Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as an eco-designer, an artist, as a teacher and as a researcher, 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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Halsnøy monastery souvenirs

By spotogspindel | December 17, 2019

Halsnøy monastery asked me to ake some more small pouches as souvenirs, and l had this fabric made especially for them. The first is based on the old wallpaper inside the main house, with the old seal as a the main feature, along with the text, also found there. It´s a small pouch, a practical size for coins and notes.

The slightly bigger one is also based on the very characteristic hand-printed wallpaper in the main-house. And again, very practical for computer-cords, external hard-drives… or make-up.

Both pouches are made from organic cotton, and designed by Spindelmaker.

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Upcycled pouf

By spotogspindel | December 7, 2019

There never seems to be enough storage-space. So when I found this cute, little pouf, I bought it. It has the delightful characteristic that is is:

1. Big enough for storage.

2. Solid enough for people to sit on when I need an extra seat.

3. It is made of all-natural materials, a wooden frame and woven with water-hyacinths, which can be a problem-plant if not being controlled in parts of Asia.

The seat has foam in it, which is not especially eco-friendly, but makes it very comfortable to use as a stool. The gross cotton-cover was dirty, and poorly stapled on to the original un-bleached cotton canvas (both quite dirty).

After removing both layers, I went through my favorite stack of Chines silk brocades to see which color would best suit the pouf and the rest of the interior.

And here is the After-shot of the pouf, now with a third life (if you count the layers of fabric). Practical and rather beautiful, if I have to say so myself 🙂

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Advent 2019

By spotogspindel | December 1, 2019

Maybe you, just like me, really enjoy Christmas and want o make the most of this time of waiting – the advent.

If you click on the picture above, it will take you to a post I wrote back in 2010-2011, where I basically aim to celebrate everyday, by noticing and appreciating what is around me. Feel free to use or to be inspired to make your very own advent calendar. This year I will do one of the things suggested each day, and you are welcome to following me on Instagram @spindelmaker where I will post my advent celebrations (click mandarin-photo for link).

But since I am here, let me share the first of December with you:

1. Yay! Finally! You can open the first present in your Advent-calender.

2. Find your Christmas decorations and decorate a little bit every day.

3. Buy fruits and make a big bowl of fresh fruit. Get mandarins! The smell is enough to get me in a Christmas-mood any day! And they taste so yummy!

4. Then invite friends over for a creative Christmas-making event. It might be a good idea to have this planned ahead, so everyone knows what to bring. (I have this one saved for tomorrow this year)

I appreciate comments on how you are celebrating your day! 😀

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Family-life in the lighthouses in Sør-Trøndelag

By spotogspindel | November 27, 2019

My family-life at the Light-house exhibition visited Kystmuseet (The Coastal Museum) in Sør-Trøndelag Museum this fall. Unfortunately I wasn´t able to travel and see it myself, but the museum kindly shared some photos of the exhibition with me.

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Upcycled cupboard

By spotogspindel | November 26, 2019

Our local recycling center has an own department called “Too good to throw away”, where people can put their stuff instead to tossing it in the dump. And others can pick up what they like for free!

Aaaaand I found this wooden commode there and thought “Hmmm, I can do something with this!” I also found the top for another cupboard, and took them both home.

The next day, I got a piece of wood (new) from my local wood-shop, and actually had them cut it into the exact measurements I needed), and some paint in a matte dusty-mint. I removed the handles on the doors, and glued and screwed the extra wood in place between the two part. (Well, I explained to my partner how he was going to do it 😉

Looking through my treasures, I found this wood-cut-ornament, which I had once bought on sale visiting the US at an art-retreat. I thought this would be the perfect time and place to use it!

While looking for the wood-ornament, I found these brass-handles, which I had totally forgotten that I had, and again: perfect time and place to make use of all these things just lying around!

Plastering over the scars of the old handles, before coving it with paint.

I also found a couple of ceramic door-knobs I painted and patinated to make them match the handles.

And here is the finished cupboard! (Sorry, the photos are all so dark). The cupboard was free, doomed as trash, the wood installed coast me about $25 and the paint another $25. The rest of the material I had.

The best part is how incredibly practical it is to have this cupboard in the kitchen! Since it is 100% wood and not a mish-mash of wood-chips and glue, it is solid, and can be used for generations.



