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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the BIG mitten

By spotogspindel | February 20, 2015

Two actor-friends are making a children´s show of the fairytale of The Lost Mitten. I´ve helped them out a bit with making a pattern, cutting and partly sewing the sheep-skins together. The leather is soft, but sewing it together, is quite demanding, so we took turns at it. We used skins from 3 sheep on this mitten, so you can see, it´s quite big! There room in here for a mouse, a fox, a rabbit, a frog and a bear! ;-)


photo: Gabrielle Bakke

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My life without me

By spotogspindel | February 19, 2015


A new picture, with almost the same title, in the same technique. Freestyle machine embroidery on white linen. Made for the Peace-festival under the theme “People fleeing” (refugees). To bring the theme closer to my own everyday world, my thought was to look at what I would flee from. This is actually a picture of a dear friend of mine, sitting in her big, cosy chair, with the kitchen in the background. We are so incredibly lucky and blessed to live where we do, now in this day and age. I don´t think anyone of us can imagine what it would be like, leaving it all behind. Would we? Could we?

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Our life without us

By spotogspindel | February 9, 2015

Saturdays and Sundays both have two shows, so this month, Mondays are my “Sundays”. Sleeping in, taking things easy. But taking things slow does´t mean sitting on the couch watching TV, doing nothing!

The other day I received an invite from the folk high school where I used to work. Every year they host a Peace-festival, and this years theme is “People displaced/fleeing/running away from war (What on earth is the correct English term here?!)” I thought about it for a while, and found it quite a depressing subject, and I didn´t want to paint a picture of some orphan or poor asylum seeker or the equivalent. Instead I thought. What is important to me, to us? What would it be like if I had to leave everything behind?


So I decided to sew a picture (freestyle machine embroidery) of an everyday scene, and simply remove the main characters. Since I am usually the photographer, I´m not in many pictures, so I had to be a little free in my own interpretation. Using a family-photo of two of my close family-members, posing in London. The embroidery is black polyester thread on white linen (with two layers of cotton underneath for support) and is 21x 18 cm (+ the white fabric frame around).  Not sure exactly how to mount it, so I´ll leave it for now. But I do like it, and will definitely make more in the same technique.

I´ve called the picture “Our life without us”

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By spotogspindel | February 5, 2015


Half my days are now working as a stage-tech on GREASE, which means the other half of the day is free to work on other projects. Today I started working on a model of the set-design for a DUS-show (“The young stage”-project, directly translated) I´ll show you the finished box when it´s done. So far I´m using a hard-foam (not sure of the name.. Linux?), cutting it into miniatures (1:25), and glueing down what the cover will look like. I´ll probably glue down fabric on wooden boxes. The boxes already exist, so it´s an easy way to renew them, and a lot quicker than painting them like old wood.

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By spotogspindel | January 29, 2015


Haugesund teater presents

The rock’n roll-musical GREASE by Jim Jacobs and Warren Chasey, translated by Henrik Amundsen and Erik Schøyen. Director: Erik Schøyen. Scenography: takes. Choreography: Belinda Braza. Musical leader: Halvor Lillesund. Light design: Eirik Brenne Torsethaugen, Sound: Stig Morten Sørum, Make-up: Unni Gjerde, Props: Janne Robberstad, Directors assistant: Vilde Lundal Rossebø


Danny: Håvard Eikeseth, Sandy: Lene Kokai Flage, Rizzo: Mari Haugen Smistad, Frenchy: Gabrielle Bakke, Marty: Anette Lauenborg Waaler, Jan: Benedicte Søreng, Kenickie:Richard Olsen, Doody: Sigurd Christian Dahle Uberg, Roger: Martin Hovland, Sonny: Magnus Emaka Einang, Patty: Linn Løvvik, ChaCha: Katarina Lund, Eugene: Fredrik Høstaker and ensemble & teen angel: Malene Bols. Mrs. Lynch: Nina Westerlund Lie, Vince Fontaine:  Gunnar Andersen.


First day at a new school for Sandy, meeting the Pink Ladies.


And for the coolest guys at Rydell High.


The surprise reunion.


Doody´s learned how to play the guitar during the summer, and the boys perform a beautifully choreographed “towel-dance”.


Slumberparty at Marty´s.


Kenickie telling the boys how absolutely fantastic his “new” car Greased Lightning is.


