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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By spotogspindel | August 26, 2015

I´m a student!

22 years since i graduated Teachers College, with my arts and crafts-teacher degree. And now, I have started the Master studies. I´ve been putting off thinking much about it until now when it all of a sudden started yesterday.. I´ve felt like the biggest gambler getting into this. The past 8 years since i quit my teaching-job, 5 of the 7 schools who had jobs for arts and crafts teachers in the reagion, have simply shut down the arts and crafts education. So spending two years taking a degree in a subject that they simply don´t have anymore, seems at best foolish to me. But it seems I´ve always been a person who follows the heart. And my heart lies with ARTing, with creating, with inspiring others to discover their own pure joy of creating.

These past two days of lectures, and trying to wrap my head around all that is new, my faith has been restored. It seems there are things going on in the ministry regarding creative subjects in the schools, that might just mean that I am taking my Masters-degree at the exact right time. I used to be daunted at the thought of all the curriculum, all the reading, but now I can feel my curriousity is awakened, and I want to learn much more about the theory of the field. I want to have more arguments, a better vocabulary, when discussing with other “non-arts-and-crafts-enthusiastics”.

I am SO looking forward to all the new knowledge waiting there to be discovered!

And on a more personal level, another piece of news happened just yesterday: I´m a Grandma again! This time our oldest girl gave birth to a little girl called Amanda. My heart is swelling with pride and love, and I am so much looking forward to getting to know this new little person!

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By spotogspindel | August 21, 2015


School starts on Monday! I´m gonna be a student again! Yikes! Better get my new calendar-book ready, so I have somewhere to write down all I have to remember!

She´s almost as pale as I am, pale with fear and excitement! She needs some more color, I need to just dive into it! Tell you more on Monday :-)

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Posh-ish guerilla

By spotogspindel | August 19, 2015

At the edge of summer, and I´m sewing away! Another guerilla-embroidery piece is done. I did not make all of this! Just the lettering. It was an unfinished piece I found in a charity-shop a couple of years ago, and I knew I wanted to make something with it, just not what…



The embroidery is mercerized cotton thread sewn on linen.


The text is written in my local Norwegian dialect. “Må kje anka – da e mamma sin jobb da” directly translated it means: Don´t worry – that´s Mom´s job. Which might not make much sense outside out family, but to us, it´s actually become kind of a funny, little saying. Hopefully others will also recognize the situation.


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Building inspection!

By spotogspindel | August 14, 2015


I think I´ve already mentioned it. Haugesund city is getting a new health house. With a private hospital, physiotherapy, optician, a gym, a post-office, a grocery-store, a café… and 24 apartments on top! An all-in-building, in the middle of Haugesund centre. It´s a 7 story-building, and it is SO lovely formed and planned – kudos to the architects!

And why am I inside before the building has opened? Because I am so incredibly lucky to be the chosen artist to decorate this building! I can´t believe my luck! Seriously! The workplace for around 150 people, with 2-3000 people passing through here everyday! Now that is something else! It just makes me so humble and proud to be part of this project!

I´ve visited the building before, but they´ve come a lot further in the process in just a couple of months. The picture is showing the main entrance. And everybody will be in by October 1st. Phew! Gotta make art! (And this is the reason why I don´t post on my blog every day)

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Posters and plans

By spotogspindel | August 11, 2015

Fall is just around the corner, and plans are being made. Our culture-house is celebrating it´s 10th anniversary, and the Art group is helping with activities like a photo-workshop and a Family-day making  little wooden boats. Both things are happening in October, but since I am the poster-person, here they are:


Information about the activities in Norwegian here. 


You can hardly see the text in the big textile picture below, but it reads:



and that is exactly what I plan to do with this fall! Bring it on! :-)

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By spotogspindel | August 10, 2015

I am trying to explore different options, different techniques and different expressions before the big embroidery exhibition next summer.

One thing that´s been quite common around here, a generation or two ago, are these embroidered wall-hangings. Some of them have a saying from the Bible, and other, like this one, welcomes you into the home.