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Book illustration

By spotogspindel | November 25, 2019

This fall one of my dreams came through, when I was asked to illustrate a book! To be precise it is a sheet-music book with soft covers, but it is published and it is a big deal to me! 😀

My dear friend Joakim Vikanes has arranged all the music in and edited the book. Kenneth Sivertsen is the composer, and both of the men are my fellow citizens of Bømlo. Kenneth died about ten years ago now, and he was a brilliant musician and composer, making symphonies and intricate jazz. And then these almost folk-song-ish tunes, which Joakim has arranged for song and guitar and piano.

The cover-illustration I had already used for a memorial-concert with Kenneth´s music a year after he died. (The colors are brighter in real-life)

Inside the book, there are five illustrations, or pictures I have made over the years. These celebrate the wild, salty nature and the warm friendships out here in the islands.

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By spotogspindel | November 20, 2019

The Global Science Opera premiers today with its 5th opera: Gravity!

It is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Eddington´s effort to acquire solid scientific support for Einstein´s Theory of General Relativity. He sent two expeditions to Sobral in Brazil and Principe in Sao Tome & Principe in Western Africa, where they would photograph the solar-eclipse in 1919. These photos, when compared to other photos of the same star-constallations, showed that the stars closest to the sun had “moved”, that is, the light from them was influenced by the gravitational forces from the sun.  So how do you teach students from primary-level all the way up to university-level about spacetime, light-curvature and the genreal relativity theory? Well, through song, dance, acting and eco-art, of course! Click the poster, and you can see the finished opera:

20 countries participated in this effort, the main story was created and performed by students from Sao Tome % Principe and Brazil, and was part of the official national celebratory program in both countries.

This year, I learned basic film-editing, by making the trailer for the opera (at the beginning of the opera).

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Portable metal-brush or embroidered x-ray

By spotogspindel | October 27, 2019

I have what looks like a portable paint-brush inside my right arm. It´s not. It´s made of metal. And the brushy-part is metal screws. No big deal. I broke my wrist. Slightly bigger deal, it´s my right arm. As an artist, my right arm is rather valuable to me. But again, no big deal. I live in a blessed country with functioning social democracy, which means, that I do not only get medical help when I need it. It´s all paid for by the state and through my taxes. This post isn´t really about the politics though. It´s about dealing with a new and unknown situation through art. Above is a water-color of my x-rayed arm. I had surgery, and the doctors placed a metal-rod into my arm, along the bone. And screwed it down.

As I mentioned, my right arm is rather important to me. So post-surgery, it is all about training back the movement, strength and flexibility into my arm. I started by knitting, to train my wrist, but I wanted to make an art-piece of my x-ray, and I wanted to needle-point embroider it. Turned out embroidery is even better than knitting for wrist-training.

First, I printed a copy of the photo of the x-ray. I then traced the image by taping the print up on the wondow and crawing directly on the loosely woven stramei-fabric with alchohol-ink markers.

The grey nuances in fine alpaca-yarn.

And off we go! Needle-point is unbelievably meditative. Listening to audio-books and repetitive motions to train my wrist and seeing the progress. The size is about 10×25 cm, and it took me 4 days to complete,  with pauses so I wouldn´t get tendonitis.

Finally, the needle-point is finished, and I sewed on a black velvet backing, stuffed it, and now I can use it as an arm-rest when I am using the mouse on my computer. If that´s not meta-art, I don´t know!

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Art-journal entries

By spotogspindel | October 17, 2019


My art-journal is at times lonely, not getting much attention. But I did make a few entries this over the past weeks.

The two eyes are practices with color-combination and brush-strokes.

This page is a solid annoyance and a quite despair of how much we KNOW and yet how little we DO about climate change. It´s a war, and we seem to think somehow we can choose to be neutral.

This one is inspired directly from the Amazon burning. Sometimes I am filled with fright at how greed trumps all common sense!

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By spotogspindel | October 15, 2019

The kick-off meeting for our newest research-project: GSO4SCHOOL. In collaboration with partners from Greece, Portugal, Italy and Cyprus, and funded by the EU, this Erasmus+ project will train teachers in the GSO methodology and STEAM education. As th coordinator of the project it is especially exciting!


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