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More art from recycled stuff...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More art from recycled stuff...

A few months back I did a post on a mosaic made almost entirely from recycled materials - a little bit of a passion of mine as I love the satisfaction of creating something beautiful from things that would otherwise be thrown away. (I was so pleased when the blog post was  published as an article in the last copy of Grout magazine, published by the British Association for Modern Mosaics!)

Here is another way that I use recycling in art making which, happily, also involves a trip to Ikea :) Have a look at this mosaic - Four Seasons - which I made in November (and sold in December).

The base and frame are actually the fronts of kitchen draws. The inner panel is a recess which makes a natural place to mosaic and the rest of the draw frames the finished work beautifully.
In this case, the inner panel is frosted glass which  added an extra special effect to the pieces, as it picks up light and reflects it through the gaps in the tiles. It looked so good I decided to leave the pieces ungrouted.
The back of the draw
These bases cost around £1.25 from Ikea's bargain basement - the stuff that is destined for the rubbish heap. You can also get end of line kitchen doors as well as draws and use them to make larger pieces.
I have a couple lined up which are clear glass doors with a frame - using stained glass as the mosaic material, there are some lovely effects to be had, particularly if they are hung as large sun catchers in windows. And as with all bright ideas, before you all think I am an original genius (which sometimes I am!), the maxim on originality that I hold to needs to be stated here "There is nothing new under the sun" by which I give credit to Brooks Tower, awesome mosaic artist (and king of Opus Sectile for you mosaic officionados).  His mosaic, Busy Signal, (which I am proud owner of) inspired this clever use of old kitchen draws as I swear, when I inspect it, that it is made on an old draw front, though hard to tell for sure as its a pretty solid bit of wood!

And if you are not up for mosaic making with old kitchen doors and draws, you can use them as frames for collage or stained glass painting too.  Let me know if you have any other ideas...

Art and recycling - such a wonderful combination.

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  • fantastic!

    I once used the same material, I recall it was green and it was such fun cause there was no base preparation involved. not easy to find though...

    ps: did you join me on the new location from which I blog?

    By Blogger Mosaicista Appassionata, at 25 January 2011 at 12:56  

  • gorgeous! You have such a creative eye, to thin of using those drawer fronts! I'm glad you got some recognition for you blog post on recycled materials. I too love the challenge of making something completely from my scrap pile.

    By Blogger AG Ambroult, at 25 January 2011 at 14:45  

  • Those are beautiful - I love the idea of the light shining through them - I could see them working especially well as a panel in a door or internal shutter, where light might shine through.

    By Blogger Jude, at 25 January 2011 at 16:48  

  • Love these! What a great idea. Wish I had an Ikea nearby... :)

    By Blogger cbmosaics, at 25 January 2011 at 16:56  

  • Gorgeous! I love them. No wonder they sold so fast. We have a Materials exchange (new and old stuff from businesses) here and years back in a class we created collages and paintings on cabinet doors. The doors were super cheap and the point of the exchange is that all the stuff was saved from the landfills and reused.

    By Blogger Dana Barbieri, at 25 January 2011 at 18:11  

  • genius!

    By Blogger get stuff done, at 25 January 2011 at 18:13  

  • Hello Concetta
    A long time I follow your blogs and I love the way to show and write about mosaics. You are very inspiring. I used many tips already!
    A short time ago I started my first blog and like to become a real "follower" :-))
    greeting Marika

    By Blogger Marika-Hilde, at 25 January 2011 at 21:57  

  • I have blog awards over at my blog for you.

    By Blogger Phyllis, at 26 January 2011 at 03:17  

  • very kool panels. luv em!

    By Blogger sonyamacdesigns, at 26 January 2011 at 09:26  

  • Thanks everyone! Not every day I get called a genius! And thank you Marika - its good to know this blog is inspiring some people. Mosaicista, yes I came over to your new blog home last week and left a comment...hope you got it! Phyllis, thank you so much for the blog award - just hopped over to yours and will link back when I get a chunk of time (just passing through this morning!).

    By Blogger Concetta, at 26 January 2011 at 09:30  

  • Truly gorgeous. So wonderful to see their creation step by step too! Any excuse to have a sneaky wander around Ikea, aye!!
    hugs xxx

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 26 January 2011 at 21:40  

  • Happy Weekend! These are beauuuuutiful ;-) I guess I need to get to's been a long long time since I've been there. There is so much there, I get overwhelmed and can't instantly decide what to purchase LOL...but your post has definitely made me add IKEA to my list. I always enjoy seeing what you've created, you are so gifted. Congrats on the recognition!!! very cool.

    By Anonymous Linda R, at 30 January 2011 at 16:31  

  • Linda your words are so lovely. Thank you :) Hope you get your ikea trip soon! xx

    By Blogger Concetta, at 31 January 2011 at 21:07  

  • That is so clever. I love the colors you used to denote the different seasons.

    By Blogger Suzanne, at 8 February 2011 at 16:45  

  • Beautiful, Concetta! I love these! So inventive and creative!

    By Anonymous Michele at A House Called Nut, at 13 February 2011 at 10:19  

  • Thank you both for your encouragement :)

    By Blogger Concetta, at 13 February 2011 at 20:04  

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