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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photoshoot at the museum

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

It´s still three months till the opening of my exhibition, but man! Time flies!!! There is so much left to do! Today we did get to tick one of the boxes though. We had a photo-shoot at the museum, to have pictures for the poster. I had excellent help from Helen (photos) and Miriam (styling). […]


Friday, January 29th, 2016

You may have heard of the traditional Norwegian bunad or folk costume. It is a costume used for special occasions, our independence day, weddings, maybe Christmas and other big days. Alongside the bunad, there is the knitting tradition, with all it´s patterned jackets and sweaters. The tradition is equally long, and sometimes they overlap (like […]

Freestyle machine embroidered drawing

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

(Oh no, now I see a spelling mistake!) This is the first in my brand new series of How-To books. Actually it´s a free fantasy type of log-book for my drawing-exam. I chose to draw with a sewing thread via a sewing machine. So of course the whole book had to be textile. I wanted […]

Keep calm

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

This is  my favorite of all the Keep Calm and Carry On-versions I´ve seen. (I love a good pun) I am now in the inning of my exams, trying to get everything done by Monday. This little thing is part of a freestyle machine embroidery manual. Sewn of course. I´ll show you more when I´m […]

Pieta and sewing details

Friday, December 11th, 2015

One of this years theatrical highlights is Pieta at Haugesund Teater. Sitting in the audience of the opening night Thursday I was completely engulfed in Marie´s 90 minute long monologue. Funny, sad, frivolous, serious, food for thought… this story had it all. A brilliant script and a brilliant actor conveying the story. And the sewing? Well, […]

A World of glass and sew on

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

I went to experience Terje Isungset and Arve Henriksen´s magical concert last night: World of glass. Without a doubt, one of this years absolute esthetical highlights! All the instruments were made of glass by Estonian glassblowers. The music is so visual! Not only all the instruments, bathed in a cold blue light, but the music itself. […]

How to catch a mermaid

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

… by using a fish net made from silk sewn together by gold thread! This is an exert of a bigger piece.

The new lace curtain

Monday, September 7th, 2015

The family lace panel is finally finished! It is ca 40x80cm  and took about 1800 meters of thread. Above you can see the embroidery all done, and below, I´ve used water to remove the soluble fabric. I´ve used a sea-green tulle between the layers of soluble fabric, to make sure the stitches stay where they […]

more family lace

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Days are long and busy and interesting. Today I´m finally back working on the big family lace portrait. Once it´s all done the water-soluable fabric will be removed, and the lace will appear.

Negative – positive

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

I´m back working with lace and freestyle machine embroidery again. This time, I´m experimenting with the contrasts of a negative vs a positive image. As in old-fashioned photo-film. I embroidered this face with white silk thread on white silk organza and white tulle. You can certainly see the shapes and you understand that it´s a […]

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