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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Elisabeth´s book

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Elisabeth is ny now 2 months old niece, and Sunday is her christening. Like for all my other nieces and nephews, I am making her a “Welcome-to-life!”-book. Everyone in the immediate family contributes in filling it with wishes and thoughts. The cover is a freestyle machine-embroidered appliquéd girly-girl sewn onto leather. Hopefully it will be […]

book covers

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

A new year, a new book. A new book, new covers. Since I make my books like an accordion, I need two covers, that way there is no front or back, just two fronts. I wanted to make something slightly different this time, combining freestyle sewing and painting. I made a girl dressed up with […]

New book… again

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Time for a new calendar-book. I guess I should make them big enough to last a whole year, but partly it´s way to fun to make a new book, and partly making them twice the size they already are… I don´t know if they´d fit i my purse! Here´s the cover. The cotton velvet background […]

A new year, a new calendar-book

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

A new year has started, time for a fresh start in a new calendar-book. This time I wanted to try something a little different. The past years I´ve made my books from scratch, but this time I wanted the cover to be a recycled book cover. I do find some nice old books at the […]


Friday, July 13th, 2012

My collection of new mini-book-pendants is coming along. Lots of new colors, both in the skin/leather and on the pages. The leather used is fish-skin. Some salmon, some Nile-carp. (So not from around here ) The surface is very rough on some, on others very smooth, almost like a glazed surface. It all depends on […]

lazy days

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The morning haze, 180 degree view from the boathouse: In between all the boating, I´ve been working on book-binding. A new range of mini book-pendants are on their way in a myriad of colors: Hopefully I´ll have some of them ready within a few days.

Welcome to the world book 2

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Step 1: paint the cover-fabric with fabric paint Step 2: let it dry, and iron to seal the fabric paint Step 3: “draw” a freestyle face with the sewing machine Step 4: add hair, hat, and dress with applique and more freestyle machine embroidery Step 5: add color to the face and glue down onto […]

Welcome to the world!-book

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I´ve made it a tradition to make a Welcome to the World! -book to each of my nieces, nephews and God-children. This weekend two more are being baptized, and two more books need to be made. I make the outside, and bind the book, but the whole family contributes to the inside content. Each family-member […]

Pendant snake-skin booklet

Monday, April 16th, 2012

I made a new couple (ok, 7-8) of miniature books. One with shiny, red snakeskin, and one with matte, dark blue salmon-skin, to sell in my Etsy-shop. So if you want one, now´s your chance! The inside of the skin, with glued down cardboard. I use acid-free book-binding glue. Each booklet has 22 pages, made […]

Arting at Michelle´s day 1

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The day´s adventure started in Alberta street. Meeting a bunch of other artists, some coming to Artfest, others not, but all met up at Collage, the art-store in the artsy part of Portland. Lunch with the arting-ladies! At the best home-made French food restaurant in Alberta. Portland is known as the greenest city in the […]

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