Janne Robberstad

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National treasures – the textiles

By spotogspindel | August 28, 2014

Continuing the National treasures-series. Here are some of the textile treasures I found this summer:


An antique, paisley-patterned table-cloth made of silk and wool found it´s way to Stalheim, Norway´s largest private museum. A collector who happened to be a hotel-manager travelled around his area collecting all sorts of treasures, big and small. And even this one bought on his honey-moon.


Traditional embroidery on a collar of a bunad-shirt. Called black-seam. The stitches are so small and fine, and even though the pattern is simple, it´s very decorative.


More bunad-textiles. These woven bands are used for everything from suspenders to hide seams/decorate the fabric to hair-bands. Handwoven, one would use a small handheld loom.


And then some: These are chest-pieces or stomachers. All different designs. Nowadays it is much more uniform. Back in the day, people would make what they liked, related to the regional taste, and with the material they had at hand. The variety is rich both in color, design and  pattern.


A knitted sweater in red and black. The black yarn was naturally black from the sheep. The red was probably dyed naturally with plant-dye.


What is this spiky punk thing you ask?! It´s a belt. Up code it looks more ethnic than punk. but spikes they are, nonetheless :-)


A rare treat. A silk night-sweater from the 17th century. They were imported from the Netherlands, and there are only 17 surviving examples left in Norway. And as far as I know, only this one is blue. the others are red. All with gold embroidery on them. Sigh… the beauty!


Textiles were actually more expensive than painting. So in many places walls are decorated with paint alluding draped textiles. Food for thought today, when painting is considered fine art, and textiles as merely crafts. The status has certainly changed.

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National treasures – the nature

By spotogspindel | August 27, 2014

Norway is a small country, for better and for worse. A densely populated, weird, long shape on the map. But it is a country filled with unexpected treasures, some of whom I´ve seen this last part of the summer. So let me share in a couple of posts, some of the national treasures, big and small, just as an inspiration. Let´s start with the big, and perhaps the obvious: nature.

Norway is the country of fjords. Of pure nature, steep mountains, deep fjords, naked rock-faces, a veeeery long coastline…


Stalheim near Voss. I´d never heard of the place, but the mountains here are stunning. So steep and tall, it looked even more extreme in real life than in this photo. The mountain pass between Voss and Sogn.


The Hardanger fjord is a classic. Bømlo, my little island is way out in the mouth of the fjord, when you can´t really see it´s a fjord anymore. But this is from the edge of the inner part, and it´s pretty stunning.

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By spotogspindel | August 26, 2014


Fall means it´s time for workshops. This time, graphic artist Jan Terje Rafdal is visiting Bømlo Art Group for a weekend crash-course in graphic art-making. Jan Terje is super-talented, and he makes the most awesome oil-paintings of the mountains where he lives. You can see some of his work here.

Oh, and I made the poster… ;-)

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bobbin lace… kinda

By spotogspindel | August 25, 2014

Fall means back to school, and in my case that means back to the workshops at Voss. This time we got to try making bobbin lace. Oooo… it´s complicated! I really had a though time trying to understand the 3D logic of it, just by looking at how it was built up. We did have instructions to follow, but when things get too complex, it´s often easier to try to understand by cracking the code visually. you know how some people read the text in the how-to, while others read the pictures. I am one of the ladder. Anyway. Below is our teacher´s example of what we were supposed to make.


And here is my feeble attempt. Each thread a different color, to more easily keep them apart. This is just about as far as I got. By now I have cracked the code on the how-to-make, but not the code on how-to-fix-mistakes. And it was a mistake that stopped me. I still can´t see it, but I know it´s there. (darn)


Still a bit of a way to go before I reach the level below, you might say. I will have another go at it though. But maybe with slightly bette equipment. Using the same weight on every thread will probably help. Now it was cloth-pins and spoons and just rolled up yarn. It´s nice to have something to blame one´s own lack of talent on ;-)


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By spotogspindel | August 17, 2014

In addition to the abstract oil painting, I am also working on a 3D collage. It´s a mix of techniques used in book-binding, jewelry-making and traditional collage. These will become little pictures to hang on the wall. If I had mounted them differently, they could have been necklaces, hence the title: jewelry for the wall!


Layers of different types of paper, leather and mica, will be bound together as a book.


Another one, with a front cover of a previous artwork of mine in miniature.

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Foggy seas

By spotogspindel | August 16, 2014

Another new oil-painting:


Foggy Seas, 30×30 cm, oil on wood

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Sunset in summer

By spotogspindel | August 15, 2014

Another abstract oil-painting:


Sunset in Summer, 20,5×29,5 cm, oil on wood

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A fine day at sea

By spotogspindel | August 14, 2014

I´m getting ready for my exhibitions in September, and will show you some of the new pictures I´m working on. A new technique is working more abstract with water-soluble oil-paint. Two new areas in other words.


A fine day at sea, 40×40 cm, oil on wood

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Student work

By spotogspindel | August 14, 2014


I have a student! A lady asked me if she could take private classes with me for a while, and today was our first day together. As a teacher, I´ve had plenty of students, but it feels a bit different having one student in your home.

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By spotogspindel | August 12, 2014


The evening I´ve been helping a neighbor to make her own stamp. She´s a teacher, and together we´ll teach her class, but first she wanted to make her own. She choose a Japanese twin-bird motif, and it came out quite beautiful I think! Very elegant,


The process from paper-copy via stamp to finished print.


And my sample. A simplified face of someone in deep thoughts.

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