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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Make more waves

Friday, April 11th, 2014

A commissioned picture finally ready for it´s new family!

Bah, bah, little lamb…

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

My favorite little guy and I visited the neighbors today. They have a big farm with lots of sheep. 60 lambs are already here, and another 200 are expected in the next few weeks. Anyway. My little guy was more than a little cute when we asked him if he wanted to pet the lambs, […]

Svalbard seed vault

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Norwegian: Svalbard globale frøhvelv) is a secure seedbank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) from the North Pole. Conservationist Cary Fowler, in association with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), started the vault to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The […]

Svalbard 3

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Svalbard is a small society. Yet it´s like a whole little country. You can get just about anything here, it´s very self-sufficient. That is, almost everything is imported, mainly from Norway. 2500 people living here. The main work-places are the coal-mining industry, the university with students from all over the world, public services and sales, […]

Svalbard: dogs and glaciers

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A new day, yet another adventure. This time old-style with dogs and sleighs. I was the passager, Anne the driver. We had 6 dogs pulling the sleigh, and for several hours today, this was my view: One of our dogs. Some husky, some other breeds, all used to the extreme cold. But still enjoying the […]

Svalbard – Barentsburg

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

A new day, a new adventure! I was invited along with a couple of friends to Barentsburg. It´s easiest to go there in winter by snow-scooter, it´s only about 2-3 hours from LongYearCity. Ready to take on the Arctic desert. Or space, for that matter! Barentsburg is a Russian city in Svalbard. Like LongYearCity, it´s […]

Svalbard 2

Friday, April 4th, 2014

In 2012, Svalbard had an estimated population of 2,642, of whom 439 were Russian and Ukrainian, 10 were Polish and 322 were other non-Norwegians living in Norwegian settlements. The largest non-Norwegian groups in Longyearbyen in 2005 were from Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and Germany. Svalbard is among the safest places on Earth, with virtually no crime. Maybe since the landscape is either snow-white […]


Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Taking an early morning plane, I wake up to the captain´s voice: “And as you can see, we are now approaching our destination”. Looking out the window, this is what I see: A sight for Gods! Something I´ve never seen before and that fills me with awe. It feels like I´m at the end of […]


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik (Wool factory) is just north of Mandal, not far from Lindesnes. It´s a working wool factory, but with limited production. It now serves as a living museum, where knowledge and skills is being taken care of and passed down to new generations. It started in the late 1800s, and had a real revival […]

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