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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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

I am so excited! My friend and colleague Katrine taught me how to raku-fire pottery today. It´s something I´ve been wanting to learn for ages. And finally we found a day when we could get it done. Lucky for me, Katrine also took some photos, so now I can show you at least part of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

lyed oak

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

I am not even sure if “lyed” is a word. You might have to gel me on that. Anyway. You know how all techniques have their “don´t-do-this-or-you´ll-ruin-the-whole-thing”-rules? Many a good art-by-accident has occurred by defying these rules. Using bleach on dark fabrics for instance can make beautiful and powerful images. Today I wanted to try […]

Penny Penguin

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Penny the Penguin was born yesterday. Or conceived, I don´t know which is better. And tonight she´s finished. Another freehand machine embroidery Polar animal. This time the South pole. Adding pieces of fabric and tulle onto stiffened, black velvet. She´s about 20×23 cm (8×9 inches). A million stitches later…. And Penny is here! Her eye […]

Polar bear

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I´m working on a textile picture today. A portrait of a polar bear. A bit of application, but mainly freehand machine embroidery. I don´t have a fancy machine that can be programmed to do this, so every stitch is hand-guided. Handmade is what makes it art! I´m using a solid wool fabric, which I´ve stiffened […]

taking up ceramics again

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

I´ve had the best evening! Four hours of playing around in the ceramic-department at the teacher´s college with my colleague Kathrine. I say playing around because it must be a decade or so since I last made anything in ceramics. But of course I am on a mission! I want to make some wall-hangings. And […]

oil-painting experiments

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I´m used to working with acrylics and watercolor, both paints that dry fast. Having just bought some oil-paints to experiment with, is both fun and challenging. The biggest difference of course is the long drying time. I guess that is both the advantage and the disadvantage with the oils. It means that there is a […]

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