Of course, in his dreams, this car is a real chick-magnet!


But Rizzo is less than impressed.


A day in the park.


“We go together”


At the prom. Patty´s got her eyes on Danny.


ChaCha wants a great dance-partner, and finds him in an unexpected place.


Vince Fontaine is hitting it off with Marty.


But more than anything, the prom is about dancing!


Danny and ChaCha wins the competition.


Sandy sings “It´s raining on prom night”


And Danny is just sad.


“Goodbye to Sandra Dee!”

And the transformation is formidable! (Sorry, no photos)

All photos: Grethe Nygaard/Haugesund Teater

This is a truly remarkable ensemble. They all fit their characters so well! And they really do “go together – like remma-demma-dinge-dy-wha-ha!”

My job in this production is as head of props. But I´ve been working cross-section, from adapting costumes, designing all the marquee-letters, building carseats, making and buying props, and managing the wardrobe.

GREASE opened  January 29th and will run till February 22nd at Festiviteten, Haugesund.

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By spotogspindel | January 29, 2015

Tonight´s the night! The grand opening of GREASE! A couple of photos from the rehearsals below.


This is backstage right now: the girls are in make-up/hair-styling. In about 10 minutes it´s the boys´ turn.


This “ON AIR” sign is one of the last props made. In co-operation with the light-designer. I found a metal cookie-box we could use, and made the actual sign, first printing the words onto plastic, then cutting out thick tape to glue on the back so no light would shine where it wash´t supposed to.


I didn´t get to take any photos of it while it was still in my hands, all of a sudden it was up on the wall, and below I only have a bad photo (black sign on black wall), but as you can see above, it works. Eirik, the lighting-designer drilled holes in the box, added a red bulb, red light-filter and got it up.


I also have to share this photo of Fredrik, one of the ensemble, who is a true joy to be around (even if he looks very serious here) He volunteered to make the “ugly prize made by the ceramics-class” (quote script) in “trolldeig” I don´t know what that is in English. Made with flour, salt and a little oil and water, baked slowly at a low temperature. There is a lot of humor in GREASE, and this scene is a good example. Sorry. Have to run now. Prepping for the the show. It starts in … 89 minutes :-)


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fake shakes and cosy covers

By spotogspindel | January 26, 2015

We´re in the last week – Thursday is the opening night of GREASE!

Some of today´s props include making milk-shakes. That is, empty milk-shake-glasses. That still have a hint of milkshake in them. No clean glasses in other words.


I found these funky plastic glasses in a charity-shop, made a mixture of acrylic paint, high-gloss glue and water, poured it in and back out again. Some of it stuck, and hopefully, when it´s dry tomorrow, it might look like the real thing…


The girls have a quick scene-change, and carry this queen bed on stage in seconds. No wheels. How do they do it? The mattress is filled with air! ;-) The cover is also bought second hand, and gives the perfect romantic feel of a young, romantic girl in the 50s.

One of my jobs is to be a stage-technician. Mainly it consists of giving and receiving props, and moving these big steel stair-cases. They´re all on wheels, and fairly easy to move.


This is what it looks like from behind. The carseats from my last backstage-post are done. :-)


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Viking Neptun by night

By spotogspindel | January 17, 2015


We interrupt these backstage theatre reports with a completely different matter. I´m in Ulsteinvik a couple of days to hang a truck-load of pictures. Both my own art, two colleagues art and children´s art. The Christening isn´t until the end of February, but the ship will be at sea until right before, so the decorations had to be done now. Busy-busy, but fun-fun. It´s always good to finish a project. And it´s always great to have my Dad with me to help.

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GREASE: soul food

By spotogspindel | January 17, 2015

Well, maybe it downs´t exactly look like real soul food just yet. But it a good beginning.


Props include food, and there is a lot of food in Grease. School cafeteria food including macaroni and beans. One portion will be edible, the rest are just for show. The ingredient are both still dry, and mixed together by high-gloss glue. Still need some paint, but it´s a good beginning.

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GREASE: palm-leaf-extensions

By spotogspindel | January 17, 2015


One of the props in GREASE is fake palm trees. The designer decided to use foil-palms. When they arrived, the were a bit smaller than we anticipated, so today´s task was to make palm-tree-leaf-extensions! Using a few simple materials, above: cellophane, wire, tape and plastic.


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