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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suspended hipsters

By spotogspindel | April 20, 2016

Another hipster done.


I found this 60s suspender-briefs at a flee-market years ago, and they´ve been lying around just waiting for me to put them to use.


They are a bit to big for the mannequin, but hopefully you can see them all right.


Topics: Art, embroidery, redesign, textile | 1 Comment »

the little Eco-Ninja

By spotogspindel | April 19, 2016

Time to finish the little Eco-Ninja-costume! After a few alterings, this is what it will look like. It´s been so interesting to be a part of this process, an active part, contributing with both my knowledge of textile and costumes, but also about the sustainability of textiles. And my teaching-experience comes in handy too. You gotta love a project that stimulates all your interests!


Working with the stamps, one for each element.


Sewing the costume together.


The finished costume. It had to be kept super-easy, so you can make it even without much sewing-experience. So now the costume is a poncho-tunic with an emblem and a belt. The kids themselves will help stamp the elements on the emblem as they learn about the environment throut the theatre-project.


Topics: Costumedesign, Diverse, teaching, textile | 1 Comment »

hipsters suspended

By spotogspindel | April 18, 2016

How to make your very own hipster-knicker:


You take one pair of vintage suspender-knickers from the late 60s.


You find a couple of portrait-photos of some cool hipsters, and draw them onto the water-souble-fabric.


Sew. A lot. Freestyle machine embroidery. In a slightly darker color than the vintage fabric.


After the algaenat is gone, you´re left with the hipster on the hip. On the up-side: the hipsters are kinda cool. On the down-side: all the elastic in the elastic-bands turned up D.O.A. and need to be replaced. Also it is very difficult to transfer a design onto elastic fabric, without there turning up wrinkles in the strangest places.


All in all though, I think the hipsters are here to stay! 😉

Topics: Art, embroidery, embroidery redesign, redesign, textile | 1 Comment »

the embroidered car!

By spotogspindel | April 17, 2016


How fun is this?!

A go-kart-car was delivered on my doorstep yesterday, to be embellished with embroidery! All for the exhibition, and commissioned by the museum. Hopefully it will be an eye-catcher at the entrance. But before that, I intend to have a lot of fun making it! The car itself is made by Paul Venaas.


I´ve been collecting these embroideries from charity-shops for over two years now. Most of them I have been able to recycle into new textiles. But some of them have been glued down to cardboards before being framed. And some of the cardboard has stuck to the textile, when I peeled it off. I haven´t been able to use them… until now!


As you can see I use a lot of glue too, covering the wood in wood-glue/PVA-glue. That way the textiles really stick. Can´t have them falling off when the go-kart is speeding down a lane in a race!


I don´t know if you can see it, but the front is 3-dimentional, where the middle part is framed.


Ok, my part is done. I can hardly wait to see it mounted back together again!

Topics: Diverse, textile | 2 Comments »

How to catch a mermaid

By spotogspindel | April 16, 2016


The new net is done, ready for mermaid-fishing. Lots of gold, powder-pinks and amber.

Topics: textile | 1 Comment »

new net

By spotogspindel | April 15, 2016

Finding the perfect shades to attract a mermaid…


Sewing them down, 4 cm apart, on the water-soluble fiber…


And sewing some more…


And some more…


Hopefully I´ll finish tomorrow, adding all the seams of gold on the net. Three seams for every piece of fabric, for over 3 meters. It´s taking it´s time. So I am very much looking forward to seeing how it turns out when I wash the algae-fiber away.

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By spotogspindel | March 31, 2016

In a charity-shop I found an embroidered version of Jean-François Millet´s painting called The Gleaners (1857). It depicts three peasant women gleaning a field of stray grains of wheat after the harvest.


I wanted to use it for something special, and decided to use it for the Elizabethan corset I´ve had in my mind for the embroidery exhibition. In many ways this was the first idea, that sparked the whole exhibition. I was thinking about how embroidery was one of the very few activities women were allowed to do, besides the house-chores. In many ways you could argue that embroidery was also work, but the excess of it, the details, the esthetics, the abundance of it, exceeds the bare necessities. So I thought, in a way this was one of the few ways women actually could express themselves creatively: by embroidering. And then I thought, well, maybe for some women it was just that, a means of self-expression. But to other women, it might just as well have been a straight-jacket of an activity. If they hated embroidery, yet it was the only activity allowed… So I decided I needed to make a corset as a symbol for both sides of the story. The shape is restraining and uncomfortable. The mere esthetics of it, the will to make your surroundings cosy and decorated with a homely and decorative embroidery, as a symbol of the means of self-expression.


When I finally came across this motif of the Gleaners, I thought that it fitted perfectly into my theme: women doing the boring, tedious work, invisible both before and after, and therefore ungrateful. But necessary and economic and important. Just like women of all ages have taken the role of the invisible, yet responsible, domestic house- and home-keeper.


I managed to get half of the picture in front, and the other half in the back. Unfortunately it doesn´t fit any of my mannequins, so I´ll have to find one that shows off the shape better than this. But you can still see how the back-pieces match up pretty well, even though 2 cm disappeared in the seam-allowance.


I don´t know how many gleaners are left in this part of the world. But as I am reading more and more about ecology, I am also becoming aware of the necessity of showing moderation and appreciation of the gifts bestowed us by the earth. I think I might have to start gardening again. At least for some vegetables and herbs. I learned so many of these things when I was a child, but haven´t practiced it for years.


Work-in-progress: Lots of hand-seewing on the inside, my fingers were sore for days afterwards, working with this hard, layered cotton.


Topics: embroidery, embroidery redesign, redesign, textile | 2 Comments »

Anne´s picture

By spotogspindel | March 30, 2016


“Life will”, 70×140 cm 

A commissioned picture for a doctor´s office.

Topics: Art | 1 Comment »

Circles and squares

By spotogspindel | March 24, 2016

I just have to share with you the wonderful collages my niece and nephew made after yesterday´s photo-safari. One of the assignments were to choose a form and see how many versions they could find of it nearby. He choose circles, and she choose squares.


When we got back to the house, I taught them how to copy, paste, cut and scale, and they made these collages. They´re aged 10 and 12, had never ever touched Photoshop, and have had their cameras since Christmas. I think they´re pretty awesome. Both the pictures and the kids :-)


Topics: Diverse, teaching | 3 Comments »

redesigned embroidered corset

By spotogspindel | March 22, 2016

Today´s embroidery-project is making a redesigned embroidered corset. Or even better yet: up-cycled! I finally decided on which old embroidery to use (and found another that kind of matches for the side-parts)


It´s been a couple of years since I last made a corset and I can´t find my pattern, so I´m winging it (Yikes, I probably shouldn´t admit that!).


Re-drawing the pattern from an Elizabethan corset I made a decade ago, seeing where the boning is, and …well, just getting it done. I´m hoping it´s still “in my bones” after all these years, I did sew quite a bit of them for Les Miserables (albeit a different pattern).


I did take some time off with a couple of my favorite kids too, it is Easter after all. They got cameras for Christmas, and today we went on a photo-safari! I gave them different assignments, connected with shapes and color and texture, and we were really on a discovery-tour in one of my favorite ship-docks.


And treat of all treats: Ecoscenography posted on their website about my set-design for the Salmon Surveyor. So proud and so humble and so inspired to continue down that road of sustainable design! (click picture for link)


Topics: embroidery redesign | 1 Comment »

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