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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Photo-shoot in the studio

By spotogspindel | November 12, 2017

A very creative friend of mine is recording a couple of his own songs, and asked me to come along to the studio and take some photos. In itself a fin task, but with the additional plus of being really interesting! The drums and percussion are the only instruments, except song, that is being recorded with sound. All the other instruments are played, and the sound goes via chords. This is logical, but it makes the studio-visit sort of surreal. A LOT of sound from the drums, and then everyone else apparently just miming. 🙂

I did hear some of the recordings along the way, and it sounds REALLY good!


Kurt Lisø, Jan Ove Morlandstø, Carl Øyvind Apeland, Hans Olav Molde and Brynjar Stautland at Studio Ø.


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Family life exhibition at Raelingen Art group

By spotogspindel | November 7, 2017

The poster, made by Raelingen art group, presenting the exhibition. Their venue is a lovely cabin in the forrest. Or rather a small house from the 17t century, with original timer walls. What an atmospheric place to show my Family-life pictures!

The best treat ever: a dozen of my dear old friends from Ten Sing Norway came to see the exhibition on the last day. We´d had a whole weekend of a reunion. 30 years! Can you believe it! 30 years since we travelled to England and volunteered for the YMCA for a whole year, by promoting Ten Sing.

One of my pictures was also used to present an art-seminar “Can the curator be cured?” I would of wished to attend with such an intriguing title, but alas, I was on the other side of the country.


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Ronia Diamond

By spotogspindel | November 7, 2017

Ronia Diamond is owned by the fishing company SølvTrans, and it is their latest fishing-boat. And they obviously take good care of their employees, wanting them to feel at home onboard.

In the lounge you are immediately greeted by this big wall-paper-sized picture from the islands. It is actually the same as on the last vessel, Ronja Ocean, according to the owner´s wish.

Another two pictures from sunny days out in the islands. Swimming, sun-bathing, fishing… good memories.

Here are the originals:

“Fair weather islands”, 80×100 cm.

“Summer´s serenity”, 100×120 cm.

In the mess, two other pictures decorate the wall, also summer motifs.

The green, steep slope”, 80×100 cm.

“Right around the corner”, 80×100 cm.

Good luck to Ronia Diamond and Sølvtrans!




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The Messias-poster

By spotogspindel | November 1, 2017

I made the art, but not the lay-out for this poster. And in doing so, I was informed of the upcoming concert with Händel´s Messias. It´s been a life-long dream to sing this classical piece. It´s actually on my bucket-list. So I simply couldn´t let this opportunity pass me by 🙂 I´ve never sung classical before, and I´ve only attended two rehearsals. Man, it´s a real workout for the voice!

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Backstage life

By spotogspindel | October 27, 2017

Today I´m sharing a few photos from my Spindelmaker Instagram-account, showing what the the theatre looks like when you´re working backstage. Personally I have several functions in Haugesund Teater´s staging of Jesus Christ Superstar. I´m the props-manager, the dresser and part of the technical stage-crew. What the audience sees is the magic that happens on stage. To me, the true magic is what goes on behind the scenes, backstage, to make what happens ON stage appear magical.

No musical without lights and sound!

The audience…

Costume, hair and make-up change in 30 seconds or so

The technical stage manager knows EVERYTHING and reminds us all where and what to do when.

The stage seen from above.

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Spindelmaker on Instagram

By spotogspindel | October 26, 2017

Days are full and filled with interesting things going on in my world. Due to practical reasons, I have been less active on my own blog and more active on my Spindelmaker Instagram account. If you are interested in little glimpses into my world, find me there 🙂


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updating my portfolio

By spotogspindel | October 26, 2017

I finally put together a presentation of Peter Pan in Haugesund in January. As you can see, there is a lot of pictures here, so lots to enjoy here! Just click the picture, and fly off to Neverland!

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Jesus Christ Superstar 2017

By spotogspindel | October 26, 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar is currently running at Haugesund Teater.  JCS is Andrew Lloyd Webber´s 1971 rock-opera about the last days of Jesus, seen from Judas´ viewpoint. The

We´ve already had 11 shows, and only 4 are left. For this show I am working as the props-manager, but have also helped out with painting the set. My biggest (and most fun) job was to make the temple interior, so I wanted to show some pictures. Below is the scene being played out, where the hustlers and salesmen entangle Jesus in their merchandize, before he angrily chases them out of the temple.

As you can see, a lot of the interior is made from textiles, mainly Indian saris (Thank you, Peegli!) with an addition of old set-fabric from Hair-96!

The walls and ceiling underneath the stairs are completely covered in textiles.   We wanted an overflowing, warm, maximalist, Middle-Eastern feel. So it is a combination of Indian, Morroccan, Egyptian, Turkish and Israeli items. We´ve also added Marroccan lamps to add to the atmosphere. The theatre-lights color the pictures, but the interior is mainly orange.

The interior is multi-functional: mainly being the temple-shops, but also interiors in houses. I´ve gathered the main “shopping-area” in the middle, with plates on the walls, and candleholders on the floor. And the little tea-place, of course. In good eco-scenography spirit, (and to save money) almost everything in here is either bought second hand (Ebay and local charity-shops) or borrowed (the cushions, the baskets, the carpets)

A little excerpt of the temple-shop and the only direct indication of where we are geographically and culturally: a menorah-collection.

If you want to see more of the interior, there´s a little film on my Instagram.


Director: Erik Schøyen

Assistant director: Henrik Amundsen

Musical leader: Trond Lindheim

Scenographers: Erik Schøyen, Eirik Torsethaugen

Choreographer: Belinda Braza

Costume-designer: Thale Kvam Olsen

Lighting design: Eirik Torsethaugen

Props: Janne Robberstad

Make-up/hair: Unni Gjerde

Sound-design: Stig Morten Sørhaug

Band: Bjørge Verbaan, Jan Olav Renvåg/Helge Ellingsen, Halvor Lillesund, Vegard Fossum, Jens Thoresen/Steinar Larsen

Stage-managers: Dag Ove Sunde and Sigve Sælensminde

Technical stage manager: Mie Moe Gofjeld

Aslak Rossebø – Jesus; Christina Bjordal – Pontius Pilatus; Erik Bauck Bårdstu – Judas; Mari Lerberg Fossum – Maria Magdalena; Bibi Nerheim – Annas; Mads Henning Jørgensen – Kaifas; Lars Helge Throndsen – Simon; Ola Magnus Gjermshus – Peter; Per-Theodor Paulsen – King Herodes; Thomas Stokke, Anita Myhre, Håvard Eikeseth, Lene Kokai Flage, Katarina Lund – ensemble.


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Science night at the gallery

By spotogspindel | September 27, 2017

Science-night was celebrated with activities and talks many places, also in Haugesund. I was invited as main speaker at Haugesund Art gallery, to present Moon Village, or how people can live on the moon. Naturally I also presented the Global Science Opera, and tried to connect the dots between creativity and sustainability and a human future on the moon. Such an interesting night (and such a great opportunity & challenge for me!)

After the talk, there were activities for kids to join in. The most fascinating one was tasting the mini-pancakes made of cricket-flour…

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Wrasse welcome

By spotogspindel | September 15, 2017

The wrasse moved out of it´s “hatching-factory” today, and was welcomed to it´s new home by three kindergarten-classes and a group of grown-ups too.

He arrived by a beautiful vintage truck, and the kids were eager awaiting.

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