Inspirations - Carmen Bjornald

Introducing Carmen Bjornald from CeeBee - The Art of Recycling. She is an amazing artist who is passionate about giving new life to old items.

You can shop for her beautiful creations in her Etsy Shop, CeeBeeRecycle as well as her DaWanda shop, CeeBee.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Carmen Bjornald. I was born in Germany by a German mother and an African father (Liberia).

I grew up in Sweden where I studied design and moved to Italy in the early 80’s, where I still live with my husband and two sons.
What do you create?
I am a passionate recycler. I make bags, jewelery, home accessories and art using reclaimed materials. Mostly I have been using paper but I don’t want to get stuck only in one corner. I also have a collection of bags made with recycled hot air balloons.
What is your favorite craft or hobby?

I love sewing, cutting, gluing, sawing, drilling, soldering, designing… you name it…!


When did you realize your creative passion?

I think it all happened in a very natural way. I was lucky enough to grow up with a bunch of very creative people. Everybody around me was creative! Nobody forced me to be, so but I just slipped in naturally because it was fun.


What or who inspires you in your crafting and/or your life?

Everything that happens in my life inspires me! No matter if it’s just a normal day full of things to do or a special day on travel or maybe on an art exhibition. I always find something inspiring. May it be a personality, a beautiful thing or something I did not understand but that stimulated my curiosity.

Why do you create?
I actually think it is a need for me! It makes me feel good! I have had periods in my life when I earned a lot of money creating and others when I had to do other things to earn a living, but even then I would dedicate my free time to creating rather than sleeping or doing other things.


What other interests do you have?

Travel, nature, culture, animals,art… I wish a day would have at least 28 hours to be able to do it all!

What are your favorite materials to work with?

I definitely love recycling! It is much more interesting to make something beautiful out of something nobody appreciates any more, than putting together a diamond into a nice gold setting… Too easy!



Is crafting a hobby, business, or something in between?

Crafting for me has always been a hobby, a business for years and something in between whenever I am not able to earn my living with my crafting.

What project(s) are you the most proud of?

When I start to use a new material, something that has not been used yet to create what I am creating with it and I succeed.

How do you deal with crafting failures?

I have a good laugh and then store them in a box, far away from my sight. One day I will get those boxes out and make a flea market. If I don’t manage to sell them all … maybe I can manage to make somebody smile at least.


Where do you do most of your crafting?

In my lovely craft room at home, (I had to close my showroom because of the crises in Italy). If not available… never mind…I craft wherever.

What keeps you busy when you are not creating?

My family, my dog and my garden. I also spend quite a lot of time online.

Stay connected with Carmen:

CeeBee - The Art of Recycling
Etsy - CeeBeeRecycle
DaWanda - CeeBee
Facebook - CeeBee

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