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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Poster art-exhibition

By spotogspindel | September 29, 2014


A new art-exhibition is on it´s way in Bømlo Art Group, and as usual I made the poster. This time the artists are Helene Nielsen and Norunn Fresvig. It´s looks quite intriguing, don´t you think? The art, I mean.

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painting with the coolest kids

By spotogspindel | September 29, 2014

Painting with my niece and nephew, who just happens to be two of the coolest kids I know!_MG_9686

It looked so much fun, that when I got back home, I started my own painting-project: my new calendar-book. This time a little different again. Making all the pages separately first, then sewing them together, first in bundles, and finally as a book. But I haven´t gotten that far yet. _MG_9700

Saturday night, after I´de been out, just doodling a little bit, and all of a sudden it´s 2:30 in the morning! “Just-for-fun”-painting can do that to you! So you´d better be careful, and consider sports instead ;-)

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By spotogspindel | September 27, 2014

A new workshop at the textile culture course, and another technique I have never tried before.

Nålebinding is an old thread-binding technique, which the vikings used. So this is one of the original techniques, long before crochet and knitting. Knitting, which is popular today, didn´t become a common knowledge/skill until the 17th century. This is what nålebinding looks like:


And here am I trying to figure it out. There are some good how-to-videos on YouTube.


This is the best I could do in an hour, to make a little string. Puh! Someday I´ll have to learn how to put it together, and make flat fabric of it. Someday. Good thing I´m not a viking, and my life depends on this…


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printing workshop

By spotogspindel | September 25, 2014

One of the fun projects that will go throughout the year, is visiting a arts and crafts class at one of the local schools. It will only be a short visit in each of the 4 groups during the year, where I show and tell a bit about printing.


I notice that I am used to longer periods of concentrated work! It´s incredible how fast 90 minutes pass by!


A few of my samples. I wish we could´ve done more in the time, but the students will continue with their teacher, and I do get to see the result when they´re done in a months time.

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pirate shirt

By spotogspindel | September 23, 2014

Today is a sewing day. I´ve designed a pirate-costume for Pippi Longstocking´s father in the show starring in November.


First up is the shirt, simply because I had the fabric I needed already in my stack. Made with fine, white linen, and in a very big size.


Piecing it together, trying to make the inside look as good as the outside.


My students know that I don´t waste time on excessive use go pins. But sometimes it really is needed!


The shirt almost finished. It needs to be tried on, and the buttons on the arms adjusted.


A detail from the back and shoulder. The pattern is my own, and based loosely on an early 19th century fashion.

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Familylife exhibition in Aalesund

By spotogspindel | September 22, 2014


The Family-life exhibition opened at Sunnmøre Museum in Ålesund September 14th. Tone Anda, the museum-curator, has made the most wonderful display!


By adding tables filled with everyday things from the 50s and 60s, it´s a trip down memory-lane. It adds so much to the pictures, when they are placed into a whole of cultural history!


For the opening, Frode Pilskog, the museum´s lighthouse expert, talked about life in the light-houses, both the small, everyday life and in the much bigger picture, as an important part of a nation´s marine industry.


If you live near Ålesund, you are most welcome to visit the museum and the exhibition. It will be there until the end of October.

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The idea-process illustrated

By spotogspindel | September 22, 2014

Task at hand: Make a bird-house. Decorate it. Be creative. 

The bird-house will be part of an art-project, but it will be placed in the woods and inhabited by real birds. Everyone in the art-gurilia-group is making one each. To be honest: I asked my Dad to build the birdhouse for me. He´s got more tools. And time. And a kind heart. (Thank you, Dad!)


So here is the bird-house. With a little machine-embroidered bird, just to illustrate. It is my task to decorate it. And I thought I´d share part of my idea-process with you. I have already decided that I want to have a textile approach to it. Mainly because textile is my original field, but also because you don´t see all that many textile bird-houses out in the woods. So here are “mood-board” examples of some ideas:


The romantic, doily-house for the doily-chick!


An exotic silk-sari house for the Bollywood-bird!


A glittering disco-cave for the disco-queen…. (ups. this isn´t textile! But in the first phase I am open to all ideas that pop up.)


A knitted exterior for frozen feathers. I´d prefer wool of course, but I´d have to see what I could find in my stuff and reuse.


An embroidered estate for the eclectic  bird. (This is a good idea, as it will give a hint of an upcoming exhibition still in my mind, but I need as much as possible of the embroidered pieces or that project)


Hola! A happy home for Latin-American chiquitas.

What do you think? You´ve got any favorites? Or any other ideas? Please let me know, I am open for both ideas and suggestions.

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By spotogspindel | September 21, 2014

This has been my weekend:


Unpacking a truckload (literary) of costumes and props for Pippi Longstocking. The show will premiere November 1st, and I´m helping out with the costumes. So this weekend, we´ve been trying on the rented costumes, trying to find something that fits for all the young actors.

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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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