It says “Welcome to our home” in Norwegian.

At first I thought I´d just leave it as an example for what used to be, and then make my own versions. But then I decided, I could actually just undo the text, and embroider a new text on it. It´s fairly kitchy (I think) (Even the guy downstairs exclaimed when he say it on the wall: Is THAT gonna hang there?!!?) Anyway, since it´s all feminine and old-fashioned and cosy and wholesome and all that, I was looking for a text that would say the exact opposite of the illustration. And I think I found it 😉



“Welcome to the Pleasure dome” is the title of Frankie goes to Hollywood´s most famous album back in the 80s. It was controversial enough to have a couple of the songs on it banned from some radio-stations, unless I remember wrong. Very catchy music to dance to back in 1985, and still today the title more than hints to a rather kinky gathering-place…

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Rain on a hit summer´s day

By spotogspindel | August 9, 2015


“Rain on a hot summer´s day” is the title of this acrylic painting I made tonight. I had two friends over for a creative evening. I´ve said it before, I´ll say it again: it´s so nice to create with someone else!

This is maybe an odd painting. I decided to combine a naturalistic  picture with a totally abstract part. An experiment. The two parts have totally different colors. But when I was finished I made one warm wash and one cold, made by the colors I´d used. I washed the cold part with the warm paint, and opposite. You can´t really tell, but it did tie them a bit more together.

As for the title? Last week it was actually the case. 20degrees and rain all day. I was at home working, not exotically by the sea, but still. A rare phenomenon around here.

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The family is growing

By spotogspindel | August 5, 2015


I´m out of thread! And my family is not all there yet!

Stay tuned….

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Freestyle family

By spotogspindel | August 4, 2015


I finally started working on a piece I first thought of almost a year ago. When I was experimenting with the freestyle machine embroidery on the water-soluble fabric for my textile-culture-exam, I wanted to make a new type of lace curtain. A contemporary and very personal one. So I made a big digital collage with all my family-members, and today, almost 9 months later, I finally got to start sewing it.

This is work in progress, about 1/3 of the piece. The final panel or curtain will be about 40 x 80 cm. There is a layer of teal-colored tulle between the layers of the soluble fabric, which you can´t see. It´s taking it´s own sweet time, but I am actually surprised I got this far in one day.

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By spotogspindel | August 3, 2015

I took a double Sunday this weekend, just relaxing and spending some quality-time with my art-journal. That is to say, my old art-journal, that´s been following me the past four year finally got filled to the last pages, and I made a new one.


The last two pages of my old journal. The details of my paintings are not all that great, that´s because I´m practicing painting with a large brush in a relatively small size paper. Another thing I practice is using not-realistic colors, concentrating on nuances in light & shade. (It´s funny to see the pages in even smaller size, here on the blog. All the faults and mistakes seem to pop out even more. I have to keep reminding myself that this journal is just for fun and practice – it doesn´t have to be perfect artwork!))


Detail with embroidered textile.

Onto the new book!


All the new pages waiting for creativity to be spilled out on them! All creative people have heard the phrase “the fear of the white page”. So I thought it might be a good idea to NOT have the pages white! I´ve used all sorts of different types of paper, some high-quality-watercolor paper, some gift-papers, some already painted on and left paper by my nieces and nephews. If I really want a white page, all I have to do is paint it white. No big deal.


I get so wrapped up in the process I forget to photograph while working. As with the other calendar-books, I freestyle machine-embroidered the cover.


The cover-girl. She has the basic stitches and coloring, but need more paint and details. And if nothing else, she needs a glimmer of light in her eyes!


The back-panel is made of the softest goat-leather (a leftover from a Perpleks-costume)


The first pages in the book are already painted! Grow is the theme in Illustration Friday this week, and I thought about Peter Pan. I´m doing the scenography for the show due in October, so he´s been on my mind this summer. The green painting is the background for the poster of the show.


The boy is inspired by my little nephew, who has just reached his “defiance-age”. Or let´s just say he´s practicing how strong his will is 😉

Both paintings are done with a fairly big brush… practice, practice!

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