About Me

Working at Terra Nova School

Working in my dry-stone lined bothy in the garden, with views over the hills, I am frequently inspired by this landscape which is reflected in my mosaics.  Flowers in abundance feature in the majority of my exhibition pieces, as well as in private commissions.  While many of my pieces are considered ‘decorative art’, I also enjoy making mosaics with a more practical purpose such as mirrors, table tops and garden items.

In producing my mosaics, I aim to be true to myself and my interest in recycling and sustainability by incorporating many recycled materials, including those representing me and my home town of Crieff, Perthshire (Crieff Pottery whisky jugs; remnants from a local fused glass artist) or pieces donated to me by friends and family similar to a traditional patchwork concept. I also use wine bottle glass and broken car windows amongst other salvaged materials. The surface used for many of my mosaics originates from discarded kitchen units.

Recycled materials stimulate many of my ideas in mosaic pieces that I have done, and as a consequence my "bothy in the garden" is now filling up fast with china, glass and decorative ceramic ornaments and overspilling into the garden.

Working with mosaics is an evolving process for me, as I explore working with new materials and themes.  I never stay static for long!

A short film about me and my work:

or see it on Youtube here

I am a professional member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaic)



British Association of Modern Mosaics

I have an Etsy shop, selling the smaller items and a selection of cards and notebooks, using images from my mosaics.  You can visit it here: www.etsy.com/shop/recyclememosaics

My Facebook page also includes inspirations, random comments, and some work in progress. Visit it here: www.facebook.com/recycle.me.mosaics


Exhibition History

October 2016, Perthshire Creates Exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery 
September 2016 ~ The Perthshire Open Studios Showcase Exhibitions, The Bield and Pitlochry Festival Theatre
July & August 2016 ~ Art in the Garden ~ New Hopetoun Gardens, near Edinburgh
October 2015 ~ Healing & Transformation Exhibition, The Barn Gallery, The Bield, by Perth,
October 2015 ~ Museum of Abernethy Exhibition 
September 2015 ~ The Perthshire Open Studios Showcase Exhibitions, The Bield and Pitlochry Festival Theatre
July & August 2015 ~ The Summer Show, Strathearn Art Gallery
August 2015 ~ Crieff Arts Festival 
June 2105 ~ Pitlochry Art Walk
October 2014 ~ BAMM Miniatures, Jewry by Guildhall, London
September 2014 ~ BAMM North Exhibition, RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate
August 2014 ~ BAMM Scotland - Mosaic at the Mill, Bookshop Gallery, The Mill on the Fleet, Kirkcudbright
June 2014 ~ Solas Festival,  The Bield at Blackruthven, Mavis on display
May 2014 ~ Forteviot Village Hall, for the Royal visit by the Earl and Countess of Strathearn
April 2014 ~ In the Garden with Friends, The Bield at Blackruthven, my own exhibition with invited friends
Dec 2012 ~ The Journey of the Papar, The Bield at Blackruthven. Awarded best in show
Sept 2012 ~ BAMM Musica Exhibition St. Paul Bow Church in Bow, east London
Sept 2012 ~ Celebrate Crieff Exhibition, the Old Crieff Library, Crieff
February 2012 ~ Snowdrops by Starlight Cambo House, Fife
Summer 2012 ~ Say it With Flowers exhibition, The View Tube, Stratford
July 2012 ~ Mosaic Mania, Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, North Yorks
April 2012 ~ Ebb & Flow, Opus Mosaic Gallery, Exeter
2011 & 2012 ~ Medicins Sans Frontiers Exhibition & Auction
2011 ~ BAMM Miniatures exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral
2011 ~ BAMM juried exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral -
2011 ~ ‘Forest’ exhibition, Opus Mosaic Gallery, Exeter
2011 ~ PVAF, Encounters with Time Exhibition, Perth
2010 ~ ‘Art Nouveau’ exhibition. Opus Mosaic Gallery, Exeter
2009 ~ ‘Heaven’s Above’ exhibition, Opus Mosaic Gallery, Exeter

I also exhibit annually in Perthshire Open Studios

To get a slightly alternative view of what I am about, below are some questions (edited version) asked of me for a blog post by CraftyLou - to see the full blog, visit Lou's page here

Please give a brief bio of your business.  What is your background? How did you begin as an artist? 
I wish I had gone to art college after school, but followed a different path instead – following poorly judged (imo) parental advice.  Having dabbled in various medium as a hobby over the years, I discovered mosaic about 12 years ago, and was hooked.
I was taught by a friend, Jan Kilpatrick of Wild Tiles, who used to live in the area. My first project was a table top for the garden – as my husband and I at first couldn’t decide on what table to have, but agreed on mosaic – nothing like being ambitious! When Jan moved away from the area, we started to run mosaic classes using my B&B as the venue… so over the years, I have been able to tap into her expertise, and sometimes she in to mine.I took the plunge a about five years ago and started selling and being more pro-active in promoting myself. I have done a lot of soul searching over the last few years, and have realised that for me, being deemed ‘an artist’ is very important, and that I want to be represented in quality galleries or ‘craft’ outlets.

Explain your creative process. What journey do you take from idea to final product?
I am a passionate recycler, and love the use of mixed materials in creating a mosaic, and feel that it is an important part of my work to illustrate the reuse of materials.  It is often the receipt of a broken plate or cup that stimulates a new thought process and resulting mosaic; the colour or the texture of the item have a part to play. In terms of subjects, I love flowers and gardens, so many of my pieces are floral representations… though occasionally other ideas do pop into my head at times. I do have scrapbooks and mosaic books, but have recently started storing images on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/katycrieff/) categorised by plants, birds, hearts etc). I don't really use sketchbooks, as i am not so good at drawing.  Mosaic is more about blocks of colour and rhythm of the pieces, more akin to appliqué than painting.

What or who are you most inspired by?

Klimt and Tiffany, again it is more to do with the blocks of colour & rhythms. For writing and outlook on life, Barbara Kingsolver – novelist and essayist. She writes about various social issues, and has a strong environmental commitment. Her work has been consistantly good, and inspires a change in our own lives. The message that you get is that you can live a good and fulfilled life, be considerate to your neighbours, have sound social and environmental ethics and still achieve what you want out of life.

And for music, Natasha Atlas! i can shimmy around my workshop any day.

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