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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printing workshop

By spotogspindel | September 25, 2014

One of the fun projects that will go throughout the year, is visiting a arts and crafts class at one of the local schools. It will only be a short visit in each of the 4 groups during the year, where I show and tell a bit about printing.

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I notice that I am used to longer periods of concentrated work! It´s incredible how fast 90 minutes pass by!

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A few of my samples. I wish we could´ve done more in the time, but the students will continue with their teacher, and I do get to see the result when they´re done in a months time.

Topics: arting, Diverse, workshops | 1 Comment »

pirate shirt

By spotogspindel | September 23, 2014

Today is a sewing day. I´ve designed a pirate-costume for Pippi Longstocking´s father in the show starring in November.

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First up is the shirt, simply because I had the fabric I needed already in my stack. Made with fine, white linen, and in a very big size.

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Piecing it together, trying to make the inside look as good as the outside.

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My students know that I don´t waste time on excessive use go pins. But sometimes it really is needed!

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The shirt almost finished. It needs to be tried on, and the buttons on the arms adjusted.

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A detail from the back and shoulder. The pattern is my own, and based loosely on an early 19th century fashion.

Topics: Costumedesign, textile | 1 Comment »

Familylife exhibition in Aalesund

By spotogspindel | September 22, 2014

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The Family-life exhibition opened at Sunnmøre Museum in Ålesund September 14th. Tone Anda, the museum-curator, has made the most wonderful display!

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By adding tables filled with everyday things from the 50s and 60s, it´s a trip down memory-lane. It adds so much to the pictures, when they are placed into a whole of cultural history!

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For the opening, Frode Pilskog, the museum´s lighthouse expert, talked about life in the light-houses, both the small, everyday life and in the much bigger picture, as an important part of a nation´s marine industry.

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If you live near Ålesund, you are most welcome to visit the museum and the exhibition. It will be there until the end of October.

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The idea-process illustrated

By spotogspindel | September 22, 2014

Task at hand: Make a bird-house. Decorate it. Be creative. 

The bird-house will be part of an art-project, but it will be placed in the woods and inhabited by real birds. Everyone in the art-gurilia-group is making one each. To be honest: I asked my Dad to build the birdhouse for me. He´s got more tools. And time. And a kind heart. (Thank you, Dad!)

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So here is the bird-house. With a little machine-embroidered bird, just to illustrate. It is my task to decorate it. And I thought I´d share part of my idea-process with you. I have already decided that I want to have a textile approach to it. Mainly because textile is my original field, but also because you don´t see all that many textile bird-houses out in the woods. So here are “mood-board” examples of some ideas:

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The romantic, doily-house for the doily-chick!

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An exotic silk-sari house for the Bollywood-bird!

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A glittering disco-cave for the disco-queen…. (ups. this isn´t textile! But in the first phase I am open to all ideas that pop up.)

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A knitted exterior for frozen feathers. I´d prefer wool of course, but I´d have to see what I could find in my stuff and reuse.

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An embroidered estate for the eclectic  bird. (This is a good idea, as it will give a hint of an upcoming exhibition still in my mind, but I need as much as possible of the embroidered pieces or that project)

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Hola! A happy home for Latin-American chiquitas.

What do you think? You´ve got any favorites? Or any other ideas? Please let me know, I am open for both ideas and suggestions.

Topics: arting, Diverse | 3 Comments »

Pippi-weekend

By spotogspindel | September 21, 2014

This has been my weekend:

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Unpacking a truckload (literary) of costumes and props for Pippi Longstocking. The show will premiere November 1st, and I´m helping out with the costumes. So this weekend, we´ve been trying on the rented costumes, trying to find something that fits for all the young actors.

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Techical building and art

By spotogspindel | September 20, 2014

Bremnes Seashore has built a new building for the technical department.

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We´ve used some of the old photographs from their archive to decorate the stairwell.

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So many great portraits here of people at work. They all seem to really like their workplace.

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And a couple of yummy salmon dishes decorate the meeting room.

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more marques letters

By spotogspindel | September 18, 2014

It´s a bi project, making all the letters for the Grease-set. These are some of the guys making them.

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They are hard-working, and I am trying to be ahead of them, getting more letters designed, to make sure they can keep busy. They´re really getting the hang of it! Aren´t the letters below kinda cool?!

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Topics: backstage | 1 Comment »

inspiration: AnniesRags

By spotogspindel | September 17, 2014

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AnniesRags is one of my favorite Etsy-shops! She makes unique jewelry, pieced together by treasures gathered from around the world, joined with her own self-made beads. Whenever I wear her jewelry, I hum to myself from West Side Story: “I feel pretty!” :-)

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Manhattan skyline

By spotogspindel | September 17, 2014

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A friend of mine renewed his kitchen. Above his stove he wanted a urban motif: the Manhatten skyline. I helped him in the process, finding a photo, having it printed and mounted onto the wall. Looks pretty cool, huh?! :-) (this is before he´s actually moved back into the room, so it´s a bit empty still)

Topics: interior | 1 Comment »

Exhibition opening Austevoll

By spotogspindel | September 13, 2014

Today was the opening of the autumn-exhibition. I have almost all of my art gathered on the second floor in this old country grocery-store. Here are some photos from the room.

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I have a variety of techniques here: oil-painting, acrylic painting, silkscreen printing, freestyle machine embroidery, mica-collage, mixed media collage, acrylic on plaster and digital photo-collage.

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In between my work, are some ceramic artworks, made by Turid Vikene.

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All together we are 8 artists opening in this big gallery today, 6 of us were present. Quite a crowd came for the opening.

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The exhibition will be here at least until November. And if you are nearby, it is absolutely worth a trip. Bekkjarvik is such a beautiful, little town.

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All in all I have 40 pictures here now, around 30 of them are brand new.

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Topics: exhibition | 1 Comment »

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