Thursday, April 3, 2014

Recycled Fashion Accessories and Home Decor - Carmen Björnald

I admire artisans who are able to recycle everyday materials into something new that looks professional and even sophisticated. Carmen Björnald, a designer in Milan, Italy and owner of Etsy shop CeeBee Recycle, is one such person. She makes an eclectic array of useful items from magazine pages, used books and sheet music, as well as fabric from hot air balloons.

recycled-paper-tote-collage

Carmen uses vintage paper and upcycled magazines to create stylish totes, laptop cases, sunglasses holders, clutches, wristlets, and messenger bags - all are functional and quite durable, thanks to a laminating process.

recycled-paper-wine-rack

She also creates one of a kind home decor items. This six bottle wine rack fashioned from Italian magazines and wooden dowels caught my eye, as did this folded book nativity with elegant, modern lines.

recycled-paper-nativity-set

Carmen crafts a variety of clever birdhouses from rolled strips of recycled paper, such as this retro trailer/camper. Meant to be used for indoor display only, there's no doubt it would catch the attention of your guests.

paper-sculpture-trailer-birdhouse

She has a knack for creating flowers from a variety of recycled papers, and often makes bridal bouquets and table decor, such as these mulberry paper carnations and khadi paper (cotton rag) moth orchid place cards.


mulberry-paper-carnations

recycled-paper-bridal-bouquet

handpainted-orchid-place-card

Hair accessories from recycled and watercolored sheet music are another specialty.

bridal-hair-paper-flowers

At the moment, Carmen is creating a new collection of flower designs that she plans to gather into a book. Here's a sneak peek...

paper-garden


Final image by photographer Gabriele Balestra; all others by Carmen Björnald of CeeBee Recycle.


5 comments:

Julie Baswell said...

So talented.

Traci said...

I adore that music bag!

Reusing with Quilling said...

This is Awesome..I loved it.. none of these creation looks like it is recyled..!

Anonymous said...

Stunning and beautiful.
Francine

SUGANTHI said...

So talented. Couldn't leave her shop ,so many beautiful things in one place.

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