Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as an eco-designer, an artist, as a teacher and as a researcher, 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 exhibition at Osteroy

By spotogspindel | October 26, 2020

Information about the 6 000 000 STING (stitches) exhibition is on Osteroy museums´webpage

“Are you sure this is where you lost the car-keys?”


Women´s work, women´s world.

New embroidery in ancient logged house.

Sign o´ the times…

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By spotogspindel | October 18, 2020

I´ve been involved in Rivers.global since the start (although I am on a break now), and firmly believe in thier effort towards make the oceans cleaner and less polluted. They want to do this by gathering much of the plastic litter in the rivers before it reaches the sea. Finally they have a river-cleaner in the making. Still a small NGO, they need all the support they can get, so please check out their website, follow them on Facebook or Instagram. And if you like what you see, there is very affordable member-fee.

This years national charity-event is focused around reducing ocean-plastic. The main charity that will be supported will be the World Wildlife Fund. However, Rivers.global is a good alternative if you for some reason don´t agree with everything the WWF stands for.


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By spotogspindel | October 1, 2020

My modest and polite embroidered encouragement for all eligible to vote at the US-election. It is a stylized self-portrait, inspired by Obama´s old “We can do it!”-poster.

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And then what happened?

By spotogspindel | October 1, 2020

A newly-made oxidised copped and – brass metall collage, inspired by Neil Gaiman.

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How can we make theatre more sustainable?

By spotogspindel | September 28, 2020

Now, that is the million-dollar-question! How to make theatre more sustainable?

In my master-thesis I made a model, a suggestion to an approach of how it can be improved at least in every department in every phase of a production. This fall I will be able to test it out in practice in collaboration with Bømlo Teater. They are staging a pandemic-friendly, social-distancing version of “Jul i Svingen” (Christmas at Svingen), and together with the production-team and the artistic-team, we will put it to the test!

We+ve already started with a bit of theory, where I present the model itself, how it is intended to work, why we should think about sustainability in theatre, and what we should be thinking about and questioning when we are planning and creating.

A good group of eight were present at the first meet-up, later we will be even more people. It is a very interesting opportunity that I am very grateful for! Hopefully we will find the problem-areas, so I can further improve the model for real-life!

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A story-telling backdrop

By spotogspindel | September 28, 2020

Earlier this summer, a story-telling group contacted me regarding a backdrop for their upcoming tour where they present classic literature through storytelling in their show simply called “3 stories”. I found a picture in my archive that hadn´t been used yet, and they printed it on a big tour-friendly  fabric (with foldable frames). There are three tellers and three stories, and three backdrops, though the backdrops all have the same picture. The top three pictures show Tjodun Felland in the middle of communicating her story. The bottom picture is the original. As you can see, the landscape is classic west-coast islands and horizon. In a way the backdrop tells its own stories, but hopefully without taking the attention away from the story-tellers.

“3 stories” are currently on tour in the Northern part of Norway, visiting middle-high schools.

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6000000 STING exhibition 2020

By spotogspindel | September 23, 2020

I am so happy and grateful that my embroidery-exhibition is once again about to hit the road. This time it will travel to Osterøy Museum.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 20 people are allowed inside simultaneously, but the exhibition is open for two weeks and is part of “The Wool-weeks”, with several other inspiring exhibitions at this and other neighbouring museums.

I am in the process of making a few new pieces. Partly to keep it contemporary. But maybe more because I have some comments on the state of the world. And expressing it through such a soft-spoken craft might emphasise the message. Who knows? I´ll share it with you as I finish them


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By spotogspindel | September 15, 2020

It´s been a trying year. I am usually an optimist, but this year has put things to the test sometimes when things just seem to be falling apart. A friend of mine wrote the other day: 2020 – the year that keeps on taking…

So if 2020 had a logo, this would be it. It will be part of the STING-exhibition in Osterøy Museum in October.


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Art on the moon

By spotogspindel | August 28, 2020

What a weird title you might think.

But it is absolutely true! At least it will be in a couple of years.

This image is from @euromoonmars and it contains 100 artpieces that will actually go to the moon! Each square artpiece is 1 x 1 x 1 cm, so totally it will be a cube of 10 square cm, all arranged by the European Space Agency.
The #globalscienceopera is in one of these blocks. The 2017 opera #moonvillage is copied onto a mini-memory-card and inserted into felted wool (which is naturally anti-static and fire-resistant). If I haven’t already told you, I am the production manager for the Global Science Opera. Can you begin to imagine how proud I am of this project? Of the affect it has on transdisciplinary education, of the artistic contributions from students all over the world? Which makes it extra cool to send it to the moon. Hundreds of kids created a story about the colonization of the moon, of children attending school there.

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By spotogspindel | August 27, 2020

Much of this summer has been in the name of self-sustainment. With the pandemic restricting our social contacts and travels, we have instead tried to focus on other important values. Growing our own food, forresting, faming, etc.

I have become relatively good at baking breads, but I have still so much to learn about how to make food, and especially how to grow it!

Well, for the first time in years I managed to pick blueberries before it was too late! (Somehow I always seem to miss them, despite good intentions). So this year, I´ve made blueberry-jam from self-picked wild blueberries (they taste so much more than the store-bought ones!)

I also went raspberry-picking around the house (and especially in our neighbors garden) every second day, and must have gotten 15 kilos at least! Some is made into jam, some will become liquor.

For the first time ever, I managed to grow cucumbers! So far I´ve had four, so maybe not too many, but they taste divine!

Carrots… well, you can´t win them all! But now at least we know a bit more about what not to do, and next year I am sure they will be much bigger 😀

Actually, I don´t have a photo of the ruccola, the peppery-salad was quite a success, but I think we ate it all before taking any photos.

Rhubarb! Super-yum! I got not only all the plants, but part of the root from my other neighbour. These are made into liquor (its mainly for Christmas-gifts, I don´t drink that much myself), and some is frozen, so I can make warm puddings when the winter-cold sets in.

And the biggest project of them all: potatoes!

Together with four other friends, we made a little first-timer potato-cooperative!

My uncle who owns a farm, graciously is lending us some of the land, and we had a super day getting the potatoes in the ground. He+s been helpful with all his knowledge as well, we are learning a lot from him!

We´ve been back to nourish and weed, and we are all very excited to see what is hiding underground now a hundred days later…

I think this is a very good way towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Learning about nature, its gifts, harvesting them and making use of them. Truly understanding that food comes from nature, not the store. And it doesn´t take much extra effort. Of course not everyone can have a bit potato-field like we do, but there are several plants you can grow even inside in a small flat. Like the cucumbers. Or tomatoes. Being able to make food from self-grown food, knowing that they are pesticide-free, learning basic recipes, it not only makes me healthier, but also happier.

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