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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Quote of the day

By spotogspindel | December 16, 2017

To be playful and serious at the same time is possible, and it defines the ideal mental condition.

John Dewey, 1916

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Moon Village – world premiere!

By spotogspindel | December 15, 2017

Click on the poster, and it will take you directly to the link showing the 2017 Global Science Opera: Moon Village!

27(!) countries are involved this year.

I was in the TV Haugaland studio, helping with the coordinating of the live-streaming from Australia, Brazil, England, Wales and Greece. And of course, the live-performance from Norway by four young girls who joined us in the studio.

Below is Tor Håkon, the TV-technical wizard and my partner-in-crime this day.


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Händel´s Messiah

By spotogspindel | December 4, 2017

It´s not my traditional artistic expression, but since the blog is also inspirational, I wanted to add a post on my latest adventure. It´s been on my bucket-list for over 30 years! To join a choir and sing Händel´s Messiah. And of course the Hallelujah-choir is the highlight. It is been a favorite of mine since I first heard it as a child, I think.

I´ve sung in choirs for years, albeit it´s been a while. And I´ve always been a soprano. But the soprano-voices in this piece are for extreme practitioners! It´s been a race against time to train my voice back up to the proper heights (to actually be able to sing it).

With the addition of 14 musicians from Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and 4 excellent soloists, we had two concerts over the weekend. When we finally came to the Hallelujah, I almost choked up and couldn´t sing at all, because I was thinking “This is it! This is my dream coming true!” But then I swallowed the tears and smiled and sang with 30 years of bottled up joy! 😀

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By spotogspindel | November 30, 2017

Currently I am working on my upcoming exhibition. In March, Ida Fugli, Sara Birgitte Øfsti and I will be responsible for the Women´s day exhibition in Stord Kunstlag. We´ve named the exhibition “Undress my Ego” and working with our own ambivalent relationship towards clothes. Below is one of my pieces, which I finished today. It´s my version of an incarnation of the “Black belt in shopping”. As you can see, a number of credit-cards made the ultimate sacrifice for art´s sake.

On another note, we are entering The #1 Shopping Season! I know everyone can´t or have the time to make presents, but everyone can think of maybe giving an experience as a gift, rather than a useless thing. Unless the receiver needs that thing, of course. But so many gifts are “more stuff”. Why not consider a ticket or two to the movies including offering to baby-sit? My friend has been hand-knitting gifts all fall, preparing for Christmas. No matter, Christmas is, despite all the “have-to-do´s”, still a season of friendship, good relationships, fun and joy. As we are entering this busy month, I for one need to remind myself to BUY less and BE more. Want to join me?


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Photo-shoot in the studio

By spotogspindel | November 12, 2017

A very creative friend of mine is recording a couple of his own songs, and asked me to come along to the studio and take some photos. In itself a fin task, but with the additional plus of being really interesting! The drums and percussion are the only instruments, except song, that is being recorded with sound. All the other instruments are played, and the sound goes via chords. This is logical, but it makes the studio-visit sort of surreal. A LOT of sound from the drums, and then everyone else apparently just miming. 🙂

I did hear some of the recordings along the way, and it sounds REALLY good!


Kurt Lisø, Jan Ove Morlandstø, Carl Øyvind Apeland, Hans Olav Molde and Brynjar Stautland at Studio Ø.


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Family life exhibition at Raelingen Art group

By spotogspindel | November 7, 2017

The poster, made by Raelingen art group, presenting the exhibition. Their venue is a lovely cabin in the forrest. Or rather a small house from the 17t century, with original timer walls. What an atmospheric place to show my Family-life pictures!

The best treat ever: a dozen of my dear old friends from Ten Sing Norway came to see the exhibition on the last day. We´d had a whole weekend of a reunion. 30 years! Can you believe it! 30 years since we travelled to England and volunteered for the YMCA for a whole year, by promoting Ten Sing.

One of my pictures was also used to present an art-seminar “Can the curator be cured?” I would of wished to attend with such an intriguing title, but alas, I was on the other side of the country.


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Ronia Diamond

By spotogspindel | November 7, 2017

Ronia Diamond is owned by the fishing company SølvTrans, and it is their latest fishing-boat. And they obviously take good care of their employees, wanting them to feel at home onboard.

In the lounge you are immediately greeted by this big wall-paper-sized picture from the islands. It is actually the same as on the last vessel, Ronja Ocean, according to the owner´s wish.

Another two pictures from sunny days out in the islands. Swimming, sun-bathing, fishing… good memories.

Here are the originals:

“Fair weather islands”, 80×100 cm.

“Summer´s serenity”, 100×120 cm.

In the mess, two other pictures decorate the wall, also summer motifs.

The green, steep slope”, 80×100 cm.

“Right around the corner”, 80×100 cm.

Good luck to Ronia Diamond and Sølvtrans!




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The Messias-poster

By spotogspindel | November 1, 2017

I made the art, but not the lay-out for this poster. And in doing so, I was informed of the upcoming concert with Händel´s Messias. It´s been a life-long dream to sing this classical piece. It´s actually on my bucket-list. So I simply couldn´t let this opportunity pass me by 🙂 I´ve never sung classical before, and I´ve only attended two rehearsals. Man, it´s a real workout for the voice!

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Backstage life

By spotogspindel | October 27, 2017

Today I´m sharing a few photos from my Spindelmaker Instagram-account, showing what the the theatre looks like when you´re working backstage. Personally I have several functions in Haugesund Teater´s staging of Jesus Christ Superstar. I´m the props-manager, the dresser and part of the technical stage-crew. What the audience sees is the magic that happens on stage. To me, the true magic is what goes on behind the scenes, backstage, to make what happens ON stage appear magical.

No musical without lights and sound!

The audience…

Costume, hair and make-up change in 30 seconds or so

The technical stage manager knows EVERYTHING and reminds us all where and what to do when.

The stage seen from above.

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Spindelmaker on Instagram

By spotogspindel | October 26, 2017

Days are full and filled with interesting things going on in my world. Due to practical reasons, I have been less active on my own blog and more active on my Spindelmaker Instagram account. If you are interested in little glimpses into my world, find me there 🙂


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