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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Land art

By spotogspindel | April 29, 2017

For the first time in almost exactly ten years, I am back at Bømlo Folk High School teaching. This time only for a day. A creative Saturday! Following an introduction to land-art and Andy Goldsworthy, the students split up into groups and utilized the entire area around the school. Two hours later we all went for a walk in the sun. This is some of what we saw:


The dream-catcher…


The midsummer night´s dream´s  swing…


The moss-waterfall…


The portal into nature…


The triangular nest…


Faith, hope and love (this is love)…


The sunrise…


Flowers floating on the river Styx…


Ship-shaped nest (with anchor and sail).

I´ve had a great day with the students, it was great to be back!

PS. There are more pictures and a couple of films on my Instagram-account.

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By spotogspindel | April 20, 2017

I appologize for the long, quiet pause here on the blog. I am currently deeply buried in work finalizing my master-thesis. It will hopefully be delivered June 1st, so until then I will probably not be posting much creative activity here, simply because all my energy is going into this academic writing. I hope you understand and will be patient with me. This summer I am sure I will be bursting with closed-in creativity! 😀

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By spotogspindel | March 30, 2017

From Da Vinci´s first sketch of a flying-machine…


… to a newer satelite orbiting earth. We´ve come a long way! Several models are decorating the hallways at ESA ESTEC´s large facility. Over 2000 people work at this site alone.


Below is SMART-1

On December 13th, the premiere of Moon Village will take place all over the world. Including a live-streaming from this stage, inside ESA´s common area.


Dr. Foing was such a helpful,  sharing and inspiring host, we all left ESA with so much knowledge and motivation for our continued work with SPACE and GSO.


But making an opera about the moon village will not happen by itself. We need help from students! And Wednesday we left for an elementary school in the North of Holland, where we met a group of 50 creative and curious children.


90 minutes of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) with a creative approach to science using the WASO-methid (Write a science opera).


The children wrote, sketched and acted both questions, findings and funny stories, all connected to exploring space.


Such a pleasure to observe them (Although of course I wished I could understand Dutch!) They will keep on working with their scientific questions, and will perform at ESA (lucky kids!) in the opera.


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By spotogspindel | March 27, 2017


Best day ever! Visiting ESA ESTEC – The European Space Agency´s technical head-quarters here in Holland. Two full days of inspiration and information. Together with Mr Bernard Foing. Father of SMART-1, a real-life rocket scientist! and executive director of ESAs international Lunar Exploration Group. This is AMAZING!


Our group-photo in front of the ESA space-station module. People connected to the SPACE-project, this year most of them/us are working with the GSO Moon Village opera. Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Wales, Ireland, Portugal are represented.


A copy of the international space station. In real life it´s the size of a football field.


Bernard posing in front of the moon-mobile. A very practical vehicle that can be steered from earth if necessary. Or, at the push of a button will take the astronaut back to the station.


And this is part of the filed for trying out technical vehicles.


Inside the ESA space station module.


Norway seen from above.


The actual discovery-center, where they test out and invent.


A grain of sand, only a millimeter, can cause sever damage to metal, when it comes at a speed of 20 km per second, as you can see below.


Solar panels can be so beautiful! Like this Studio 54 disco-version 😉


The plans for how the permanent space station on the moon will look like. This is a 3D printed small-scale copy.


To prevent damage from astroids, the walls will be covered in 1-2 meter thick porous  3D printed material, almost like a sponge, filled with sand (or water!) to soften any blows on the outside.


More tomorrow!

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ARTing journal 7

By spotogspindel | March 17, 2017

The last pages in this round. Google-image of Native American indian used as inspiration. And Pinterest-inspired images of eye and man. And some free pages to paint! 🙂

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ARTing journal 6

By spotogspindel | March 16, 2017

Yet a few ARTing journal-pages. The angry men are freestyle machine-embroidered and is a sample made for a workshop. Pinterest-inspired landscapes, focusing on clouds and abstract landscapes. Bottom girl with red hair is an experiment seeing how many colors I can get by just mixing two colors: read and green. (Made years ago, and recycled as paper in the book, but I didn´t want to paint over her after all. I mean, it´s just for fun this journal anyway)

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ARTing journal 5

By spotogspindel | March 15, 2017

Still more pages to go!

Pinterest-inspirered acrylic paints. Top and bottom: what is the connection between the person and the landscape? Middle page is a gathering of thoughts around plastic pollution in the oceans. Michelle made the whale, I got a print and glued it down. Actually I´m really liking the landscapes. Maybe especially the abstract one. I´ve never been able to paint abstract (this is just a copy) and I so want to learn!

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ARTing journal 4

By spotogspindel | March 14, 2017

And then some more… it´s all about the ARTing journal here…

Pinterest-inspired paintings and experiments with acrylic paints. The first two, I think what is their connection? Does she live here? Is this the place she dreams of? Is it a place she´s never been, but will see some time in the future??

The second is a cooperative painting between me and the super-talented Michelle Allen. We kept sending our journal back and forth, painting a bit in each others books. Finally the outline of a cat came, and here he is! The last painting of the girl has a bit too much reflection on her shadow-side, she looks better in real life.

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ARTing journal 3

By spotogspindel | March 13, 2017

Still more ARTing journal-pages. Trying out different techniques and tools. Pencil vs paint, naturalistic vs abstract, minimalist vs maximalist and so on. (The blank page isn´t blank, it´s just really hard to see what´s on there)

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ARTing journal 2

By spotogspindel | March 12, 2017

Continuing yesterday´s sharing of ARTing journal-pages.

“A line is a dot that went for a walk”. The chimp and the bird is inspired by Pinterest. The eco-chic is probably more with a focus on my studies in eco-design. Mind you this not only looks nothing like me, it doesn´t look anything like the inner me either 😉 (Ups. I forgot a page at the bottom there, have to go back and paint some more.)

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