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My City – Made on the Left

As part of my promise to explore my city more, I attended the Made on the Left designer market last weekend. It was held at the brand spanky new CBD development, one40william. Which coincidentally is at 140 William St, Perth. Original Perth.

Made on the Left is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2008 by independent designers with the intention to support WA creative talent. The organisation runs designer markets showcasing the very best of WA’s emerging artistic talent. Being on the left hand side of Australia (aka the isolated side) is no longer a disadvantage when it comes to being an artist.

Now I for one never used to associate Perth with design. It was always Melbourne or Sydney so I’m glad that there is a growing market for creative and independent designs here, whether in art, jewellery or fashion. It just goes to show how a little isolation allows creative ideas to flourish and bring together those in the same boat.

So the market was packed, as expected. Even at 12 noon. There were around 50 stalls selling all sorts of stuff; knitwear, clothing, glass jewellery, recycled leather handbags, homemade paper products and so on and so forth. It was amazing to see new creative ideas and old ideas revamped with a twist. The highlights for me were Shiny Rabbit and future shelter. I had to the privilege to ask the owners a few questions and take a few photos of their collections.

I will write them as individual posts. Stay tuned!

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