Janne Robberstad

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Making a new old world

By spotogspindel | October 23, 2015

Building a world, one stage at a time…

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The pictures above start Sunday evening and end Tuesday evening.

Below is the finished set, just waiting to be played with by the actors! And I cannot say this loud enough: I couldn´t have done it without my fantastic building-team: Joakim, John Olav, Erling and my dear dad, Odd. THANK YOU!!!

I also owe thanks to all the crew who came to help me paint all the books. Phew! What a job! (Most of the books are fake, four of the sections have real books and props) And the prop-ladies, Martha and Birte. It´s a pity the picture is so small, there´s a life-size flamingo in there, made from scratch, and the big coat-of-arms.


When I post this Peter Pan has come and gone. I´ve about 580 photos from the show, and I need some time to actually go through them. But I can reveal that it was just as busy and even more fun than we expected it to be. And the audience really appreciated it! Which is always a big reward in itself. :-)

It was a treat to work with in itself too. This library-jungle-sailingship-library! Making hidden doors, disguising portraits of the pirates and real crocodiles in between all the books. Axel made the magic happen with the lights (even if there was a seven-meter-high tree in the way).

It is a lot of work to build a set this size for just 4 shows. It´s insane, really. So we are ecstatic to learn that the set has been bought and will be used by another theatre. Which means it will all be recirculated, nothing will thrown away this time either! The tree has been cut up, and will be used as fire-wood, the set is going to another theatre. The costumes were mainly used, either form our own wardrobe, or bought from second-hand-shops and altered. The props were either privately owned, lots of books were given from the library (they were going to throw them away)… so I must say as a big bonus, it´s a pretty eco-friendly build after all.

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HSD – café og brasserie

By spotogspindel | October 8, 2015

Thursday October 8th was the grand opening of the brand new shopping-centre in Bømlo. Hundreds and hundreds of people where lined up outside when the doors opened at noon. Why am I telling you about this? In addition to being an important, local place of employment, which I salute, I had the great honor of decorating the common areas with art. To be precise: the café and one of the hallways.


HSD, originally meant Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskipsselskap (Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Steam-engine-company). The lot where all the buses had their garage and parking, gave the nickname to the place. Less than a year ago, the building was torn down, and the brand new shopping-centre was built. It was given the name HSD – HandleSenteret Ditt (which means your shopping-centre) And the café was given the same name: HSD café and Brasserie. The owner and I agreed that a hint of the past should be part of the decoration, to bring the best of the past into the future. Outside the entrance of the café is a big, red bus, just like the ones that would take me to school when I was a little girl.


The seating area is partly outside the café, and you can see my art through the windows. Let me show them to you. (part of the text is from a little brochure I made)


“Island solitare”, 100×150 cm

The people of the sea live in an island paradise: 1004 big and small isles, perfect for swimming, scuba-diving, fishing, boating, dreaming…


“Zahlaquay” 100×100 cm

The sea was the main-road, how we connected, travelled. HSD-ships carried people and goods between the towns along Western Norway. This is from the Zahla-quay in Langevåg, Bømlo.



“Siggjo”, 100×150 cm

Every true “Bømling” loves the volcano-shaped mountain. Siggjo, the sea, the seascape and the sun are our favorites. And in the northern most part of the island, Slåtterøy light tower shines it´s light bright, keeping us from going astray.


“Propeller into the future”, 100×100 cm

We´ve lived by and off the sea for centuries. In the industrial age, the shipengine factory was one of the biggest employers. Still today, we excell in propellers! (amoung other offshore things)


“Slåtterøy”, 50×150 cm


“Seascape”, 50×150 cm

All these wonderful people will be working in the café (which now most certainly will be my new favorite hang-out-café)


Inside the rest of the centre, most of the walls are windows into the shops. But there is a long corridor by the toilets, and this is where I made a 360 degrees photo of Bømlo. I collaged around 30 photos together, all taken from the top of Siggjo. It´s 14 meters long! In theory you can see absolutely all 1004 islands in the picture. That was the idea: that everyone living here could find their home-place, maybe even their own house.


I took a snap-photo of these visitors looking at the picture, trying to locate their home. Yay! :-)


The picture from the other end. Since it is so long, it´s more than a little difficult to see what it loos like in 450 pixels-width!


“Bømlo 360 degrees”, 100×1400 cm

(I´ll have to go back and add some more photos to this post, I don´t have photos of the pictures in their right environment after everything else got into place. It´s a bit busy at my end these days)

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The painting gang

By spotogspindel | October 6, 2015

No less than 12 volunteers came to paint the set today! 3 hours and lots of busy activity, and we got SO much done! Not nearly finished, but it´s the closed we´ve ever been 😉 Seriously. Volunteer work is a great thing. Lots of people working and talking, laughing and having fun. It´s quite social, and the results show so quickly.


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cozying the café

By spotogspindel | October 6, 2015

Biggest event today was hanging up all the pictures in the café in the new shopping mall that opens in Bømlo in 3 days.


It takes some time to drill into cement… good thing I had help! I´ll show you all the pictures on Thursday, when the centre opens.

What else? The carpenters mounted the two (and-a-bit) story high set for Peter Pan. I´d share a picture, but there was a big screen hanging in front of it. These get-in-days are always SO exciting – to see your creation build and take shape in front of your eyes! It´s just such an exhilarating feeling! Another thing I can hardly wait to share with you.

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On an ordinary Sunday

By spotogspindel | October 5, 2015

… I have breakfast with my best friend visiting from Svalbard (celebrating my birthday last night), plan an outing to Harry Potter world in London with my nephew, have lunch with my family, glue up a 14 meter long wallpaper in a shopping mall (I´ll tell you more about this later), dinner at a pizza-restaurant again with the family, and the kids running around with balloons (ever so surprised when they pop),have a costume-meeting with the director, and supervise the get-in at the theatre, where we mount other things, figure out how to mount a 8 meter high tree on stage. And in between, plenty of time to relax. Sometimes, I really love my life!


