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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Lights and leaves

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

So a pretty crazy thing happened today. I was asked by someone in the technical department in the municipally to have a look at a stage-curtain, to see if it could be fixed. Turns out the municipal is restoring the old stage in the “town hall”. They were about to throw away a whole lot […]

Nature boy fabric

Monday, August 8th, 2016

I would like Peter Pan´s costume to reflect his attachment to nature. In the original story, the author writes how each of the lost boys live in a tree, especially adapted to them. And if they couldn´t find a tree that fit, the boy had to change his shape to fit! Peter Pan is often portrayed […]

a pirate´s kilt

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Today´s production is a woolen kilt for Mr Smee (Captain Hook´s right hand… no pun intended) It´s ready sewn, but will need some distressing to make it look like he´s been in a fight or two. Distressing in this case is actually quite a job. The fabric is high-quality wool, twill-woven, from Scotland. The actual […]

leather neckpiece

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

One of the pirates will have a leather neck-piece. I don´t know what else to call it. A collar? A necklace? A very short poncho?? 🙂 Inspired by a something I found on Pinterest and Sleeping Beauty´s evil step-mother, I sat down with paper, pencil, measuring tape and an eraser. I really like making patterns, […]

leather armor top, part 1

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Peter Pan meets lots of pirate in Neverland. One of them is Smee, Captain Hook´s boatswain. Smee is a scary, fighting pirate, and he needs a flexible armor for protection. (Good thing I went leather-shopping yesterday!) I made a pattern for an armor to cover part of his chest and stomach and cut two pieces […]

the frog-leather vest

Monday, August 1st, 2016

I got a big package filled with silk leaves in the mail today. Which means I could finish the vest for Peter Pan´s costume. More or less. It´s always a bit scary finishing a piece of clothing, not having been able to try it on the wearer. So let´s say it´s more or less finished. […]

frog frock

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

It´s been such a long time since the last time I posted, you´d think I´d taken time off for the summer! In many ways, I guess that is true. Visits from friends and family, a few smaller trips here and there, days of sun and days of rain. But also days of working. The past […]

The silk-rabbit vest

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The vest is made with a big rabbit-fur vest I bought at a charity-shop. It smelled like an ashtray, so I put a lot of effort into removing the stench. First, I tried my ozone-cabinet, without any effect (Which is the first time!) Then I had it on a hanger in a dry-cleaner plastic bag, […]

Leather belt

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

My new red leather belt! Sewn from a piece of leather I got at a charity-shop. I found inspiration on Pinterest and made a pattern that resembled the original. It is shaped so that it glides over itself, and is therefor adjustable to several sizes. It ties around itself, and  into a buckle in the […]

Silk belt

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

My green belt is sewn in silk brocade, a piece I bought when I was in China years ago. The color is more like in the last photo, a lovely olive green. I wish I could tell you that I made a pattern for this, but I just winged it as I went along. The inside […]

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