Janne Robberstad

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Archive for May, 2014

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tube top

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Or maybe I should call it a pipe-top? Only three days to the opening show of “Kong Kødd”(/”Herding the King´s Rabbits”). This is part of one of the costumes. Made to resemble part of the set, which is all made up of plastic pipes and tubes. Tomorrow I´m off to Oslo for the final preparations.

Juanita

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Juanita is Ugland Offshore´s new vessel, and this picture is a gift from Juanita´s Godmother to the shipping company. This is the first picture I have onboard an Ugland ship and I am very honored for this commission. My hope and wish is for safe journeys for all those who work and live onboard! “Green Sea, Golden […]

And some more dyeing

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The red dye is a “sour acid dye”. I haven´t tried this technique, but the colors turned out absolutely beautiful, so it´s on my list of things-to-try. The yellow dye is reactive dye. I made a sample-set, sewing together 7 different types of natural fabrics. And putting each sample-row in each of the dye-baths. The […]

Indigo dyeing

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Indigo is one of the oldest known methods of dyeing. The oldest exambples are 6 000 years old. Above is the mineral. It needs to be grinded in a grinder into a fine powder. To make it light- and color-fast, you need to add  caustic soda and natriumhydrosulfit. Both strong etching chemicals. The procedure is […]

Natural dyeing

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Back in Voss, the theme this time is dyeing. First up is plant dyeing. Or maybe a better word actually is natural dyes? The first picture shows cochineal-lice, here dried and crushed. They´re from Latin-America and are a well-known way to make a beautiful bluish-red color. Below is a bath with birch-leaves. The wool is […]

Hedda-nomination!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

PERPLEKS is the theatre-show I designed costumes for at Rogaland Theatre this fall. And today the show has been nominated to the Hedda Prize. One in four shows of all the shows in all of Norway! We´ve even been nominated for two prizes. One is for best director: Glenn Andre Kaada (below, click on the […]

Recycled book

Friday, May 16th, 2014

A couple of years ago I got this old children´s book at a charity shop. It´s from 1962, and I´ve been meaning to recycle it. Since I am soon in need of a new calender-book, and wanted to do something a bit different, I thought this might be a good combination. The paper quality in […]

How to paint metal

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

How do you paint metal? How do you re-new old-fashioned brass candlestick-holders for instance? There are three steps, an the two first steps are really important! 1. Clean the surface completely. First remove all stains of candle wax. Then use red spirit or acetone to completely remove all hints of fat. If not, the paint […]

Naked rock faces in the kitchen

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

I´m about to launch a new summer-collection of kitchen textiles. Dish-towels are in 55% linen and 45% viscose, so it´s 100% natural fibers. Two colors: mint and light silver, both with white print. The print is new. It´s a with a motif from the naked rock faces at Slåtterøy, the most North-Western part of Bømlo. […]

Texturizing textiles

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

An easy way to add texture to a plain fabric, is simply by folding it and sew line after line with your overlock/serger sewing machine. By removing the knife, you don´t even cut in the fabric, even though it looks like it. Easy-peasy and soon-to-be a costume.

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