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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4 element costumes in use

By spotogspindel | November 30, 2016

The big final in the 4 elements project was a couple of weeks ago. Children from several kindergartens were gathered at the Vestnorske theatre-center to celebrate with a big party. So much fun to see all the costumes I made in use!



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Hook´s hooks

By spotogspindel | November 29, 2016

Did you think Hook only had one hook?!? Oh, no! He has several hooks, each with it´s own  purpose.


Two of them are presented here. Made by sawing off the stem of plastic glasses, drilling a hole at the bottom/top. Glueing on the “tool” of desire, in this case a salad-fork in brass and a “whipper” for a food-processor. Sanding them down, and adding either paint or leather.


I think this might add some fun to the story. Smythe is carrying Hook´s little hook-suitcase around with him, so Hook always has his “tool-supply” with him.

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How to sew an emblem

By spotogspindel | November 28, 2016

One of the Lost Kids in Peter Pan, is a former boarding school student. So he needs a proper school uniform. A dark bottle green blazer and matching skirt has been bought on eBay. I did want to add a little imagined school emblem on the blazers. A quick google-image-search provided the image, and I changed the school name to PAN 🙂


I freestyled the machine-embroidery. Basically using a zig-zag stitch of various width with the feed-dogs running at a button-hole-pace. I guess the freestyle is moving it along along a pre-drawn pattern with one hand on the width-button, gradually shifting as I sew along.


From a distance I think it will look convincing enough. Maybe a silly thing to spend time on, but interesting to explore the technique. And you know: it´s all in the details! 😀

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The pirate-flag

By spotogspindel | November 27, 2016

For Hook´s ship we need a proper pirate flag! I know they are for sale, printed pirate-flags very cheaply. But I didn´t want a pre-fabricated dime-a-dozen black-and-white pirate flag. I wanted a handmade one, in softer colors, with softer edges.


So I used a meter of plain, black cotton Then I made myself a “brush” by wiring down a piece of cloth on the wrong side of a brush (the top), and used chlorine to bleach the pattern onto the fabric. I did this in the morning, when the day was at it´s lightest, so I could work outside. Our barbieque-table with a glass table-top is still outside, and I wanted to work in fresh air while “painting” with the chlorine. Actually it´s the exact opposite of painting. The chlorine subtracts color from the fabric. The motif is around 2×2 feet I guess, and I am really liking both the warm colors-tones and the subtle edges. Again, I´ll have to wait till everything is in place to see where it should be, and then finish the edges.

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Peter Pan trailer

By spotogspindel | November 26, 2016


The trailer is here! In just a little over a week we start working full time with the cast. The show premiers January 26th at Haugesund theater.

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Accessories for warriors and diplomats

By spotogspindel | November 24, 2016

It´s the accessories that makes the outfit. At least to a certain degree. Peter Pan includes a number of characters, and as designer I am lucky enough to play around with how they will look. The pirates, for instance, are from all corners of the world. For one of them I made this leather shoulder-armor.


The leather is from cow and very soft so I´m using a cotton/fake suade as backing to make it a bit sturdier.


Still missing the buckles to fasten it. How annoying that stores don´t sell them anymore!

Another character is a very posh diplomat. In addition to his tailcoat, he needs a proper sash. This one is sewn from silk (lined with cotton for sturdiness), added yellow ribbons and once the medals are in place, there´s not much doubt. A senior and decorated diplomat visiting the house of Darling.


It´s often these little things that are the most fun to make. The armor I made up as I went along, gradually building the right shapes. It´s really fun seeing something take the form you are trying to achieve.

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streaming the opera

By spotogspindel | November 21, 2016

Saturday was the world premiere of Ghost Particles, an opera created in 20 countries all over the world. Coordinating the pre-recorded films and not the least all the live-streamings take a quick hand and a cool head. Luckily we were in good hands at TV Haugaland! Tor Håkon got us all smoothly through the delays on the streaming-lines.


Oded was talking on two phones at the same time, keeping it all together.


I was more just an observer, and it was quite exciting! Especially with three of the live-streams coming right after the other!



The opera was shown live and in repeat for 24 hours on TV Haugaland. There should be a link where you can see the opera on Youtube, it will be published later on today.


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Ghost Particles!

By spotogspindel | November 19, 2016

Today is the world premiere! At 1:30 PM GMT the Global Science Opera “Ghost Particles” will be a reality!!

Above is the trailer for the opera. Below is the poster with original artwork by Michael Hoch, a particle-physisits working at Cern I was lucky enough to meet in August.


I´ll be in the studio today, where every scene is being live-streamed from 20 countries on all 5 continents. It premiers at 1:30, and after that time, you can click this link to watch.

The participants are students from elementary up to universities, from science- and art-institutions. Stay tuned! More to come! 🙂

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The peachy nightgown

By spotogspindel | November 18, 2016

Wendy´s dress for the Peter Pan show is in the making. I wanted to move away from the white, and the pale blue is already used by Disney. So I thought I´d use peach, a warm color for a warm character. 4 meters of crepe de chine silk and a roll of peach-colored lace later…


I´ve got the gown ready for fitting. The design is inspired by a 1910 gown, but even though I made a pattern, sometimes it´s a lot of making it as you go along. Very much so in this case. I was regretting the silk before I started, thinking it would be very difficult to sew in, it felt so alive!


Luckily I was proven wrong! It turned out pretty great. Appliquéing the lace with zig-zag-seam on my household Bernina, and sewing the pieces of the skirt together with my overlock… smooth as a kitten! I left little slits open between the parts, it´s only held together with the lace. The actor is going to be very active, so I´m hoping this is not a mistake.


Talking of mistakes, I already made one. The iron on a little too hot, and the polyester-lace melted! It´s not like I didn´t know. However it was easy to just cut away the broken part and replace it with a new one.


Ready for fitting: the arms are too wide, but I want to see it on her before I decide how much to take them in, and maybe also shorten them a bit. The neck-line is not completely finished either, I might need to make the opening a bit wider. But we´ll see in a couple of weeks when she tries it on. Everything is cut on the bias, so it should follow the shape of her body.

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By spotogspindel | November 15, 2016

Pajama-day! In Peter Pan, both of Wendy´s brothers, John and Michael are wearing pajamas a the play. They are woken up and then fly off to Neverland.


In order to make their pajamas a bit special, I choose fabric that might tell something about who they are and what they´re interested in. So I visited Spoonflower, and found exactly what I was looking for! For John, the older brother who wants to be like his Dad when he´s grows up and work in a bank… A chalk-board filled with mathematical calculations. And for Michael, the youngest with his cuddly stuffed wolf… a pajama filled with little dogs.


The fabric arrived today, and since the pattern is pretty simple I was able to finish both pajamas. Except for the buttons… need to go shopping. I think they turned out pretty good 🙂


Two costumes down… a gazillion to go! 😉


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