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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By spotogspindel | December 25, 2014


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shorttravelled food

By spotogspindel | December 22, 2014

You´ve heard of the phrase short-travelled food, I am sure. The idea is to eat food which is grown near where you live, and save the environment from pollution from extensive travels the food takes. A pretty good idea! Well, as it so happens, I just bought my Christmas dinner from my neighbor! I walked 500 meters, visiting my neighbor, and bought some “pinnekjøtt” from him. Pinnekjøtt is dried sheep-ribs. You soak them in water for a full day (or two), and steam them for 3-4 hours. It might seem like an odd thing to eat for dinner, but it is seriously my favorite food! And now, that I can eat the sheep, I can actually see gracing o the fields from my window, it feels double as good. Born, raised, lived, slaughtered, prepared, and eaten all within less than a square mile. How cool! I have to start eating honey as well, so I can get that from him too. Yum!

(photo from 123.no)
Pinnekjøtt is served with boiled potatoes, and a carrot & rutabaga-puree. More than a third of Norwegians eat this for Christmas, most of them from the Western part of Norway. The national majority eats pork ribs, and some eat fresh cod. (Mainly in the North)

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Christmas decorations

By spotogspindel | December 21, 2014

Karoline sent me the link to this article in The Guardian about Yiwu, the Chinese village that produces 60% of the world´s Christmas-decorations.


Photograph: Imaginechina/Rex

I think the images are so captivating, I just had to share with you! Season-workers come here and work all year to mass-produce all sorts of decoration.


Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Lots of the ornaments are cute, nice, beautiful, and others are probably not.


Photograph: Imaginechina/Rex

As an artist I really appreciate home-made/hand-made decorations. And as a counterpart to the mass-production, I thought I´d share an easy way to make a lovely hanging garland.


I first made a heart shape I liked, and used it as a pattern on several silk-fabrics in my favorite colors. Old saris, vintage ribbons, new silk brocades… cut into hearts. I use a recycled silk sari fabric-yarn to bind them together.


I lay down one heart on the sewing machine table, put the fabric-yarn over it, then a layer of cotton-filling (I´ve actually used cotton-pads here), and finally another heart on top of the “sandwich”. Finally I freestyle machine-embroider the hearts together. The fabric-thread comes out at the bottom, and after 3-5 inches it´s time for another heart. I just sew along the thread randomly. And I also sew around the hearts´ edges 2-4 times in a whimsical way. The design is meant to be a bit quirky :-)


SO there you have it! Three ranks of hanging hearts. Lots of love  in every stitch! :-)


At the bottom I used a sari-covered, wooden bead I once bought at Etsy.


As you can see, I´ve used the red color-scale, from peach and orange to pink and red. I made mine for Christmas, but keep them up all year, as the colors blend naturally in with the rest of my interior. You can of course make yours in your very own favorite colors. If you don´t live near a fabric store that can supply you with yummy silks, you can of course choose other fabrics. I am sure they would look good both in bright, patterned cottons, or hazy tweed-wool.  Or you can find silk treasures on both eBay and Etsy.

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Painting with kids

By spotogspindel | December 19, 2014

The annual paint-a-gift-for-Dad-workshop was yesterday. This is Edvard´s 3. annual picture, and he wanted to paint with a brush, and not at all with his fingers. I was quite impressed with how clean and neat he was, didn´t get a smear of paint on himself!  He also painted a tree-baulb for me, which is now a treasured ornament on my tree <3


Baby Elisabeth had two firsts yesterday. She´s 10 months now, and loved putting her hand in the paint and seeing what happened when she put her hand on the canvas. Her second first was getting a caramel lollypop. Nobody – NOBODY – could take that away from her! :-D


One helpful and creative parent (my sister) and guest Rebecca also made some beautiful things.


Here are their finished paintings, both 20×20 cm, acrylic on canvas.


You think Dad is gonna be happy?! ;-)


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marquee move

By spotogspindel | December 17, 2014


The marquee letters are done! The students who made them are leaving for their holiday, and we gathered them all up and moved them to the theatre. January 2nd we start putting it all together. Exciting times ahead! But first a couple of weeks filled with familiy, friends, food and Christmas. :-)

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a green Christmas

By spotogspindel | December 15, 2014

We´ve been a quick couple of days to London, to help our youngest girl move back home to Norway. Two days of fun, followed by a really early morning with 7 suitcases, 2 bags, 2 nets and 2 big purses. Phew! It was good to be there, and good to get home! (London is always a treat!)


And the very next day, the whole family went to Tysnes to get our Christmas trees. In the traditional west-coast pouring rain! Yes, I do believe it´s going to be a green Christmas. Luckily Santa showed up this year too, as always, in the barn, waiting for his porridge and handing out candy to the kids.


The girls are coming tomorrow, so we thought we´d get things ready for them. It´ll be another couple of good days with present-making and cake-baking and other preChristmas activities. And while we were at it, all of a sudden, the Christmas tree was in, and decorated! It doesn´t really look all that much, but it is kind of a nice tree. And as always, it makes me so happy just looking at the tree. Hanging all the ornaments from dear friends, and souvenirs from places I´ve been. It´s a trip down memory lane every single year. Loving it! :-)


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recycled pillow

By spotogspindel | December 15, 2014


From table to couch. I found this old handwoven tablecloth in a charity-shop a while back, and have been wanting to make a little pillow for my couch. I found the perfect inner-pillow with feathers, and it was quick to se it together along the sides in the back, turn it, and sew together the sides. I made sure the seam was in the middle on the back, so the main motif would be centered in front. The muted colors in the wool make it look really nice against the brown leather in the couch. Recycling and reupholstering is a good way to renew ones interior!

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concertina photoalbum

By spotogspindel | December 8, 2014

I´m back at prop-making again. Tonight it´s a small one. A fake vintage concertina photo-album. _MG_1062

The cover made of leather, with two hearts carved into it (cut and sewn). And the inside filled with luscious sailors. All of Frenchy´s sweethearts. Frenchy in Grease, that is. :-)


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The lacy underwear

By spotogspindel | December 7, 2014

What is this, you say? Lacy underwear? Where? All I can see are two men! Two men? What are they doing here?


No, there are more! Many more!


Freestyle machine-embroidered faces. Some with beards, some with glasses, some with mustaches, some bald, all men.


Why, it´s a bra! From a distance it may look like your ordinary black, lace bra. But up close you see all the male faces. They´ve all been embroidered freestyle on water-soluble fabric, pieced together into this delicate piece of underwear.


Even the straps are all male faces, one on top of the other.


What are all the men doing on a piece of female underwear, you ask? Well. My initial question was: who is all this so called sexy underwear for? Is it primarily a practical clothing for the wearer, or is it first and foremost a temptation for the admirers of the wearer? (I guess you can tell what my answer would be!)


Making lace by working with freestyle machine embroidery on water-soluble fabric was the self-chosen theme at the Textile Culture course. This undergarment is the final project in my experimentation, and also my exam.

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Grease – kick-off

By spotogspindel | December 6, 2014


Time flies! It´s already been almost a week since the GREASE kickoff on Monday! Such a great gang I´ll be working with the next couple of months! This is from the first read-through. I´ve spent the week finding props and sorting costumes.

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