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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A fine day at sea

By spotogspindel | August 14, 2014

I´m getting ready for my exhibitions in September, and will show you some of the new pictures I´m working on. A new technique is working more abstract with water-soluble oil-paint. Two new areas in other words.


A fine day at sea, 40×40 cm, oil on wood

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Student work

By spotogspindel | August 14, 2014


I have a student! A lady asked me if she could take private classes with me for a while, and today was our first day together. As a teacher, I´ve had plenty of students, but it feels a bit different having one student in your home.

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By spotogspindel | August 12, 2014


The evening I´ve been helping a neighbor to make her own stamp. She´s a teacher, and together we´ll teach her class, but first she wanted to make her own. She choose a Japanese twin-bird motif, and it came out quite beautiful I think! Very elegant,


The process from paper-copy via stamp to finished print.


And my sample. A simplified face of someone in deep thoughts.

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This is where the heron guards

By spotogspindel | August 5, 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 ago.

Siggjo is 365 meters high, and you can see all of Bømlo from the top. It is also a landmark, one of the first recognizable pieces of land when you sail in from the ocean. The text is from another verse form my poem “On the Shores”. And of course I needed to add a heron :-)


Where the volcanic truth

once melted hard

- this is where the heron 

is standing guard

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This is where my faith grew strong

By spotogspindel | August 2, 2014

The title of this post is a quote from my poem “On the shores”. I wrote the poem years ago, to use in a picture I made. Since then I´ve used it as inspiration for several pictures. The text itself is all inspired from the islands out here.

This time I am illustrating the verses in form of tote-bags. I made two last year, this year I have two new one. Bømlo has a very rich history, and the first bag has a motif from the old church in Moster. This is the site where the oldest church in Norway was built, in 995. That original church was built in wood, and when it burnt in a fire, they made new one, this time in stone, most probably some time between the years 1030-1060.


The red scribbles on the bag are “graffiti” and art from the walls inside the church. The bags will be sold in the museum at Moster Amfi.


Where the enriched

light of dawn belong

– this is where my

faith grew strong

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Indian inspiration

By spotogspindel | August 1, 2014

Nina´s colorful Indian room started last summer with a weekend of painting. we painted cupboards and cabinets, and since then she´s started using the room. We´re still not completely finished with all the details, (and it´s so much fun working with all the details) but we want to share part of the room at least with you.


The room is both a guest-room and a creative space for Nina, where she can sew and make her own stuff.


The colorful chandelier fits in perfectly!


In this room there is no limitations on the color use, and it has it´s very own warm atmosphere. It´s simply a room where it feels good to be.

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London 2014

By spotogspindel | July 30, 2014

New York may have Broadway. But London has it´s West End. And the theatre they produce here is truly world-class! My London-week was filled with input. We´ve had theatre-meetings, but part of working in the theatre is to go see shows too. You always learn something from a show, good or bad. It´s been 3 years since I was in London for more than a day, so I had quite a bit of catching up to do! The repertoire had almost completely changed. Let me share some of it with you:

First up was the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This was the show I had the biggest expectations for, and which I was most disappointed in. Not because it was bad, but the music was so forgettable. The set was pretty awesome, and the costumes were nice, especially the oompha-loompas´. The story is fun of course, like Roald Dahl often is, and some of the kids playing in it, were really, really talented! Nevertheless, it was actually a bit… boring, to be honest.


The next show was anything but boring! The dramatization of Shakespeare´s Richard III with Martin Freeman (Watson in Sherlock) as the violent king. And if there is any doubt: yes, he IS a magnificent actor!


The show is staged in the winter months of 1979, the winter of dis-content, filled with political unease in Britain, and with a big, general strike.


Next up is The Book of Mormons. A fun-filled feel-good laughter-bomb with catchy music and never a dull moment. Absolutely well worth the time, and I´d like to see it again. the brilliant thing about it, is that the humor is not putting anyone down, it´s more self-irony than viciously laughing on someone else´s behalf.


The set here was also pretty awesome. Downside: Insanely expensive tickets!


