Using expired pills, Eleni Ioannidou, an Infectious Diseases Specialist and Director of the Pathology Clinic of the Rethymno Hospital (Crete), creates unique pandemic-themed mosaics.
The idea of creating mosaics with expired pills dates back to 2008 when she operated a community pharmacy that gave medication to those in financial need.
The medication is donated from individuals who are safely discarding unwanted and out-of-date medicines.
That is when the idea struck her.
“I noticed the amazing colours and shapes that these drugs had and I decided to try to use them as tiles to make mosaics,” she posted on her Blogspot.
Then the coronavirus pandemic happened and she used this creativity to relieve stress and relax her mind and body.
“During the quarantine period, this occupation worked psychotherapeutically and offered me a great relief from the intensity of work, and it was creative and enjoyable at the same time.”