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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Christmas fun 2014

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Happy Christmas to you all! Since the eve has come and gone, and presents are given and received, I guess I can safely share a couple of the gifts I made. Our oldest girl wished for sofa-cushions, pale with silver stars on them. She had seen them in a magazine, but couldn´t find them in any […]

recycled pillow

Monday, December 15th, 2014

From table to couch. I found this old handwoven tablecloth in a charity-shop a while back, and have been wanting to make a little pillow for my couch. I found the perfect inner-pillow with feathers, and it was quick to se it together along the sides in the back, turn it, and sew together the […]

The lacy underwear

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

What is this, you say? Lacy underwear? Where? All I can see are two men! Two men? What are they doing here? No, there are more! Many more! Freestyle machine-embroidered faces. Some with beards, some with glasses, some with mustaches, some bald, all men. Why, it´s a bra! From a distance it may look like your […]


Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Gimme, gimme, gimme… a man after midnight! (quote: Abba) Hopefully you can see that it´s men here. But you´ll never guess exactly what I´m making!?!

staying focused

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Working hard with my Textile culture project. Staying focused. Experimenting. Producing. Thinking. Writing. Evaluating.

embroidery experiment

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Time is not just used for pre-Christmas workshops. I´ve also been busy trying to work with my Textile Culture paper. The subject is self-choosen, and I´ve chosen to work with freestyle machine-embroidery on water soluble fabric.   Freestyling within the embroidery frame.   It´s always fascinating to see how the fabric dissolves itself in water.   […]


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 […]

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