Janne Robberstad

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pale pink granite

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

I made a silkscreen frame all on my own! Yes! This one´s motif is of the naked rock faces in pale, pale pink granite on the northern part of the most western/northern islands of Bømlo. After making the frame, it´s a good idea to leave it in the sunlight to fasten a bit extra. I´m […]

making a silkscreen

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The day has come! Finally I will learn how to make a silkscreen! Remember this girl? I used the same girl on my screen, quite a bit bigger than the mini wooden version, and much more precise in the lines. Unfortunately I don´t have any photos from the dark room where I had the light-sensible emulsion […]

turquoise hearts

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Sorry, the site has been down for a couple of days. And days when so much has been happening! I´ll have to post more pictures this afternoon, but for now, here are some turquoise hearts, The fabric is first dyed randomly , then bleached the hearts. The paste had turquoise in it, but it didn´t […]

two-sided dyeing

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

This is actually two experiments in one. Or maybe even three… I wanted to try dying on different fabrics. So I made a print on cotton velvet, and am really intrigued to see if the dye will soak up into the fibers, or if it will just stay as a coat on the outside. Part […]


Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Remember this photo shoot? Orgelfall´s first CD has now hit the market! I got my copy tonight, and I am proud to be part of this project! Such great and talented guys! 🙂 They asked me to make the Cd cover art, well, all the layout really, and it felt really nice to hold it […]

trial and error

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Doesn´t this look like I´m whipping up a curry for dinner, mixing spices? I´m not. I´m mixing my very own golden yellow dye. But this “muffin-batch” of resistance IS actually edible. The dye is pure color-pigment, mixed with a potato-starch-based powder mixed with water. I can use it plain white or add color to it. […]

traditional wood carving

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

We interrupt this fabric-paint-workshop post series with a little traditional wood carving! 😉 I´m staying at my uncle´s house in Bergen, and he´s been wood-carving for years now, and his house  is full of these wonderful treasures that he´s made. Wood-carving like this, with the “rose-painted” motifs, I believe is a Nordic tradition. A lot […]

mixing dye, mixing colors

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Dye-mixing-day! There´s quite a bit of chemistry and math involved in textiles, more than you might think. Very interesting. When it´s all new, learning the recipes, the names of the ingredients, it´s slightly confusing. But once I´ve actually DONE it, it sticks in a completely different way, than just by hearing it. I mixed a […]

a door silently opened

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

This fall I was officially approved as an artist by membership through Norwegian Visual Artist Association. This certainly has some advantages, one of which I wasn´t even aware of. Usually you become a member through education, passing your BFA/MFA exams. You can also work yourself up into membership by a series of commissions, exhibitions, sales, […]

wooden mosaic

Monday, March 4th, 2013

81 wooden oak blocks. 4x4x3 cm (1,6×1,6×1,3 inches) Sanded. Painted white. Printed vintage photograph (copyright Bergen Universitets billedarkiv). Each block separately printed. Took some time… Finishing touch: add color to the sky and the house.  

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