Janne Robberstad

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Sri Lankan wheel of color

By spotogspindel | July 31, 2015

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Another photo-safari experiment can be looking at colors. I made this little color-wheel with photos from Sri Lanka. Again a very good “treasure-hunt” photo-safri to do with kids to make them more aware. (Though usually it´s the grown-ups that need to sharpen their awareness of their surroundings)

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photosafari

By spotogspindel | July 31, 2015

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Sometimes when I go on a photo-safari, I start noticing one certain thing that shows up again and again. Yesterday it was circles. Or round shapes. It´s a fun experiment to do with children as well, almost like a treasure hunt! Oh, and the last one, doesn´t it look just like Kenny from South Park? :-)

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Nothing is impossible

By spotogspindel | July 27, 2015

“Nothing is impossible – it just takes a little longer time”

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My Dad´s motto hand embroidered on linen, and the beginning of a picture. The font is actually a font I found online and liked; it´s supposed to look handwritten. Although now that it is embroidered, it might look a bit TOO handmade… Workdays now are filled with trying to get as much done as possible for next summer´s exhibition, as I know fall will be busy.

It´s been a lovely, domestic weekend, with summer and barbecuing in the garden with the family. And strawberries! I bought a whole box. It´s been years since I made jam myself, but it tastes so much better than the store-bought one, so I thought I´d have a go at it.

 

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And you know what?

It really was delicious 😉

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downsize

By spotogspindel | July 24, 2015

Today´s 10-minute work-break-project was to downsize a big, knitted sweater. I am a relatively cold person, as in I freeze alot. So whenever I can get my hands on some real good and warm wool, I´ll  jump at the possibility. This wonderfully soft and fuzzy mohair/wool sweater I found at H&M on sale for a third of the usual prize. Downside: it was size XXL. I´m not that big. Not nearly.

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BUT I do have an overlock (serger), and in 10 minutes I had cut off excess fabric/knit, made new seams and voilá! A new, warm sweater size S! The great thing about the overlock is that it can both cut and sew all in one go. Below is a little  sketch to show how I cut away (the arms were way too long too).

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And this evening my niece and nephew and I had our third creative date. My nephew wanted to learn how to embroider. And since that is what I am going to be doing a lot of this fall and winter, it was a perfect opportunity for me to see how they took my instructions, and what I needed to adjust. The hardest thing to remember is which way the stitch goes. And how to turn. I can actually remember that from when my Mom was teaching me, how I needed help in turning.

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My nephew wanted to make a football. We found a simple drawing online and traced it to the stramei-cloth.

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Even thought the form may be simple,, it´s actually quite advanced to sew all those lines going here and there. But just like his aunt, you can tell the concentration is there, when the tongue sticks out 😉

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the big squid

By spotogspindel | July 24, 2015

Today I was back at Hemmingstad theatre to finish the BIG octopus. Or the kraken, if you´d prefer. The costume will be worn  by an actor naturally. But at one point in the show, a giant octopus-arm will come in on the stage. It´s about 4 meters long.

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We´d already printed the pattern on the purple fabric in June (with a self-made stamp). Today I got the bottom-half of the fabric, and sew down the tentacles between two layers of the fabric. The shape itself was made in foam by a furniture-carpenter. Two meters into the arm there is a long plastic pole, so one can operate the arm. But I have to admit, it´s a bit heavy.

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After the pieces were sewn together, I spray-painted the underside, to even out the borders and to make it more 3D. Looking at the before and after pictures, I am sure you can agree there is a certain improvement in “jelly-ness”.

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Back at home, my niece and nephew visited for the daily summer-holiday-craft-workshop. Tonight we made wine-cork mirror-frames. The frames are from IKEA in raw wood. This was originally my nephew´s wish to make. He started collecting corks half a year ago, and had 11. For a frame this size they needed about 30 corks. Good thing I still have a collection.

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I think they were both surprised at how much muscle-work it is to cut the corks in half. They were also a bit nervous about the very sharp knives. Wise kids. And the glue-gun. They aren´t allowed to use it in school because it´s so dangerous. But they handled it perfectly and didn´t get burned once. (Which is more than I can say for myself)

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Two happy kids with new mirror-frames. Coming back tomorrow for a new project.

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upcycling

By spotogspindel | July 23, 2015

You know how you´re supposed to be working, but then the weather is so nice and you just really, really want to do something else? Like upcycle some stuff you´ve been collecting in the basement? 😉

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This old table I got from the theatre. It´s been standing like this in my living room, but the idea from the start was to paint it bright pink. What I like about it, is that it´s all hard wood.

