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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STING exhibition – press

By spotogspindel | March 1, 2017

Article in web-version here.


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ARTing in Portland

By spotogspindel | February 28, 2017

I´ve already been home for a couple of weeks, but wanted to share some great days in Portland with you. Some of my favorite ARTing-friends were gathered at Michelle´s studio above her office for a whole day of brownies, painting, talking and creating and just plain old having fun!


Karla, Elizabeth, Michelle, Lulu, Janet, Deirdra, me and Guy.


Back at Michelle´s house, we spent the evening at her home-studio.


My favorite stairs up to my favorite studio- it was like coming home! It is such an inspiring space!


And guess who is the queen of inspiration?! Michelle, none-other! Thank you so much for having me! Dizzy-headed, messy-making, but fun-loving, journal-painting me am so grateful!


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STING – press

By spotogspindel | February 27, 2017


Bømlo-nytt, February 22nd, 2017

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Peter Pan – press

By spotogspindel | February 27, 2017

Bømlo-nytt published this article January 26th 2017:



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The black laced choker

By spotogspindel | February 27, 2017

For the freestyle machine embroidery workshop jewelry, I wanted to make a couple of examples. This is one of them. I first made an outer line of a lace-choker. I then started to fill it.


By simply sewing a geometric pattern of little “fans”, I filled the space between the two lines more or less randomly. However, when the fabric washed away, the shapes became a lot more organic than I had expected, and to be honest: I liked it a lot better now.


The finished necklace:_MG_6323

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6 000 000 STING exhibition opeing

By spotogspindel | February 25, 2017

Bømlo art group asked to show my embroidery exhibition, and today was the opening. Here are just a few photos from the exhibition:


Trine, the leader of the group, opened the exhibition.


Some of the work is redesigned wool needlepoint. Other pieces are guerilla-inspired. Yet other pieces are portraits made by fabric-printing, appliqué and machine embroidery.


There are several styles and lots of color, all giving a view into the possibilities of embroidery.


The curator took my Prayer-carpet down from the wall and put it on the floor. This was an eye-opener even for me. I think the exhibit of this one piece was made a lot more political, just by this one difference, the associations lead you in a different direction.


Family-members used as models.


Ingrid Leithaug Mjanger and Simon Madsen played so beautifully at the opeing!


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6 000 000 stitches (again)

By spotogspindel | February 23, 2017


My embroidery exhibition 6 000 000 STING (stitches) is now finished in Stord Museum, and in January I got a request to show it again in Bømlo. It´s not traveling far, but it´s fun to see it up again so soon. It opens Saturday, and will be up for a week-and-a-half.

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Freestyling workshop

By spotogspindel | February 22, 2017

Sunday I had a great gang of people participating in my freestyle machine-embroidered jewelry workshop. Placed inside the Salhus Trikotasjemuseum in Salhus, outside of Bergen, in the middle of their embroidery-exhibition.


At first, as always, it´s a challenge to figure out the coordination of the rhythm of pedal-speed and movement-speed of the fabric itself. But very quickly, beautiful little creations started to appear


Like these adorable fishes swimming in a school. The participant is already on to a larger piece of more fish.


My own three-dimentional experiment worked out pretty well too. I know it´s not like me to work with pastels, something must have inspired me! Anyhow, it´s sewn seperatly in three pieces, and after the water-soluable fabric has been washed out, sen together. All it needs is a little pin on the back, and it´s a blooming broach!


Way to small, but we´re all showing our creations above. In only four hours they totally mastered the art of freestyle machine embroidery on water-soluable fabric, making their own lacy jewels!

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Sonja Ocean

By spotogspindel | February 21, 2017

Sølvtrans is a Norwegian shipping company, specialized in transporting live fish. They have two brand new boats in the making, and I am honored to be decorating them.  Yesterday I visited the ship-yard in Gursken, to mount the pictures.

The ship´s Christening is not for yet another couple of weeks, so as you can see in the photos, not everything is in place yet.


This may very well be the largest fishing-boat I´ve ever seen! Too bad there are no people close to it, so you could see how big it really is.


Inside the lounge, the interior-decorator wanted wallpaper-art behind the couch. She also requested the color-scheme and the motifs. The sofa is still veiled in plastic, but I think it will look really good together, with the black leather and the “old” oak-flooring.


(And as you can see, the colors are so different in different types of light!)


Opposite of the wallpaper-wall, another sofa rests under the view of the island where the ship has been built.


Finally, next to the windows, a close-up of an older fishing-boat can remind the workers of harder times…


Moving on to the conference-room, two green pictures decorate the wall. The lighthouse and the rope actually make a symbolic arrow upwards.


The old, beautiful lighthouse, Slåtterøy, is once again the main motif. (Did you know you can stay here? For a weekend or a holiday?)


And finally, calm waters. All pictures are digital photo/paint-collages, printed on plexi-glass-covered aluminum, 80×100 cm (except the wallpaper, which is around 210 x 450 cm)


Hopefully the art will help the crew feel at home. The best of luck to Sonja Ocean!

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Learning to fly

By spotogspindel | January 6, 2017


Yesterday Peter Pan learned to fly. So did Tinkerbell, Wendy, John and Michael.

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