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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spinning

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Finally! I finally tried hand-spinning! Below is my teacher, Vigdis, demonstrating a Norwegian spinning wheel. She also taught us how to use a hand-spindle. It´s pretty difficult to photograph and spin at the same time, so I only have photos of the finished work, and not the process. I bought some fiber at Etsy, the […]

A knitted house

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Looking for one thing, often leads me to find something completely different. Today I found a knitted house I made about 25 years ago, while still a student. It´s about 20×30 cm. It was an interesting experiment, changing all the colors, going back and forth. I soon discovered that it would be easier to knit […]

Textiles in Bergen

Friday, November 7th, 2014

October´s textile culture gathering was in Bergen, visiting museums, galleries and other places of interest. A few photos to share some fascinating textiles with you.  First up is perhaps the most exotic one: remnants from an old viking-grave. Which means that the bits a pieces above are around one thousand years old! The next piece […]

the big book

Friday, October 17th, 2014

“I like big books, and I cannot lie… trall-la-la-la-la…” If you´ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I make my own calendar-books. This time I wanted to go up a bit in size to a 15×20 cm (ca 5×7 inches). A big, bold and beautiful girly-girl on the front cover. The back-spine […]

Naalebinding

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

A new workshop at the textile culture course, and another technique I have never tried before. Nålebinding is an old thread-binding technique, which the vikings used. So this is one of the original techniques, long before crochet and knitting. Knitting, which is popular today, didn´t become a common knowledge/skill until the 17th century. This is what […]

pirate shirt

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Today is a sewing day. I´ve designed a pirate-costume for Pippi Longstocking´s father in the show starring in November. First up is the shirt, simply because I had the fabric I needed already in my stack. Made with fine, white linen, and in a very big size. Piecing it together, trying to make the inside […]

the TOU tote bag

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Mølleparken Tau, where I now have my exhibition, is a former mill and brewery. When I first visited the place in January, I got an old paper bag, the kind they used to have flour in when I was a kid. Well, up until 20 years ago. Now others have taken over the flour-marked, and […]

National treasures – the textiles

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Continuing the National treasures-series. Here are some of the textile treasures I found this summer: An antique, paisley-patterned table-cloth made of silk and wool found it´s way to Stalheim, Norway´s largest private museum. A collector who happened to be a hotel-manager travelled around his area collecting all sorts of treasures, big and small. And even […]

bobbin lace… kinda

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Fall means back to school, and in my case that means back to the workshops at Voss. This time we got to try making bobbin lace. Oooo… it´s complicated! I really had a though time trying to understand the 3D logic of it, just by looking at how it was built up. We did have […]

This is where the heron guards

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This season´s second design in tote-bags has it´s main motif from Siggjo, the one central mountain in Bømlo. It has volcanic rock on the top, and is shaped like a volcano, but it isn´t and never has been a real volcano. The volcanic rock was pressed up from the ocean-floor thousands and thousands of years […]

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