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I started by painting the legs. Putting the table upside down, I painted 3 strokes of paint before turning it around, doing the top. The paint was quite runny, so I had to keep going back, preventing it from making running-marks in the paint.

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Last week, I found this American mailbox in a charity-shop. It´s totally going to be  this years Christmas-present to my middle sister! She´s kind of crazy for anything American. So I primed it, and painted it bright turquoise. I´ll be adding some details to it later on, but at least the base is now in place.

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What else did I find in my basement? Well, to be honest, the little night-table I found in my sister´s basement. I used to live in her house when she was too young to live there herself. And I have a vague memory of buying this at a flea-market. I don´t know how old it is, but it´s all hard wood, and by the looks of it (in the back) it´s homemade. My bet is that it´s at least 60 years old, probably older.

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The chest is also all wood. But of a poorer quality. I got this from a friend of mine, who´d gotten it from an old school. It was used by the school-band to store clarinets in! I knid of really like the color it already has, but it needed a good scrub. Also I did paint the inside. Both to seal the dirt I couldn´t wash off, and to get rid of the smell of basement… I want to add wheels to it, and use it for kid´s costumes.

Summer is also family-time. We spent the weekend with our oldest girl and her baby boy who´s not a baby anymore!

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Look at this charmer! He´s is truly enjoying the perks of summer: watermelons are his favorite! And bathing in a pool!

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My oldest niece and nephew visited today, and we had a jewelry-workshop. I showed them how to make make little links around the beads, and how to put them together, and they were both keen students. At first it was a bit difficult, but once they got the hang of it, they were very eager. And once I can find the fasteners tomorrow, they will both have new bracelets!

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… and more men

By spotogspindel | July 23, 2015

Still more men in the making. Dozens of them. I am making the panties for the bra I made for my Textile-culture exam.

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I outlined the patten form a pair of panties I already had, but am not sure if this size will fit anyone, as the elasticity is less in the embroidery than in the lycra lace of store-bought panties.

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Finally finished. Now all that remains is to put it in water, and see the fabric disappear! :-)

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In a break I made this new passport-purse. My old one broke in Sri Lanka, and I haven´t gotten around to making a new one until today. The ribbon on the top is a Japanese kimono-fabric, I think I got that in San Francisco  3-4 years ago. The Japanese embroidery was a small silk embroidered picture I found at a local charity-shop. And the bottom ribbon, I think I got in France years ago. It´s nice to finally put some of all my stash to use!

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Since I finished the men, I got started on a new piece. So far all I know is the title:

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There are so many remnants from all the needlepoint embroidery pieces I´m working with, that I decided to make a piece just from the remnants. It´ll be called JUST ADD COLOR.

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In the evening my friend Anne came to visit. She´s just bought a new apartment and needed a big piece of art in the living room. I found a big canvas, we put on some music and got started with the paint and the spatulas…. four hours later we were finished.

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This piece is very much inspired by the artist Alf Ertsland, who paints in oil, and gets a depth to his paintings we can only dream about. But still, we were happy with the result, and I am looking forward to seeing it on her wall.

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Men, men, men

By spotogspindel | July 21, 2015

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Men in the making. Freestyle machine embroidery on water-soluable fabric. Time to get some serious work done!

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It´s been a while since the last time I did these, and it´s nice to get the feel in my fingers again, and to get a sense of the time-frame. These guys took me about 4 hours to make.

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You can already see that none of them look the same, they all have their own personality. But once I dissolve the fabric, that personality will become even more apparent. There is simply no way to totally predict with this technique. Which is part of what I am fascinated by.

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Creating in Mexico?

By spotogspindel | July 21, 2015

If you happen to have some vacation to spare, and love to create, I can totally recommend this workshop in Mexico in February! I am happy and proud to be friends with both Michelle and Sunny, and they are an amazing duo of colorful creativity! Such wonderful people both of them.

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And in Mexico! Mexico is so much more, and so much different, than what is portrayed in the news. I was there four years ago, and was mesmerized by the beauty, the colors, the history… and the lovely, warm weather :-)

 

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Berit and the lobsters

By spotogspindel | July 17, 2015

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A commissioned picture for a dear relative. Lobster-season is between October 31st and December 31st, so these pictures are from last fall. The final picture is 40×80 cm.

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