Janne Robberstad

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By spotogspindel | November 5, 2014


An article written in Strandbuen about my flour-bags.

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Marita´s picture

By spotogspindel | November 5, 2014


A picture I made for a private customer. She wanted to picture to include hearts, a ship, a storm and a family-photo. The challenging part was the hearts, which we solved together by discussing them as clouds. As always, there are a lot of details lost in this mini-version compared to the big print of 60×90 cm, like the old weathered wooden seahouse-wall and the old documents.

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Family in the lighthouses goes to Denmark!

By spotogspindel | November 4, 2014


Sunday is the opening of my very first international art exhibition! I am shipping the Family-life in the lighthouses to Bovbjerg lighthouse on the west coast of Denmark. Along with some other artworks for a sales-exhibition. I am thrilled, humbled, excited and a little bit scared!

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Pippi Longstocking

By spotogspindel | November 2, 2014

Saturday November 1st was the premiere of “Pippi Long-stocking” If you by chance haven´t read this classic tale of the world´s strongest girl, written by Astrid Lindgren in the 1950s, you should! I think all Scandinavian children know this fun character, it´s part of our upbringing.


Haugesund Theatre´s version is fun-filled, with fun music and smart choreography, and lots of humor, both for kids and grown-ups. In the scene above, Pippi has fled onto the roof of her house from the police. They have come to put her into an orphanage, but since she can´t bring her horse and her monkey with her, she decides she doesn´t want to move!


Mrs. Prusseluski, chairman of the social services decides adopting her might be a better solution, after all, she is a very strong girl, and she can help out with heavy house-chores… Pippi gracefully declines.


When Pippi learns only children who go to school can have  summer-holidays, she decides to start school. After all, it´s only fair that she too gets a holiday! One of the brilliantly choreographed scenes.


Another great choreography is when she attends a coffee-party at her neighbors. All the really posh people are there, and she wants to make a good impression.


Finally her father arrives, a real pirate! One of my tasks for this production was to design and make his costume. His accordion hides a lot of the details in his 17th century-inspired costume. But you can clearly see when’re Pippi gets her outstanding braids from ;-)

Translated by Jostein Kirkeby-Garstad
Pippi           Ina Maria Brekke
Tommy       Trygve Fjeldheim Hovelsen
Annika        Ane Gaard Hansen
Adolf/Child/Fru.Granberg/Dukkefører      Martin Leines
Manager/Police/child/mrs      Øystein Kausrud
Police/Fru Zettergren/barn     Elin Gunnarsdotter Sandvik
Mrs Pryselius       Linn Løvvik
Mom/the Teacher Elise Berg-Hansen
Captain Langstrømpe/accordion     Halvor Lillesund
Team Nilsson:
Tristen       Clara-Sofie Bauer-Nilsen
Sjørøvere, skolebarn, markedsbarn, barn….Lily Ane Birkeland, Sarah T. Bjørndal, Eva Victoria Didriksen Leland, Shanin Svendsen, Marie Væhle Balchen, Lisbeth Væhle Balchen, Eline Skogøy, Vilde Bertelsen, Jonas Braut

team Gubben:
Tristen       Eiolf-Leander Haugsnes Vedøy
Sjørøvere, skolebarn, markedsbarn, barn….Samira Johnsen Roth, Oda Gaard Hansen, Maria Vik,Sarah T. Bjørndal, Anna Marie Kåda Lie, Gjertrud Helene Kåda Lie, Maria Kolseth Johnsen, Kristina Romseland, Mathias Aase.

Creative team:
Director  Jostein Kirkeby-Garstad
Scenography  Bjørn Grønnerød
Costumedesign   Mia Koch
Costumedesign, “Kaptein Langstrømpe” Janne Robbestad
Music Jens Thoresen
Sound    Stig Morten Sørheim
Light    Joakim Foldøy
Makeup       Anne Stålegård
Director assistent      Vilde Lundal Rossebø
Dancecaptain     Elise Berg-Hansen

Stagemaster   Mie Moe Gofjeld
Technical Stagemaster       Torleif Helvik
wardrobe/props         Janne Robbestad
Vocal rehearsal         Ingvill Halsnes Århus
Sound & digital landscape Kirkeby og Parmann
Produktionsleader         Monika S. Bjerke

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Etched art

By spotogspindel | November 2, 2014

Bømlo Art group organized a workshop last weekend with the multi-talented artist Jan Terje Rafdal.


A big success, a full workshop of eager students and an engaging teacher.


My aluminum plate, with the motif etched into it: a landscape from the northern part of Bømlo, where the naked rock faces meets the sea. And  a first trial-print.


Jan Terje also taught us how to make our own printing-paste. Here he´s making a brown paste made from dried marsh, taken from the mountains in Etne, which happens to be a favorite motif of his.


Some of all the prints made during the two days. Some of them made with both 2 and 3 different plates/layers/colors.

