Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as a costume-designer and an artist, and creating, or ARTING as I prefer, makes me happy! This is both a portfolio of things I´ve made and a blog meant to inspire.

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Learning to fly

By spotogspindel | January 6, 2017


Yesterday Peter Pan learned to fly. So did Tinkerbell, Wendy, John and Michael.

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Backstage Peter Pan

By spotogspindel | January 5, 2017

21 days to go:


So many things have happened this week already! As you can see in the video above. Monday the light-rig was set.


And we got all the pieces of the set onto the stage, ready for:


Tuesday and Wednesday the carpenters and technicians got up the flying-system and the complete set. No worries, still a thousand details to get in place, but the main construction is up. A couple of small, fun props made in between:


Well, I made these hearing-protectors glitter for Tinkerbell… (still drying here) The dress is also on it´s way, but I´ve forgotten to take photos of it.


Peter Pan´s shoes has a subtle “leafy” finish.

My colleague Unni makes the actors look amazing!


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Hook´s hooks

By spotogspindel | January 4, 2017



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Planning ahead…

By spotogspindel | January 1, 2017


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2016 review

By spotogspindel | December 31, 2016

I feel it is a good thing at the end of the year to look back at what the past year actually has brought me, both pain and pleasure. Gratefully, the ladder is the large majority. Honestly, when I think about it, I can´t remember any really bad things happening in my little world this year. I know for the rest of the world, sadly, this is not the case. Nonetheless, I will focus on the positive in this post, and share 12 highs from 2016 with you.


I´m a student! Taking a masters-degree as an adult is both challenging and very rewarding. I am spending more time than I initially thought I would, but that is mainly because I find it very interesting and want to excel (which doesn´t come by itself).


I often count my year´s highs in Things-I-haven´t-done-before, and here are a few of them.

For the first time, I made a large, 100% sustainable outdoor art installation “Hesje”, honoring the ancient west-coast farmer tradition of drying hay. we got a surprising amount of publicity, and a lot of “likes” on Facebook on the Norwegian farmers association 🙂 Also it was the first time I drove a tractor 😀 Ha, ha, ha…


For the first time, I made an all textile art-exhibition. It was a also a first to cooperate with a museum in a project as this. I´m feeling quite proud of the result, and have gotten a lot of good feedback on it. Even men and kids enjoy it – the men usually stop to look at the sexy(?) underwear and the kids run straight for the textile cubes to build and climb.


For the first time, I have entered the world on Physics! After an incredibly interesting conference at my college, I was introduced to major scientists within the fields of particle-physics and astro-physics. There is so much I don´t understand, but I am thoroughly enjoying it anyway! And I´ve now got at least a dozen new friends from all over the world!


For the first time I got to deliver art on not just one, but TWO platforms! I´ve also delivered art to two offshore ships. I love my work!


Even so, the best days are the days spent with dear friends and family, like here: at Easter in the sunny & snowy mountains.


Lucky me, I get to hang out with this cool, little dude and his sister almost everyday! The best neighbors ever!! (My baby-sister and her family)


For the first time, I (kind of) learned how to hand-make a glass. A crash-course for beginners (with a lot of help!). Oh, the joy!


For the first time, I visited Japan! And Curacao in the Caribbean. No matter how comfortable Curacao was, Japan is totally unbeatable! It is on my top-three-list of favorite countries (haven´t decided which the other two are). It is AWESOME! The culture, the history, the art, the people! I absolutely love it! And speaking of firsts: I also held my very first talk there. A proper presentation about eco-scenography and the Global Science Opera project at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. It is so cool, I am envious of my own experience! 😉


Back in Norway, straight on to this years second theatre-performance in which I had the scenography. The first was “Smørbukk” in Oslo, the second one was “The black comedy” in Bømlo.


But the really big premiere, was “Ghost Particle”, this years Global Science Opera. Since it is part of my master-thesis, I am now involved in this amazing, international, creative collaboration. Here I am in the TV-studio, where all the live-streaming and pre-recorded scenes were put together and transmitted live. So exciting!


And just before delivering my exams in December, I followed a group of Master-students in biology, in their quest to make a creative presentation of their scientific results. They did really great, making a full-size board-game, complete with a large dice to roll and cards with facts and challenges. So proud of them!

I don´t believe in new year´s resolutions. But the past years I´ve had a couple anyway.

1. Learn something new.

2. Travel to a place I´ve never been before.

3. Spend more time with my family and friends.

This year I think I´ve actually managed to fulfill all three of them. And since I am FOR recycling, I´ll do just that: these are the new years resolutions for 2017 as well! 😀

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Christmas 2016

By spotogspindel | December 25, 2016


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Christmas sweater

By spotogspindel | December 23, 2016

The past 10 years I´ve spent December 23rd helping my sister in her store, wrapping presents. This year, she´s closed her shop, and we were talking about what we´d do this year. I suggested we should make our own Christmas sweaters, after all, we are creative people! 😉 It´s been SO incredibly busy the past weeks (as you´ve noticed from the absence of posts), I haven´t had time to think much about it. Last night I finally had the chance to search Pinterest for ideas. By chance this pun of a joke showed up on a former student of mine´s Facebook-page. In Norwegian it´s hysterically funny, at least I think so. Probably less so when I try to translate and explain.


The text is from a Norwegian Christmas carol, and it reads pretty much “try to find the path/road/fairway to where the Christmas star is”. Leia is translated to fairway. And as you may guess, my former student is a sworn Star Wars-fan…


I used an old woolen sweater, and appliquéd the letters, stars and the princess on. I first used vlisofix and ironed everything down, otherwise the loose knit would have stretched all over the place. Very happy with my new sweater! 😀

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By spotogspindel | December 4, 2016


I´ve forgotten to share this CV with you! My young friend Joakim Vikanes is a trained guitarist, and is currently taking his masters-degree at Guildford College of Music in London. (which means he´s really good!) When he made his solo-debut CD earlier this fall, he asked me to design the cover for him. What an honor! And it´s always such a thrill to see the finished product, packed and wrapped.



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Christmas at the museum

By spotogspindel | December 3, 2016


This weekend Sunnhordlan Museum are opening their doors, inviting to a pre-Christmas event. Exhibitions, activities and cafés… I was present during part of the opening hours at my embroidery exhibition. And to no surprise, the over-sized textile building blocks were once again an attraction among the children. I saw forts and towers, cottages and prisons being built. At one point, a young girl laid all the blocks out next to each other, and just lay quietly on top of them, relaxing and enjoying her alone-time, before a new group of kids joined her. Most of the kids played happily, though some really had a problem understanding the concept of “don´t throw” 😉

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Ghost Particles – the complete opera!

By spotogspindel | December 2, 2016


Finally, the complete broadcasting of Ghost Particles goes viral, and is accessible to everyone. By clicking on the picture above, you should be taken to a site where you can watch it. I´ve said it before, I´ll say it again: I am so proud to be part of this project!


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