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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Painting with kids

By spotogspindel | December 19, 2014

The annual paint-a-gift-for-Dad-workshop was yesterday. This is Edvard´s 3. annual picture, and he wanted to paint with a brush, and not at all with his fingers. I was quite impressed with how clean and neat he was, didn´t get a smear of paint on himself!  He also painted a tree-baulb for me, which is now a treasured ornament on my tree <3


Baby Elisabeth had two firsts yesterday. She´s 10 months now, and loved putting her hand in the paint and seeing what happened when she put her hand on the canvas. Her second first was getting a caramel lollypop. Nobody – NOBODY – could take that away from her! :-D


One helpful and creative parent (my sister) and guest Rebecca also made some beautiful things.


Here are their finished paintings, both 20×20 cm, acrylic on canvas.


You think Dad is gonna be happy?! ;-)


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marquee move

By spotogspindel | December 17, 2014


The marquee letters are done! The students who made them are leaving for their holiday, and we gathered them all up and moved them to the theatre. January 2nd we start putting it all together. Exciting times ahead! But first a couple of weeks filled with familiy, friends, food and Christmas. :-)

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a green Christmas

By spotogspindel | December 15, 2014

We´ve been a quick couple of days to London, to help our youngest girl move back home to Norway. Two days of fun, followed by a really early morning with 7 suitcases, 2 bags, 2 nets and 2 big purses. Phew! It was good to be there, and good to get home! (London is always a treat!)


And the very next day, the whole family went to Tysnes to get our Christmas trees. In the traditional west-coast pouring rain! Yes, I do believe it´s going to be a green Christmas. Luckily Santa showed up this year too, as always, in the barn, waiting for his porridge and handing out candy to the kids.


The girls are coming tomorrow, so we thought we´d get things ready for them. It´ll be another couple of good days with present-making and cake-baking and other preChristmas activities. And while we were at it, all of a sudden, the Christmas tree was in, and decorated! It doesn´t really look all that much, but it is kind of a nice tree. And as always, it makes me so happy just looking at the tree. Hanging all the ornaments from dear friends, and souvenirs from places I´ve been. It´s a trip down memory lane every single year. Loving it! :-)


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recycled pillow

By spotogspindel | December 15, 2014


From table to couch. I found this old handwoven tablecloth in a charity-shop a while back, and have been wanting to make a little pillow for my couch. I found the perfect inner-pillow with feathers, and it was quick to se it together along the sides in the back, turn it, and sew together the sides. I made sure the seam was in the middle on the back, so the main motif would be centered in front. The muted colors in the wool make it look really nice against the brown leather in the couch. Recycling and reupholstering is a good way to renew ones interior!

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concertina photoalbum

By spotogspindel | December 8, 2014

I´m back at prop-making again. Tonight it´s a small one. A fake vintage concertina photo-album. _MG_1062

The cover made of leather, with two hearts carved into it (cut and sewn). And the inside filled with luscious sailors. All of Frenchy´s sweethearts. Frenchy in Grease, that is. :-)


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The lacy underwear

By spotogspindel | December 7, 2014

What is this, you say? Lacy underwear? Where? All I can see are two men! Two men? What are they doing here?


No, there are more! Many more!


Freestyle machine-embroidered faces. Some with beards, some with glasses, some with mustaches, some bald, all men.


Why, it´s a bra! From a distance it may look like your ordinary black, lace bra. But up close you see all the male faces. They´ve all been embroidered freestyle on water-soluble fabric, pieced together into this delicate piece of underwear.


Even the straps are all male faces, one on top of the other.


What are all the men doing on a piece of female underwear, you ask? Well. My initial question was: who is all this so called sexy underwear for? Is it primarily a practical clothing for the wearer, or is it first and foremost a temptation for the admirers of the wearer? (I guess you can tell what my answer would be!)


Making lace by working with freestyle machine embroidery on water-soluble fabric was the self-chosen theme at the Textile Culture course. This undergarment is the final project in my experimentation, and also my exam.

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Grease – kick-off

By spotogspindel | December 6, 2014


Time flies! It´s already been almost a week since the GREASE kickoff on Monday! Such a great gang I´ll be working with the next couple of months! This is from the first read-through. I´ve spent the week finding props and sorting costumes.

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By spotogspindel | November 29, 2014

Gimme, gimme, gimme… a man after midnight! (quote: Abba)


Hopefully you can see that it´s men here. But you´ll never guess exactly what I´m making!?! ;-)

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staying focused

By spotogspindel | November 27, 2014


Working hard with my Textile culture project. Staying focused. Experimenting. Producing. Thinking. Writing. Evaluating.

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embroidery experiment

By spotogspindel | November 22, 2014

Time is not just used for pre-Christmas workshops. I´ve also been busy trying to work with my Textile Culture paper. The subject is self-choosen, and I´ve chosen to work with freestyle machine-embroidery on water soluble fabric.



Freestyling within the embroidery frame.



It´s always fascinating to see how the fabric dissolves itself in water.



Trying out different qualities of thread.


And a little sample.

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