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Fake cake, mock muffin

By spotogspindel | November 1, 2014

Phew! Life has been incredibly hectic the past weeks! Tomorrow we premiere Pippi Longstocking in Haugesund Theatre. I´ve been organizing costumes, props and parts of the set. Most of it borrowed from other theaters, and a few newly-made things. Including a big table filled with cakes. Those of you who know me, know that I´m not much of a kitchen-wiz. But this time I´ve had a chance to make a fake cake and mock muffins, and that´s something totally different!


The mock-muffins is made with expansive building foam squirted into little paper-cups. Once dry, I painted a mix of yellow and orange acrylic paint, leaving parts of the foam unpainted. I found a muffin-plate in a charity-shop, and voliá! a Mock-muffin-tower!


At the same charity-shop I found an old aluminum cake-form. Instead of using it to mold a cake in, I painted the form itself, with the same yellow and orange acrylic paints. The “cream” around the bottom is expanding building foam, and the decoration on the top is a textile coronation. In order for it to look like jello, maybe I should have added a layer of high-gloss varnish. Now it looks more like mousse. At least from a distance. :-)


A photo from the cake-party-scene. The other cakes are made by other prop-makers, and are made with styrofoam, spongy-foam, silicon and textiles.

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write an opera!

By spotogspindel | October 22, 2014

Write an opera in 4 weeks! Based on the fantasy-book “The Shamer´s daughter”, the teacher-students at HSH in arts and craft and in music  are working together in this project. The process is quick, but thorough. Lots of things going on at all times. We are 3 teachers, guiding the 40 students through the creative process.


The first week was about general information and creative ideas. We´re already in the second week, and this week it´s time to get to work! My 8 arts and crafts students are in charge of costumes, set, props, makeup, poster and program. Above Leif Kristian is taking measurements for the costumes.


And Signe is efficiently cutting styrofoam into blocks to use in part of the set. The story is set in a parallel universe, which strongly resembles our middle ages, with big stone-castles, dungeons and dragons! So obviously we need to make at least part of the stone-castle. Below Victoria, Lene and Signe are learning tricks of the trade in making a big, sturdy and life-like castle-look-alike!


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The self-proclaimed colorist!

By spotogspindel | October 21, 2014

Report from Pippi-land: The house is getting most of it´s details in place. It´s taken some time, but I thought it might be worth it once I started painting.


Which I did tonight! What a yummy palette to play with! Pippi´s house is yellow, and since we are builing a small version, with twisted proportions (and just because I love playing with mixing colors) I wanted to use the colors as part of the optical illusion of a much bigger and longer house.


Quite yellow in the front, gradually getting darker, from a pink-rusty color to cinnamon-purple. And all the while, when I am painting, I am thinking, “I am a colorist!” I love color. Simple as that.


I had already made the windows, so once the walls had their color, I could add the green windows. It´s starting to look like a pretty cool home, huh?!


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the big book

By spotogspindel | October 17, 2014

“I like big books, and I cannot lie… trall-la-la-la-la…”


If you´ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I make my own calendar-books. This time I wanted to go up a bit in size to a 15×20 cm (ca 5×7 inches). A big, bold and beautiful girly-girl on the front cover. The back-spine is red leather.


And the inside is made of a Teesha-inspired binding. All the pages are pre-painted before binding, including a lot of collage as well. Ready bound it´s about 7 cm/3 inches thick. It covers the end of October to the end of May., so about half a year. It would simply be too big to carry around if I´d added any more months into it.


To keep it from fanning out, I´ve added a ribbon to tie it together when traveling.


The back is decorated with a bird. It started out as a raven, but I think it might have developed into a tropical bird of some sorts. In short he needed some color :-)


I´ve used a lot of collage-sheets from ARTstronauts by Theesha and Tracy Moore. Totally worth subscribing to their website art-club. Below is one of the pages, already starting to fill up with engagements.


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By spotogspindel | October 12, 2014

This weekend is the big birdhouse-day! The art-guerilia is had a creative family-get-together on Saturday where we´ll all make birdhouses. Sunday, we´ll take a walk in nature and hang them all up, inviting the birds to move in.


This is my birdhouse. My Dad built it for me (Times are so busy!) and I decorated it. I decided to use petit-point embroidery. Sewn with woolen thread, I have heaps of these old embroidered crafts lying around, waiting for me to get to work on my next big creative adventure. Just need to get some work done first. Above it is still work in progress. Using wood-glue, I stuck down the textiles and pinned them in place until it was all dry.


Open day at the culture house. I think there must have been 60-70 people there. We ran out of material, and had to get more.


Such a good thing to see, generations building something together. The parents helped, and the children got to hammer the houses together, and paint of course!


Some of the finished inspirational houses.


This boy worked so concentrated with his painting, he was just fascinating to watch :-)


A few of the finished houses, airing for the paint to dry before they are hung in the trees by the tour-trail in Stongervåg.

Now even the birds have designer homes! ;-)

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