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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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Weaving is the topic of the day. After a brief overview of all the different techniques of ways of fastening strings of yarn together, like tying, knotting, crocheting, knitting, weaving, etc, we visited  the local weaving crafts society. This is a bridal blanket. It was carried over the bridal couples arms on the way to the church […]

Costume workshop

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

This weekend I´ve been teaching a costume workshop for a bouquet of true theatre-lovers in Rogaland. Every other year Rogaland Teaterråd hosts workshops for their members in the amateur theatre-groups in the county. In the class I had 6 lovely ladies, all costume-makers in their theatre groups. Our challenge for the weekend was to each make […]

gluing and shrinking

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Third day of the workshop and I´m ecstatic to learn a technique I´ve wondered about for over 20 years. I know it doesn´t look like much in the pictures, but you can truly make astounding pieces of art this way. It´s all about knowing a bit about the qualities or qualifications of the different fabrics […]

pale pink granite

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

I made a silkscreen frame all on my own! Yes! This one´s motif is of the naked rock faces in pale, pale pink granite on the northern part of the most western/northern islands of Bømlo. After making the frame, it´s a good idea to leave it in the sunlight to fasten a bit extra. I´m […]

making a silkscreen

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The day has come! Finally I will learn how to make a silkscreen! Remember this girl? I used the same girl on my screen, quite a bit bigger than the mini wooden version, and much more precise in the lines. Unfortunately I don´t have any photos from the dark room where I had the light-sensible emulsion […]

turquoise hearts

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Sorry, the site has been down for a couple of days. And days when so much has been happening! I´ll have to post more pictures this afternoon, but for now, here are some turquoise hearts, The fabric is first dyed randomly , then bleached the hearts. The paste had turquoise in it, but it didn´t […]

two-sided dyeing

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

This is actually two experiments in one. Or maybe even three… I wanted to try dying on different fabrics. So I made a print on cotton velvet, and am really intrigued to see if the dye will soak up into the fibers, or if it will just stay as a coat on the outside. Part […]

trial and error

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Doesn´t this look like I´m whipping up a curry for dinner, mixing spices? I´m not. I´m mixing my very own golden yellow dye. But this “muffin-batch” of resistance IS actually edible. The dye is pure color-pigment, mixed with a potato-starch-based powder mixed with water. I can use it plain white or add color to it. […]

mixing dye, mixing colors

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Dye-mixing-day! There´s quite a bit of chemistry and math involved in textiles, more than you might think. Very interesting. When it´s all new, learning the recipes, the names of the ingredients, it´s slightly confusing. But once I´ve actually DONE it, it sticks in a completely different way, than just by hearing it. I mixed a […]

a door silently opened

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

This fall I was officially approved as an artist by membership through Norwegian Visual Artist Association. This certainly has some advantages, one of which I wasn´t even aware of. Usually you become a member through education, passing your BFA/MFA exams. You can also work yourself up into membership by a series of commissions, exhibitions, sales, […]

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