advance. Please keep in mind that the majority of your products should be related to ink and paper somehow.

When: Saturday 18 April 2015, 12 – 5pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza, cnr James and Lake Streets

Stall details
• Full space (one trestle table with two chairs)
• Half space (shared trestle table with another stall holder, with one chair each)
All stalls will be undercover on the Piazza lawn.

Apply for a space here: http://goo.gl/forms/TuvlvKFHZL

Applications for stalls are due 4pm Friday 27 March 2015. 

All successful stallholders will be notified by Tuesday 31 March 2015.

Wednesday, March 4

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award applications open

Australia’s richest and most prestigious print award returns in 2015 with a national judging panel and $22,000 in prize money. The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award is Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books. Now in its 40th anniversary year, the Award and exhibition continue to present the best works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists.

First Prize $16,000. Work acquired for the City of Fremantle Art Collection, WA’s largest municipal collection. 
Second Prize $6,000.

Enter now
Applications now open – click here to begin your application.
Entries close 5pm, 22 May, 2015.
Call 9432 9555 for more information. 

Exhibition opening Fri 25 Sept, 6:30pm | Exhibition runs Sat 26 Sept – Sun 15 Nov

Tuesday, March 3

Stretch Arts Festival Art Markets

An opportunity exists for designers, craftspeople, and gourmets to exhibit and sell their products during the Stretch Arts Festival in Festival Square, presented by Act-Belong-Commit.

Date: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May 2015
Where: Festival Square, Ormsby Tce, Mandurah (near the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Reading Cinemas)
Event Duration: 10.00am - 4.00pm, setup will be allocated between 7.30am - 9.30am
Site: 3m x 3m space
Cost:  $90 1 day
         $150 both days
         $135 both days, if you are a resident within the ‘6210’ area

Important Details:
• There are 15 sites available only, so get your application forms in.
• Stallholders must exhibit for the full day.
• Products must be handmade by the stallholder.
• Stallholders who value-add to a product must provide significant creative input into the final product.
• If you wish to share a stall each applicant must complete an application form.
• You are required to provide your own marquee/shade.
• You are required to have your own public liability insurance and provide evidence.

Completed application form to be returned by Friday, 13 March 2015.
If you would like further information or to submit your application form email Heather-Jayne Battye at harperandmonroe@gmail.com

Enid Twiglet's Embroidery Academy

Would you like to learn embroidery from one of our stallholders? 
Learn the art of hand embroidered illustration with Enid Twiglet at the upcoming Thread Illustration Workshop. A perfect workshop for those with no previous experience with embroidery. You will learn a number of different illustration techniques using thread to create a unique piece of illustrative hoop art. Each person will receive their own embroidery kit including an embroidery hoop, fabric, needles and thread.

When: Sat 18 April 12pm - 4pm, 
Where: at BiBi, 70 High Street Fremantle
Price: $85
Bookings essential: hello@enidtwiglet.com

Monday, March 2

Beaufort Street art market

Beaufort Street Art Market is held from 9am - 1pm on the first Sunday of each month in the Barlee Street Carpark (corner of Barlee and Beaufort Streets, Mount Lawley). All work for sale must be West Australian designed and made products only.

You can apply for 2 sections -
Artisan stall: a 3m x 3m space. Stall holders are to provide their own marquee (white or navy only), tables and chairs if required.
The suitcase gallery: for artists and designers to fill their suitcases to the brim with arty wares and display for sale in the mini scaled suitcase stall zone. Two suitcases per spot are allowed and you are permitted to hang up to 5 paintings on the fence.

Find the application form on the Beaufort St Network website. For further information or questions, email the Beaufort Street Network – artmarket@beaufortstreet.com.au