Recycle Me Mosaics: Creating mosaic art from recycled bits and pieces

Smashed plates, sweet wrappers and broken car windows, there’s a use in all of these discarded things for mosaic artist Katy Gailbraith.

The Scottish artist, who works from her studio in Perthshire, creates mosaics from mostly recycled and upcycled bits and pieces.

Among the artist’s creations include an Om plaque on slate; a turquoise tabletop featuring little birds, made from recycled materials, including bone china plates and mugs and salvaged tiles; and a pair of mannequin legs decorated with fused glass nuggets (made from scrap glass), ordinary and bronze mirror, ceramic pieces, stained glass scraps and glass tiles to create “paisley legs”.

Katy Gailbraith draws on inspiration from her local landscape throughout her artwork.

On her website, Katy Gailbraith writes: “I am a compulsive recycler – and just about anything goes at times… so watch out for the unusual! In my mosaics, I use a lot of wine bottle glass, reclaimed mirror and tile, crockery, remnants from a stained glass artist and junk jewellry – and the finished piece often depends upon what is in my stash of goodies in my studio.”

Recycle Me Mosaics

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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