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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The guides at Moster

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

It´s already been some years ago that I designed the work uniforms for the guides at Moster. Based on a late medieval silhouette, the dresses are sewn in matka silk, which is a scrap-silk, very comfortable to wear. The belts have a text from the old church-bell, and old catholic prayer of “Ave Maria…” The […]

DIY: Indian cushions

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Do you want to make your own Indian sitting cushions? Here´s how: I have a couple of old saris in my treasure-chest, and wanted to use them for something practical. Using an ordinary 45x45cm cushion, I made an equally ordinary pillow-case in the same size (actually it works better if the cad is a couple […]

Naked rock-faces bread!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Today is the big promotion-day for Anita´s newly invented Naked Rock-faces bread! She owns and runs the only delicately food shop in the district, Marinaden, and is an excellent cook. We´ve cooperated on a couple of projects before, like her website and bread bags, and this time we´ve cooked up something rather special! I made […]

The girly-girl gang

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

More girly-girls in the making. They might be wearing autumn-colors, but there´s something a bit summer-ish about them. These will probably go on Etsy  soon.


Friday, June 20th, 2014

This week I´m working on new dresses for the guides at Moster Amfi. Three new dresses and three new belts. The design is inspired by late medieval dresses, when the vikings were still around, and active at Moster. The belts have an embroidered Catholic prayer, found on the old church-bell from the 16th century. The […]

New girly-girl in the making

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Digging into my smallest scraps of fabrics; silks, laces, organzas, feathers and leathers… Looking at the back, you can see some of all the lines sewn to hold it all together: And here she is! Looking a bit majestic in that hat, I think. Actually, I´m not sure if it is a “she” or a […]

World Environment Day

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

World Environment Day is today. There are so many important areas to focus on. Greening the Blue´s slogan is Raise your voice, not the Sea Level. But since I work so much with textiles, I want to share some some facts and figures from the world of textile production. Every year, we produce around 82 million […]

And some more dyeing

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The red dye is a “sour acid dye”. I haven´t tried this technique, but the colors turned out absolutely beautiful, so it´s on my list of things-to-try. The yellow dye is reactive dye. I made a sample-set, sewing together 7 different types of natural fabrics. And putting each sample-row in each of the dye-baths. The […]

Indigo dyeing

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Indigo is one of the oldest known methods of dyeing. The oldest exambples are 6 000 years old. Above is the mineral. It needs to be grinded in a grinder into a fine powder. To make it light- and color-fast, you need to add  caustic soda and natriumhydrosulfit. Both strong etching chemicals. The procedure is […]

Natural dyeing

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Back in Voss, the theme this time is dyeing. First up is plant dyeing. Or maybe a better word actually is natural dyes? The first picture shows cochineal-lice, here dried and crushed. They´re from Latin-America and are a well-known way to make a beautiful bluish-red color. Below is a bath with birch-leaves. The wool is […]

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