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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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 […]


Friday, August 21st, 2015

School starts on Monday! I´m gonna be a student again! Yikes! Better get my new calendar-book ready, so I have somewhere to write down all I have to remember! She´s almost as pale as I am, pale with fear and excitement! She needs some more color, I need to just dive into it! Tell you […]

Posh-ish guerilla

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

At the edge of summer, and I´m sewing away! Another guerilla-embroidery piece is done. I did not make all of this! Just the lettering. It was an unfinished piece I found in a charity-shop a couple of years ago, and I knew I wanted to make something with it, just not what…   The embroidery […]

Posters and plans

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Fall is just around the corner, and plans are being made. Our culture-house is celebrating it´s 10th anniversary, and the Art group is helping with activities like a photo-workshop and a Family-day making  little wooden boats. Both things are happening in October, but since I am the poster-person, here they are: Information about the activities in […]


Monday, August 10th, 2015

I am trying to explore different options, different techniques and different expressions before the big embroidery exhibition next summer. One thing that´s been quite common around here, a generation or two ago, are these embroidered wall-hangings. Some of them have a saying from the Bible, and other, like this one, welcomes you into the home. […]

The family is growing

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

I´m out of thread! And my family is not all there yet! Stay tuned….

Freestyle family

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

I finally started working on a piece I first thought of almost a year ago. When I was experimenting with the freestyle machine embroidery on the water-soluble fabric for my textile-culture-exam, I wanted to make a new type of lace curtain. A contemporary and very personal one. So I made a big digital collage with […]

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