In the evening we caught a traditional fares by Oscar Wilde: The importance of being Earnest. I don´t like farces, never have. But this one as the best one I´ve seen. In other words: for a fares, it was good. I even laugh a couple of times. And the set was a delight, a traditional, realistic set with historically correct costumes.


Next up is what turned out to be my favorite this week: The curious incident with the dog in the night-time. It was a strong story about a boy with Asberger´s decease. His deception to play a detective in solving a mystery, results in uncovering more secrets than he can handle. And it truly shows how “people can be confusing”, to use his own words.


I don´t think I´ve ever seen such a well-polished co-ordination of set-, light-, film- and sound-design. They mix together perfectly, and invites the audience into the main-character´s perception of what goes on around him.


Finally: Shakespeare in Love, the dramatization of the movie. A lovely stage-version, where the musicians where in roles as musicians on stage. Sweet, romantic, and with a relatively realistic ending (which honestly is kind of a relief in the sugar-coated Disney-versions a lot of entertainment concludes with today)


Such a super treat to see so much theatre! And such great productions! Excellent actors, truly talented designers, talent both on- and back-stage. The London-stage really is THE place for experiencing excellent theatre, be it for tourists or professionals, – the talent is undisputed.

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inspiration: Jean Paul Gaultier

By spotogspindel | July 29, 2014


The Barbican in London hosts a very special exhibition: the art, design and work of Jean Paul Gaultier.


Two of my favorite outfits. The mongolian inspired dress above and the aran knitted dress below.


Gaultier is a true master in fashion design, but he´s also made costumes for several films: The 5th Element and The City of Lost Children to mention a couple.


The exhibition is huge, with two full floors of his designs. And with evert single outfit you stop and think Wow! This man is my creative hero! And that is pretty much my conclusion. If you have a chance to see this exhibition, you should really go out of your way to see it!


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Sagrada Familia

By spotogspindel | July 28, 2014

The only thing I knew about Barcelona really, was that it was the home of La Sagrada Familia, the cathedral Gaudi designed. So of course I wanted to see this building I had heard so much about. And even though I had high expectations, I was overwhelmed by the beauty, the size, the work, the craftsmanship, the thoughts behind the design, the whole thing!


Part of the Passion-entrance, the four towers. There are another four towers on the other side of the church. They are still building five more, the middle one, representing Christ will be the biggest and tallest of them.


The windows are made by an artist, interpreting Gaudi´s thoughts on design. And they look amazing!


One of the things I didn´t know was how much of Gaudi´s designs are based on nature. He had studied plants and animals since he was a young boy. All the columns and the roof is designed based on trees. How a stem divides itself into branches, and again into a crown of leaves. the ceiling was breathtaking! (I have a feeling I´m gonna run out of superlatives here soon) The columns are based on tree-trunks, well planted into the earth, like shown below.


Gaudi was also inspired by honey-bees, honey-comb-bee-hives. It is the most efficient way to build anything, measured by strength, use of material, space-efficiency and so on.


I almost get a feeling he has made a cathedral fit for Metropolis, some distant future for superheroes or for the other-worldly like Lord of the rings. But that is just because the designers for those movies/series probably were insired by Gaudi and his work, not the other way around. The truth of it is he´s made a cathedral for ordinary people of today. Ordinary, intelligent people living in a complex world.


One of the big brass doors is overloaded with symbols. The whole building is really, but this door is just amazing in it´s pictography.


Another door, that is just stunning in all it´s delicate detail!


The building of the cathedral was started in the 1880s. They are still not finished. Not because they couldn´t of, but because it was part of the architectural idea to use at least a century, with different artists adding different styles, affected by the time they lived in. There are two entrances to the cathedral: the Passion of christ and the Naitivity of Christ. The main gate/entrance isn´t made yet.

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By spotogspindel | July 27, 2014

Barcelona – where the old meets the new


Barcelona – where else can you find a beach miles long AND an distinguished cultural city?


Barcelona – where else can you, while eating dinner, be musically entertained first by an accordionist, then by a punk-band?


Narrow streets, funky shops, nice people.


And a nouveau genius architecte…


I think I have to come back.

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