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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Techical building and art

By spotogspindel | September 20, 2014

Bremnes Seashore has built a new building for the technical department.


We´ve used some of the old photographs from their archive to decorate the stairwell.


So many great portraits here of people at work. They all seem to really like their workplace.


And a couple of yummy salmon dishes decorate the meeting room.

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more marques letters

By spotogspindel | September 18, 2014

It´s a bi project, making all the letters for the Grease-set. These are some of the guys making them.


They are hard-working, and I am trying to be ahead of them, getting more letters designed, to make sure they can keep busy. They´re really getting the hang of it! Aren´t the letters below kinda cool?!


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inspiration: AnniesRags

By spotogspindel | September 17, 2014


AnniesRags is one of my favorite Etsy-shops! She makes unique jewelry, pieced together by treasures gathered from around the world, joined with her own self-made beads. Whenever I wear her jewelry, I hum to myself from West Side Story: “I feel pretty!” :-)


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Manhattan skyline

By spotogspindel | September 17, 2014


A friend of mine renewed his kitchen. Above his stove he wanted a urban motif: the Manhatten skyline. I helped him in the process, finding a photo, having it printed and mounted onto the wall. Looks pretty cool, huh?! :-) (this is before he´s actually moved back into the room, so it´s a bit empty still)

Topics: interior | 1 Comment »

Exhibition opening Austevoll

By spotogspindel | September 13, 2014

Today was the opening of the autumn-exhibition. I have almost all of my art gathered on the second floor in this old country grocery-store. Here are some photos from the room.


I have a variety of techniques here: oil-painting, acrylic painting, silkscreen printing, freestyle machine embroidery, mica-collage, mixed media collage, acrylic on plaster and digital photo-collage.


In between my work, are some ceramic artworks, made by Turid Vikene.


All together we are 8 artists opening in this big gallery today, 6 of us were present. Quite a crowd came for the opening.


The exhibition will be here at least until November. And if you are nearby, it is absolutely worth a trip. Bekkjarvik is such a beautiful, little town.


All in all I have 40 pictures here now, around 30 of them are brand new.


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the wall-book-jewelry-picture

By spotogspindel | September 11, 2014


My first mica-picture. A mixed media piece with leather, metal, paper and seashells, in addition to the mica. Both natural and man-made mica. It´s about 14 x 30 cm.

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gallery work

By spotogspindel | September 10, 2014


I´ve spent the day at Austevoll, bringing my artwork up to the gallery. I didn´t think I had all that many pictures with me, but when they were all up, it turned out to be 40 pictures all in all. Grouping them and hanging them on the walls… it takes longer than one would think, to make it all right.

You are all welcome to the opening on Saturday! :-)


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the TOU tote bag

By spotogspindel | September 8, 2014

Mølleparken Tau, where I now have my exhibition, is a former mill and brewery. When I first visited the place in January, I got an old paper bag, the kind they used to have flour in when I was a kid. Well, up until 20 years ago. Now others have taken over the flour-marked, and new designs have entered our everyday life. I sometimes ask myself, when does history start? Is it when people wore crinolines and corsets? Is it when my grandparents were young? Was it yesterday? This flour-bag is a silent witness of times changing. It´s already been 20 years, it´s almost antique! Yet to me it seems like this is the way a flour bag should look, the newer ones are just wanna-be´s. I guess it is a sure sin that I am getting older.


In any case, I wanted to do something with the bag, something practical. Instead of collaging it into a picture, I had the pattern printed on canvas, and made a tote-bag. It´s sewn and ironed into the exact shape the flour-bag is, so it really is the textile-version.


A heap of exclusive bags, perfect for grocery-shopping! :-)

Topics: textile | 2 Comments »

TAU exhibition

By spotogspindel | September 7, 2014

Today is the opening of my exhibition in the Mill-park at Tau, right outside Stavanger.


The exhibition is placed in an old barn, where the cows used to be.


Thick stone-walls add to the atmosphere. Despite the age of the building, it´s all newly refurbished and bright and quite lovely.


I made space for the short-version of Family-life in the light-houses on one of the walls. All adapted to a different format, and printed on plexi-glas.


The two pictures on the left are from Tau. The lady on the horse is the wife of a former director at the mill. And below her is an old photo of the mill, taken around the 1930s.


A mix of old and new pictures have found their way to Tau.




Some of my paper-and-metal-collages.


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By spotogspindel | September 6, 2014


A fun day filled with painting and making art for the new Eidesvik-ship. It´s not being Christened until November, but arting takes time!And today 15 kids in the Eidesvik-club joined me in making the days brighter for the people who will be working onboard. Most of these kids have parents working onboard on one of the ships, or on shore in the office, and know what it´s like to have a parent that´s away from home 2-4 weeks at a time. Below you can see the results:


John Marius painted this landscape. It´s almost 3D in some places!


Kris painted a detailed version of Viking Neptun (the name of the ship)


Adrian is a scubadiver and knows quite a bit about marine life, as you can tell by his painting.


Daniel painted one of the Eidesvik Viking-ships on a sunny day.


Brit made a colorful mandala for meditation.


Viktoria worked in a geometrical pattern with bright colors. It´s cool to see the effect!


Maria painted Vågslid, up in the mountains in Telemark, between the tunnels.


Elise made an enchanted forrest in spring.


Hillbjørg made this cheerful landscape.


Edit wanted to make a sunset beyond our wildest dreams!


Ingvild did it all: both the ship , the sea and the fjords and mountains! She even had space for a waterfall!


Maria made a underwater palace for King Neptune and his wife Salacia.


Madeleine made a landscape-picture with boathouses and sailing boats.


Benedicte did the same, but added a road with a bright pink car :-)


Hedda made the other painting connected to the name of the ship. This is Triton, Netun´s son, who was half man/half fish, or a mer-man.


The last “kid” in the group is Borgny, who joined us and made a painting of her ship sailing into the sunset.

Thank you to all my artistic helpers! In November, I´ll show you how it all turned out on the walls onboard.

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