Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as a costume-designer, an artist, and a teacher, 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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6000000 STING in Bryne

By spotogspindel | October 4, 2018

Garborgsenteret in Bryne wanted to show my embroidery-exhibition, and it will be on display there until May -19 (at least). The exhibit was put together by a professional with a masters degree in scenographic museum-displays. How lucky am I?!

Fabiola. Orignal by Henner. Embroidered versions.

A collage of embroidery borrowed from the public.

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new guide gown

By spotogspindel | September 25, 2018

My friend Nina recently got a new job as the leader of Sunnhordland Guide service. Like the guides before her, she needed a proper guide-gown. Years ago I designed a viking-inspired with a princess-cut, sewn in raw silk, and it still looks pretty timeless.

This is the belt being made. Freestyle machine-embroidery on water-soluable fabric. And then the letters are sewn down on raw silk. The letters spell the old Catholic prayer of Ave Maria, and was engraved into the old church-bell.

Topics: clothing, textile | 1 Comment »

The Global Hand On Universe conference 

By spotogspindel | August 17, 2018

The Global Hand On Universe  (GHOU) conference in Vienna, Austria.

What do you do when you are participating in a group of some of world’s finest astro-physisists and astro-educators from 15 countries?

You talk to them about the importance of ocean literacy, give a short philosophical introduction to sustainability and engage them in creating jellyfish made from trash.

That’s what you do.

You introduce the way forward by presenting the Global Hands On Ocean!

Dr. Carl Pennypacker and I collaborated on a little workshop where the participants recycled plastic bottles into jelly-fish. We then photographed the jelly-fish against the blue sky and fed the photos into a software, usually used in astronomy, to see if we could see how light reflects on plastic versus real jelly-fish. As far as we could tell, it´s pretty hard to tell the difference, which is probably something every sea-turtle could tell you.

Learning how our solar-system works, using our whole bodies, moving around a huge “carpet” – immersed knowledge!

Friends from Japan: Dr. Hideo Shinohara-san and his colleague.

After the three days at GHOU, it was time for The Galileo Teacher Training Programme.

“What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?” (to quote the song from 70s) Well, I learned how the star spectroscopy works and what an ana-lemma is. And that if black holes don’t exist, it’s something even weirder than that. And by the way that they spew out glares of light at at fraction of the speed of light. I learned how to figure out which elements are in a star by analysing the light they emit. I learned that when the trees in the Northern hemispere looses their leaves in the fall, the Earth accelerates. I learned that there is a ton of information in what we cannot see, because we cant observe infra-red. And that the night-skies lack protection from light-pollution. It’s a pretty good days work of learning astro-physics for a mere mortal artist, I think. 🙂

Second day I can’t really brag about all that I have learned. We started the day by an introduction to gravitational waves and how to use them to find black holes, I think. This was Nobel prize physics, so I don’t feel too bad about not understanding it. Lots of really nice people here, patiently answering my layman-questions. The picture is a thermo-camera, which measures the temperature of whatever you point at.

Just have to add a photo of my favourite place in Vienna: The Hundertwasserhaus! Everything is crooked, and it is supposed to. As Hundertwasser himself says: “An uneven ground is like a melody for the feet!”

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Budapest, Hungary

By spotogspindel | August 11, 2018

A long-weekend in Budapest with my husband, before heading for a conference in Vienna. Budapest. It sounds like… exotic mystery lurking behind a iron-veil. At least that was my impression as a young girl, when Hungary was part of the East-block. And even if we were here just a couple of days before taking the train to Austria, it had both history and charm in truck-loads! Just a very few photos being shared here, as we were to busy to soak it all in and enjoy, to bother taking photos…

Who wouldn´t want to take a ochre-yellow tram to work?!

We stumbled upon an amazing folklore embroidery exhibition at the National Crafts Museum, I fell head over heals in love with the colors and patterns!

Embroidery on leather… actually lots more photos on my Instagram.

Oh, we have to come back here!

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By spotogspindel | August 1, 2018

Rivers.Global is born!

I am honoured to be the chair deputy of this fine, new-started organisation. You will find information about it on the website, but below is a small leaflet we made to market the “birth”.

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Garden surprise

By spotogspindel | July 26, 2018

Gardening reveals secrets from yesteryears… like a plastic yoghurt-cup from around 40 years ago.

Topics: Diverse, sustainable | 1 Comment »

CASE summer school

By spotogspindel | July 15, 2018

The CASE summer school in Marathonas outside Athens, Greece (CASE = creativity arts and science in primary education).

CASE conference in paradise. The CASE summer-school is based on the Greek coast of Marathonas. Talk about conferance-room with a view! First day is the international meeting and planning the week.

A 20 minute introduction to eco-scenography and sustainable design. I need more than 20 minutes! But then again, it´s enough to get people curious.

The week was so busy, I hardly have any photos to share. The show the participants made was called “Plant a seed” and was about the importance of plants, biodiversity, carbon-dioxide absorbation and much more. You can find a taste of the main song on my Instagram.

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Jessica and Cole´s wedding

By spotogspindel | July 4, 2018

Happy occasions! Jessica and her Cole are getting married and I am invited to the wedding!

Visiting my American family, for such a beautiful wedding, so many lovely people. The whole week went into preparations, as Michelle and her family wanted to make it personal. I tried to help, and made lots of flag-garlands for the space.

Weddings over, everyone has left, except me and Tilly, the dog. It´s quiet, so quiet! And we manage to sneak in an hour or two of ARTing.

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By spotogspindel | May 21, 2018

Going to England, is like going home. And perhaps especially this time, as my whole family were travelling there as well!  Its actually been some time since I´ve been in England, and it was long over-due! England has a special place in my heart, and I could easily live here.

Anyway, I traveled to Exeter University, where I met with Professor Kerry Chappell. She is amazingly knowledgable and is now one of the most respected authorities on creativity. I was so lucky to meet her!

Exeter is a beautiful city! Small and charming.

Time to meet up with the family. It was our big golden wedding-aniversary trip for my parents, which includes us as well. We figured it would be much more fun if we came along 😉 We stayed at a beautiful, old hotel in Bournemouth and had a lovely days. Celebrating 17th of May (Norway´s independence day) by a stroll along the 2 mile beach, stopping for ice-cream at every possible occasion!

Part of my fun family!

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By spotogspindel | May 7, 2018

Only a few days in Amsterdam this time. But I had time to meet up with colleagues from Holland and make some GSO-plans. I also had the time to visit MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and got to see a great Lichtenstein and Banksy-exhibition.

After seeing all the colorful graffiti in Brazil and Chile, it was interesting to see Banksy´s colorfully sober, yet politically at times explosive art.

Amsterdam is so charming! I haven´t been here for a couple of years now, but it is still incredibly…  charming! Next year our youngest will be studying here, so I will get plenty more chances to go 😀

Topics: Global Science Opera, travel | 1 Comment »

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