Part one in place!


The beginning of crazy! This is gonna be a whirlwind of a week!

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The Haugesund Health house

By spotogspindel | October 5, 2015

Welcome to the new Health House in Haugesund (Helsehuset). It´s an oasis of service-providers in the centre of town. A big food-store, a post-office, an optician, a physiotherapy-centre, a training-centre, a private hospital and 21 apartments for the elderly. Over 150 people working here, and around 2500 visitor every day! I was so honored when I got the commission to make art for this building!

There are two entrances, form different streets, but the main entrance is from the west, and this big frosted foil decorates the windows there. It´s a two-story high room. Part of the intension was to soften direct sunlight. The motif is a silhouette of Haugesund. Or part of Haugesund anyway. The Risøy-bridge with the two fishermen (an old, well-known statue) and Amanda (a modern statuette given to movie award-winners every year in the annual Norwegian Film Festival.



Below is the foil finished and in place. Unfortunately it´s a bit difficult to see properly.


When you enter the main foajé, there are three textiles hanging from the ceiling. Inspired by fishing-nets, I made three silk nets, sewn together with a golden thread. The nets have the same colors as the staircase-walls, from golden yellow to purple.


“How to catch a mermaid”, silk, thread, 3 pieces of 300×90 cm


The building is 7 stories high, and on each landing in the stairs, I´ve placed a picture. The feature-wall of the staircase changes color for every story. Beginning in the bottom (the garage-floor) with a lemon-yellow. Then it moves on to orange-yellow, orange-red, salmon-pink, cerise-pink, warm purple and finally aubergine. These colors were my guideline for the artwork here.



A street view of Strandgata from around 1920.



I wanted to pay tribute to the city´s history, to all the people who´ve lived here, worked here, loved here… History is not something of the past, it is just something we tend to forget.



Haugesund is still a city with people who live, work and love, a lot of them in the same areas of work. Albeit times have developed the ways. Where is used to be wooden rowing boats with fishermen harvesting the fruits of the sea, now you have an high-tech fleet, supplying the offshore industry who in turn supplies us with oil, gas and fish.



Six nurses on wheels. They were so charming, they just had to be the main focus on the floor of the private hospital.



Another old photo from Haugesund harbor way-back-when. There´s something about sailing-ships, don´t you think?



Haugesund is both mainland, and a couple of nearby islands, attached with bridges, which both are a mian feature in the city-silhouette.




When you´ve reached the 7th floor, you´ve come to the cantina, where all the employees eat. It can also be hired for private parties. The long walls toward the east and west both have windows along , and the view is magnificent. I wanted to add to the feeling of freedom, and added a view towards the south and north too.



The southern wall is just a small one, in the room, where part of the kitchen is hidden. To the north, it is a big wall outdoors, hiding the roof of the next-door hotel. Instead of looking into a dark wall, I made a big picture of 200×300 cm, with a view of the coastline to the north of Haugesund.



This picture is also being used on the key-cards to the building.

All in all, this has been a tremendous honor, and such a fun one to work with too! I do hope all the people working and visiting here every day will appreciate the art here.

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wallpapering the mall

By spotogspindel | October 4, 2015

I have a pretty cool family! They help out, when needed. Especially my Dad. He´s helped me in so many projects, I´ve lost track! Today he, my sister and my brother-in-law helped me with getting up the big wallpaper in HSD.


Me dusting down the wall in preparation.


My brother-in-law added glue to the wall, My sister held the 14 meter roll of textile wallpaper, I did the gluing down, and my Dad went over it, to get out all the air-bubbles. It was a all-action-at-once type of activity, and once we started it went pretty quick.


Finishing touches…


And 20 minutes later: voila! All done!

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Almost ready…

By spotogspindel | September 29, 2015

The past two days I´ve been in Haugesund, at the new Health-house, putting up artwork on the walls and in the ceiling!


On the 7th floor is the cantina for all the employees. Two long walls are covered with windows, I thought I´d add a little bit of a view on the 3rd and 4th wall too.


At the main entrance, I´ve designed a frosted foil with a silhouette of Haugesund. As you can see, not everything is in place yet. They open October 1st, and that´s when I´ll show you all the pictures of how things have turned out :-)

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painting the library

By spotogspindel | September 25, 2015


The pieces of the set are being built, and we´ve started the paint job. They´re fake, as you can see, stanced out in plastic. Painting all the books is gonna take some time. All in all there´s eleven full shelves like this, and then some more with real books. I think we´ve got our work cut out for us the next couple of weeks 😉

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The Girly-girls in Fitjar

By spotogspindel | September 22, 2015

I´ve had the best day! Visiting Fitjar High School and the 9 students in the senior year in Arts and crafts. We spent the whole day together, sewing and chatting. I brought my girly-girls with me, and they all made their own bags, Almost everyone nearly finished… If we´d had another half an hour and some more bias-tape, I think we would have gotten it all done.


It was a bit hectic towards the end, so I only have one close-up photo. I think this might be the girl who was closest to finishing, with only the bottom of her bag left. Two of them made this big bag, the rest made passport-purses. But never mind not completely finishing! The important thing was learning new techniques with the sewing machine (freestyle machine embroidery) and many of them met the serger/overlock for the first time too! And the really fun thing is how personalized everyones girls became. Some of them had a truly unique style.


Such lovely students! I really hope to see them again :-)

I just have to express how happy I am to meet young people who choose to study arts, crafts and textiles! It truly warms my heart!


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