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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6 000 000 STING exhibition opeing

By spotogspindel | February 25, 2017

Bømlo art group asked to show my embroidery exhibition, and today was the opening. Here are just a few photos from the exhibition:


Trine, the leader of the group, opened the exhibition.


Some of the work is redesigned wool needlepoint. Other pieces are guerilla-inspired. Yet other pieces are portraits made by fabric-printing, appliqué and machine embroidery.


There are several styles and lots of color, all giving a view into the possibilities of embroidery.


The curator took my Prayer-carpet down from the wall and put it on the floor. This was an eye-opener even for me. I think the exhibit of this one piece was made a lot more political, just by this one difference, the associations lead you in a different direction.


Family-members used as models.


Ingrid Leithaug Mjanger and Simon Madsen played so beautifully at the opeing!


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6 000 000 stitches (again)

By spotogspindel | February 23, 2017


My embroidery exhibition 6 000 000 STING (stitches) is now finished in Stord Museum, and in January I got a request to show it again in Bømlo. It´s not traveling far, but it´s fun to see it up again so soon. It opens Saturday, and will be up for a week-and-a-half.

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Freestyling workshop

By spotogspindel | February 22, 2017

Sunday I had a great gang of people participating in my freestyle machine-embroidered jewelry workshop. Placed inside the Salhus Trikotasjemuseum in Salhus, outside of Bergen, in the middle of their embroidery-exhibition.


At first, as always, it´s a challenge to figure out the coordination of the rhythm of pedal-speed and movement-speed of the fabric itself. But very quickly, beautiful little creations started to appear


Like these adorable fishes swimming in a school. The participant is already on to a larger piece of more fish.


My own three-dimentional experiment worked out pretty well too. I know it´s not like me to work with pastels, something must have inspired me! Anyhow, it´s sewn seperatly in three pieces, and after the water-soluable fabric has been washed out, sen together. All it needs is a little pin on the back, and it´s a blooming broach!


Way to small, but we´re all showing our creations above. In only four hours they totally mastered the art of freestyle machine embroidery on water-soluable fabric, making their own lacy jewels!

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Sonja Ocean

By spotogspindel | February 21, 2017

Sølvtrans is a Norwegian shipping company, specialized in transporting live fish. They have two brand new boats in the making, and I am honored to be decorating them.  Yesterday I visited the ship-yard in Gursken, to mount the pictures.

The ship´s Christening is not for yet another couple of weeks, so as you can see in the photos, not everything is in place yet.


This may very well be the largest fishing-boat I´ve ever seen! Too bad there are no people close to it, so you could see how big it really is.


Inside the lounge, the interior-decorator wanted wallpaper-art behind the couch. She also requested the color-scheme and the motifs. The sofa is still veiled in plastic, but I think it will look really good together, with the black leather and the “old” oak-flooring.


(And as you can see, the colors are so different in different types of light!)


Opposite of the wallpaper-wall, another sofa rests under the view of the island where the ship has been built.


Finally, next to the windows, a close-up of an older fishing-boat can remind the workers of harder times…


Moving on to the conference-room, two green pictures decorate the wall. The lighthouse and the rope actually make a symbolic arrow upwards.


The old, beautiful lighthouse, Slåtterøy, is once again the main motif. (Did you know you can stay here? For a weekend or a holiday?)


And finally, calm waters. All pictures are digital photo/paint-collages, printed on plexi-glass-covered aluminum, 80×100 cm (except the wallpaper, which is around 210 x 450 cm)


Hopefully the art will help the crew feel at home. The best of luck to Sonja Ocean!

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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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