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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The guides at Moster

By spotogspindel | July 13, 2014

It´s already been some years ago that I designed the work uniforms for the guides at Moster. Based on a late medieval silhouette, the dresses are sewn in matka silk, which is a scrap-silk, very comfortable to wear. The belts have a text from the old church-bell, and old catholic prayer of “Ave Maria…”


The guides work a lot, because every now and then I have to make them new dresses, and this summer I´ve made three new ones. Below is a belt in progress. All the letters are freestyle machine-embroidered onto water-soluble fabric, before appliquéd onto to printed fabric.


I´m so happy to be working with these wonderful women, filled with knowledge about our local history. And they make a great viking-stew too! :-)

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Øyfjord and Øysund

By spotogspindel | July 12, 2014

Bømlo brønnbåtservice are Christening two new ships today: Øyfjord and Øysund, and two of their suppliers wanted to give them gifts on the big day. One picture for each ship from both of them.


“Våt på beina, tørr i håret”, (Wet feet,dry hair) 40×50 cm 

The ship-owners are from Alvsvåg, where these two sea-houses are situated.


“Sveve over vatnet” (/Floating above water), 40×50 cm

Since all three companies are local, my customers wanted local motifs in the pictures. Below is Siggjo, the volcano-shaped mountain you can see from all over the island.


“Siggjo song” (/Siggjo sings) 40×50 cm

I am sure the people working onboard will be happy with their brand new workplaces, and hopefully the pictures will contribute to making them feel at home.


“Lykkeleg på Lykling”/(Happy in Løkling), 40×60 cm

Good luck to the crew on both ships! May you rule the underwater-world!

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Skandi Iceman video presentation

By spotogspindel | July 10, 2014

If you´ve ever wondered about these ships that I keep telling you about. Click on the video below with a presentation of Skandi Iceman. It gives a better impression than I ever could, of exactly how awesome these great vessels are!

Skandi Iceman is owned by DOF, the world´s largest offshore shipping company.  I am humble and immensely proud to have been chosen to work with them on so many of their ships! You can even see some of my art-work in some of the rooms here.

Here is a link to all the artwork I have onboard.

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By spotogspindel | July 9, 2014


My favorite season is any and every day with 20 degrees+

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By spotogspindel | July 8, 2014

It´s only the second time around that I ship my art abroad, but it´s still such a thrill! These boxes are off to Spain, and in two weeks I´m joining them again. Onboard. In Spain. Cool, huh?!? ;-)


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DIY: Indian cushions

By spotogspindel | July 4, 2014

Do you want to make your own Indian sitting cushions? Here´s how:


I have a couple of old saris in my treasure-chest, and wanted to use them for something practical. Using an ordinary 45x45cm cushion, I made an equally ordinary pillow-case in the same size (actually it works better if the cad is a couple of cm smaller than the pillow). Instead of using a zipper, I sew the opening together by hand.


Then I continue with thick cotton thread, by sewing (by hand) straight through the pillow. I needed help for this part, my friend helped me to push down the bounce in the pillow, while I pulled hard before making a triple knot.


Below is a fancy little illustration showing the process. With a tight case and these knots pulling the fill together, the pillow becomes quite steady, and is perfect for sitting on, on a little stool, in a garden chair, or simply on the floor. They are really easy to make, and a true eye-candy in the interior!


The saris and other silk fabrics are often both thin and fragile, so a very good tip is to first sew the silk onto a relative sturdy cotton fabric. Or linen, as that is even stronger. This way the wear and tear will be much less a strain on the silk.


My dear friend Nina spend the day with me, making indian cushions! Loose ones for her couch, and sturdy ones for my little stool. It´s so much nicer creating with friends! :-)

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Normand Vision

By spotogspindel | July 3, 2014


“In the middle of a longing/ Longing home, longing away” 35×70 cm

Today is the Christening of Normand Vision, Solstad Shipping´s newest ship in their fleet. Wärtsila Norway AS  delivered the engine solution to the ship. And as a gift on the big day, they chose to give the shipping company this picture.

It is from out in the islands north-west of Bømlo. The coast is scattered with beautiful naked rock faces like this, it´s truly a feast for the soul to go out in a boat in the summer there.

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By spotogspindel | July 2, 2014


A new big commission is soon on it´s way out of the door. But first, varnishing, drying and framing the pictures… Not to mention the packing process. Shipping them requires extra attention on the packing. It seems dull, but a lot more time goes into this part of the process than you´d think. So not all days are super-creative. Some days it´s just plain old work!

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In the light-house-news!

By spotogspindel | July 1, 2014


Photo: Heidi Eikremsvik

There´s an article about my Family-life in the light houses-exhibition in the news-section of The Historical lighthouse association (Norsk Fyrhistorisk Forening)

Click the picture above to read.

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And the winner is….

By spotogspindel | July 1, 2014

Using RANDOM, the winner of my 100 000 goody give-away girly-girl is:


Congratulations, and thank you for being such a devoted reader! Send me your snail-mail address, and I´ll send the girly-girl to her new home in Bergen. Siri is a knitter, and she whips up one incredible wearable after the other. Once I find the perfect pattern, she´s promised to help me actually get it done! My knit-works, and there are a considerable amount of them, never seem to finish…


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