Janne Robberstad

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moving in and breaking down

By spotogspindel | April 25, 2011

You know how a big, white canvas can be quite intimidating for an artist. The fear of the big white! You know you have to fill it, but where do you start`What if you do something wrong? Will you ruin the whole picture? When I paint, I only get comfortable with the painting after there´s hardly any white left on the canvas. (Luckily Brian Wallace thought me the trick of completely washing the canvas in reds. It made my painting-life much easier.)

Michelle´s clock and box is in.

Anyway. I think this must be a related reason to why I don´t really like white rooms. They feel unfinished, in a way. It´s difficult for me to be creative in a white room, because it drains energy from me, instead of inspire me. (Hm. So there is the answer to why I live in such a colorful house)

The Arting-essential chocolate is in.

Today I finally moved into my new office. My new, white-walled office. In order for me to quickly get working in there, I needed some color fast! Breaking down all the white around me. Since I´m renting, I can´t paint the walls. So the quick´n easy answer is: textiles!

First thing´s first. I got a big soft board from my local wood-supplier, usually used to protect the wood. Salvaged wood-junk. Free. And perfect for a bulletin-board. Yay!

Covering it with silk-brocade from China. I originally bought this to reupholster my sofa. Turns out it´s very difficult to used fabric totally un-elastic for reupholstering. So, might as well use it for something else, right?

My new board. Big and turquoise. Waiting to be filled with art and inspiration…

The two lamps are props from a theatre-show I worked on.

The pink tasseled band I bought in India when I was there a couple of years ago. The green silk-sari I found at a second-hand show years ago. (This is just half-a-sari. The other half is being used as a shower-curtain…)

You can´t really see it here, but the bust-lady is wearing a huge, pink sari-skirt underneath the Arting-apron.

This doesn´t really look like I thought I wanted it. I would have wanted that whole wall turquoise. Or actually all four walls. But for a low-budget, low time-consuming version, you take what you´ve got, and be creative with it! Now I´m ready to start arting!

Topics: Diverse | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “moving in and breaking down”

  1. michelle Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 20:59

    it’s looking AWESOME!!!! LOVE those colors and your new bulletin board! the white walls are totally making your colors pop.

  2. Tyler Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 21:56

    very creative Janne! my all time favorite quote I repeat it all the time to myself….
    “do what you can…with what you have…where you are.”
    you could also use large embroidery hoops to hang bubbles of color via fabric…or go nuts with canvas collages!!! xo

  3. Regina Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 04:41

    I love how it looks. The textiles were a wonderful idea!

  4. Jane Says:
    April 28th, 2011 at 03:36

    I love the re-purposing, and I too am in love with teal, and all those Indian silks. Bravo! I wish you many happy artful hours in your new space.

  5. collette Says:
    April 28th, 2011 at 21:38

    So far so good. Greta idea about the turquoise fabric, <ichelles stuff looks great and I love the pink tassel piece from india. My favorite . I think. I like the idea of canvas collages , like tyler said.
    O dare I get a bike!!!!!!

  6. andrew Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 05:27

    Gee I liked it better before 🙂 But seriously, I was going to suggest a paint bomb, you know, you put a firecracker in a big tin of paint (afgter stticking newspaper on the walls ) but I guess that is against the terms of your lease… Hey I just saw your video on youtube, nice work! wonderful pic of you 🙂 too!

  7. andrew Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 05:28

    that’s a beautiful resonanting blue isn’t it?

  8. andrew Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 05:28

    oh make that ‘resonating’ 😉

  9. lacy Says:
    May 3rd, 2011 at 04:59

    I LOVE the turquoise! It’s totally brilliant!