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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fake shakes and cosy covers

By spotogspindel | January 26, 2015

We´re in the last week – Thursday is the opening night of GREASE!

Some of today´s props include making milk-shakes. That is, empty milk-shake-glasses. That still have a hint of milkshake in them. No clean glasses in other words.


I found these funky plastic glasses in a charity-shop, made a mixture of acrylic paint, high-gloss glue and water, poured it in and back out again. Some of it stuck, and hopefully, when it´s dry tomorrow, it might look like the real thing…


The girls have a quick scene-change, and carry this queen bed on stage in seconds. No wheels. How do they do it? The mattress is filled with air! ;-) The cover is also bought second hand, and gives the perfect romantic feel of a young, romantic girl in the 50s.

One of my jobs is to be a stage-technician. Mainly it consists of giving and receiving props, and moving these big steel stair-cases. They´re all on wheels, and fairly easy to move.


This is what it looks like from behind. The carseats from my last backstage-post are done. :-)


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Viking Neptun by night

By spotogspindel | January 17, 2015


We interrupt these backstage theatre reports with a completely different matter. I´m in Ulsteinvik a couple of days to hang a truck-load of pictures. Both my own art, two colleagues art and children´s art. The Christening isn´t until the end of February, but the ship will be at sea until right before, so the decorations had to be done now. Busy-busy, but fun-fun. It´s always good to finish a project. And it´s always great to have my Dad with me to help.

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GREASE: soul food

By spotogspindel | January 17, 2015

Well, maybe it downs´t exactly look like real soul food just yet. But it a good beginning.


Props include food, and there is a lot of food in Grease. School cafeteria food including macaroni and beans. One portion will be edible, the rest are just for show. The ingredient are both still dry, and mixed together by high-gloss glue. Still need some paint, but it´s a good beginning.

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GREASE: palm-leaf-extensions

By spotogspindel | January 17, 2015


One of the props in GREASE is fake palm trees. The designer decided to use foil-palms. When they arrived, the were a bit smaller than we anticipated, so today´s task was to make palm-tree-leaf-extensions! Using a few simple materials, above: cellophane, wire, tape and plastic.


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Grease is the word

By spotogspindel | January 15, 2015

Rubbestadneset high school students have been working all fall with the letters, welding and adding lights. To sort them, the lighting designer “laid” them all out in the seats.


Starting to mount them onto the metal frame.


They will look so cool with lights in them!



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By spotogspindel | January 14, 2015

You may think I´ve quit blogging, you may think I have nothing to write about. Truth is, I´m working more than normal, with so much to do at GREASE, there is no time left. And when iPhoto is totally screwed, and I can´t upload my photos, it seems like less interesting to read. Anyway. I´m still here!

Last week I upholstered the car-seats/backseats. 5 independent carseats on their own wheels. Perfect for dancing and a hassle to make. Leatherette may feel soft when you touch it, but it is hard to sew. And it sticks to the sewing machine!


Nonetheless, carseats it is! Sewing a little cord into the fabric to make it look more like a carseat than a sofa….


Luckily I had som muscle-help. While I was sewing, Motejus and Øyvind were helping me.



Mounting it all together, we were all pulling and stretching together, trying to make it as tight as possible, trying not to rip the leatherette.


5 colors, wood, foam and leatherette. It took almost 4 days to make. That is at least one day too long. But at least they are looking pretty good on stage.


The metal-work is done by students at Stord High School.

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Backstage GREASE

By spotogspindel | January 6, 2015

January is GREASE-month in Haugesund! We all started yesterday, in all our different fields, on stage, back stage… like the theatre director says: it´s like a family-reunion, now that everyone is back! I want to share with you part of the process in the making of GREASE, but I´m having problems loading photos to my travel-Mac. Luckily I can do even better than photos today: a tv-sequence with an interview with Torleif the stagemanager and me on props, the second day into the GREASE-month of January. The set is designed by Takis, a greek living in London, it´s been produced in Lithuania (and Norway). Due to stormy seas in the Baltic, the set arrived a bit late yesterday afternoon, and 3 Lithuanians, helped by a couple of Norwegians, has managed to put together most of the 5 tons of steel that make this set. It is looking SO cool already! I´ve already mentioned the students at Rubbestadneset who have been working on the marquee-letters. Some other students at Stord have welded the car-seats seen in the video. And me, the past two days, I´ve been working on the textile part of the seats. (Sewing in leatherette, however soft it may seem, is heavy! And it sticks to the sewing machine. Argh! ) But it will all look very nice tomorrow night I hope. Well, enough with the talking, let´s roll some film:

TV Haugaland

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2014 highlights

By spotogspindel | January 1, 2015

A new year is here, and I want to take time to celebrate some of my favorite memories from the year that´s gone. Here are some of my highlights:

January: PERPLEKS, costume-design for Perpleks at Rogaland Teater. In June, it wins Hedda for best show!


February: Optiship, reception art for a new shipping company.


March: The biggest highlight of the year, was Nikolas being born, our grandchild. But work-wise, the exhibition Familylife in the lighthouses was also born. It´d been a pregnancy of 1,5 years, so it was certainly due! This exhibition will be on the road the rest of the year.


April: Svalbard, my most exotic travel ever.


May: This year I am a part-time student of Textile-culture


June: King Kødd, a fairytale with a twist, premiers in Oslo with my costume-design.


July: Stril Luna, Møkster Shipping, built in Spain, filled with arctic art…


August: a friend visits from the USA, and we travel through Hordaland to check out some of the national treasures.


September: Tau-exhibition and the tote bag from Tou


October: Teaching scenography to teacher students making a fantasy-opera called The shamer´s daughter


November: My international art-exhibition debut at Bovbjerg, Denmark.


And finally back at Haugesund Teater, making props and a house for Pippi Long stocking


December: My student work, the homemade male lace bra!


Let´s all hope 2015 will be a more peaceful year internationally, where understanding and tolerance can blossom. Let´s also hope it brings with it just as many creative tasks and commissions.

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Christmas fun 2014

By spotogspindel | December 28, 2014

Happy Christmas to you all! Since the eve has come and gone, and presents are given and received, I guess I can safely share a couple of the gifts I made.

Our oldest girl wished for sofa-cushions, pale with silver stars on them. She had seen them in a magazine, but couldn´t find them in any shops. So I made some for her. I used acrylic paint on textile, partly because I haven´t found a good metallic paint for fabric, and partly because it´s not something she will be washing all that often.


For our Grandkid, I knitted this alpaca wool sweater. Here I used fabric paint, to stamp on the polar bear. I made the stamp for another project a few years ago, it´nice to reuse them on totally different projects.


Ok, the next gift I didn´t make. But I sure took a long time to to wrap it! I´m guessing you can guess what it is ;-) And I can tell you, it was a big success! He loves being cowboy, riding the horse!


On the second day of Christmas we got snow! The very first snow for our 9 month old Grandkid. Grandpa had to take him out on the sleigh, and went round and round and round in the garden.


(These lazy days between the holidays, I´ve already started the production of next years gifts. I have to make a better effort at making gifts, and avoiding buying them, especially when I actually can make them. )

I do hope you are enjoying the Christmas days just as much as I am.

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Merry Christmas!

By spotogspindel | December 25, 2014


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