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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Tales of the strange & unusual: sea silk

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Reading for the Textile culture-class, I came across something I´ve never heard of before: sea silk. Sea silk is an extremely fine, rare, and valuable fabric that is made from the long silky filaments orbyssus secreted by a gland in the foot of pen shells (in particular Pinna nobilis). The byssus is used by the clam to attach itself to […]

Cancun beach dream

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

A mini-planet picture. This one is from Cancun, Mexico. It´s a nice little planet, isn´t it? Even though it´s after dark, there´s still a lot of warmth, just like it was that night. Just back from Svalbard, it´s time to start make plans for the next trip.

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 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 […]


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 […]


Friday, March 21st, 2014

Weaving is the topic of the day. After a brief overview of all the different techniques of ways of fastening strings of yarn together, like tying, knotting, crocheting, knitting, weaving, etc, we visited  the local weaving crafts society. This is a bridal blanket. It was carried over the bridal couples arms on the way to the church […]

This, that, and the other

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

  The opening night for “Rederinnene” (The Shipowners) is coming closer, and this week one of my tasks has been to work with the costumes for the show. I´ve adapted some of them and made a couple of aprons. The show itself is going to be be very interesting: two young ladies who worked their […]

Flowers in Paris

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

This week´s adventure includes making a Parisian flower-stand, overflowing with beautiful flowers, sold at a fraction of the normal price. Why? AirFrance is promoting their new direct flight from Stavanger to Paris. And what is better than springtime in Paris? Even Ella Fitzgerald sings about it: “I love Paris in the springtime”. I just had […]

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