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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printing workshop

By spotogspindel | September 25, 2014

One of the fun projects that will go throughout the year, is visiting a arts and crafts class at one of the local schools. It will only be a short visit in each of the 4 groups during the year, where I show and tell a bit about printing.


I notice that I am used to longer periods of concentrated work! It´s incredible how fast 90 minutes pass by!


A few of my samples. I wish we could´ve done more in the time, but the students will continue with their teacher, and I do get to see the result when they´re done in a months time.

Topics: arting, Diverse, workshops | 1 Comment »

pirate shirt

By spotogspindel | September 23, 2014

Today is a sewing day. I´ve designed a pirate-costume for Pippi Longstocking´s father in the show starring in November.


First up is the shirt, simply because I had the fabric I needed already in my stack. Made with fine, white linen, and in a very big size.


Piecing it together, trying to make the inside look as good as the outside.


My students know that I don´t waste time on excessive use go pins. But sometimes it really is needed!


The shirt almost finished. It needs to be tried on, and the buttons on the arms adjusted.


A detail from the back and shoulder. The pattern is my own, and based loosely on an early 19th century fashion.

Topics: Costumedesign, textile | 1 Comment »

Familylife exhibition in Aalesund

By spotogspindel | September 22, 2014


The Family-life exhibition opened at Sunnmøre Museum in Ålesund September 14th. Tone Anda, the museum-curator, has made the most wonderful display!


By adding tables filled with everyday things from the 50s and 60s, it´s a trip down memory-lane. It adds so much to the pictures, when they are placed into a whole of cultural history!


For the opening, Frode Pilskog, the museum´s lighthouse expert, talked about life in the light-houses, both the small, everyday life and in the much bigger picture, as an important part of a nation´s marine industry.


If you live near Ålesund, you are most welcome to visit the museum and the exhibition. It will be there until the end of October.

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The idea-process illustrated

By spotogspindel | September 22, 2014

Task at hand: Make a bird-house. Decorate it. Be creative. 

The bird-house will be part of an art-project, but it will be placed in the woods and inhabited by real birds. Everyone in the art-gurilia-group is making one each. To be honest: I asked my Dad to build the birdhouse for me. He´s got more tools. And time. And a kind heart. (Thank you, Dad!)


So here is the bird-house. With a little machine-embroidered bird, just to illustrate. It is my task to decorate it. And I thought I´d share part of my idea-process with you. I have already decided that I want to have a textile approach to it. Mainly because textile is my original field, but also because you don´t see all that many textile bird-houses out in the woods. So here are “mood-board” examples of some ideas:


The romantic, doily-house for the doily-chick!


An exotic silk-sari house for the Bollywood-bird!


A glittering disco-cave for the disco-queen…. (ups. this isn´t textile! But in the first phase I am open to all ideas that pop up.)


A knitted exterior for frozen feathers. I´d prefer wool of course, but I´d have to see what I could find in my stuff and reuse.


An embroidered estate for the eclectic  bird. (This is a good idea, as it will give a hint of an upcoming exhibition still in my mind, but I need as much as possible of the embroidered pieces or that project)


Hola! A happy home for Latin-American chiquitas.

What do you think? You´ve got any favorites? Or any other ideas? Please let me know, I am open for both ideas and suggestions.

Topics: arting, Diverse | 3 Comments »


By spotogspindel | September 21, 2014

This has been my weekend:


Unpacking a truckload (literary) of costumes and props for Pippi Longstocking. The show will premiere November 1st, and I´m helping out with the costumes. So this weekend, we´ve been trying on the rented costumes, trying to find something that fits for all the young actors.

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Techical building and art

By spotogspindel | September 20, 2014

Bremnes Seashore has built a new building for the technical department.


We´ve used some of the old photographs from their archive to decorate the stairwell.


So many great portraits here of people at work. They all seem to really like their workplace.


And a couple of yummy salmon dishes decorate the meeting room.

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more marques letters

By spotogspindel | September 18, 2014

It´s a bi project, making all the letters for the Grease-set. These are some of the guys making them.


They are hard-working, and I am trying to be ahead of them, getting more letters designed, to make sure they can keep busy. They´re really getting the hang of it! Aren´t the letters below kinda cool?!


Topics: backstage | 1 Comment »

inspiration: AnniesRags

By spotogspindel | September 17, 2014


AnniesRags is one of my favorite Etsy-shops! She makes unique jewelry, pieced together by treasures gathered from around the world, joined with her own self-made beads. Whenever I wear her jewelry, I hum to myself from West Side Story: “I feel pretty!” :-)


Topics: inspiration | 1 Comment »

Manhattan skyline

By spotogspindel | September 17, 2014


A friend of mine renewed his kitchen. Above his stove he wanted a urban motif: the Manhatten skyline. I helped him in the process, finding a photo, having it printed and mounted onto the wall. Looks pretty cool, huh?! :-) (this is before he´s actually moved back into the room, so it´s a bit empty still)

Topics: interior | 1 Comment »

Exhibition opening Austevoll

By spotogspindel | September 13, 2014

Today was the opening of the autumn-exhibition. I have almost all of my art gathered on the second floor in this old country grocery-store. Here are some photos from the room.


I have a variety of techniques here: oil-painting, acrylic painting, silkscreen printing, freestyle machine embroidery, mica-collage, mixed media collage, acrylic on plaster and digital photo-collage.


In between my work, are some ceramic artworks, made by Turid Vikene.


All together we are 8 artists opening in this big gallery today, 6 of us were present. Quite a crowd came for the opening.


The exhibition will be here at least until November. And if you are nearby, it is absolutely worth a trip. Bekkjarvik is such a beautiful, little town.


All in all I have 40 pictures here now, around 30 of them are brand new.


Topics: exhibition | 1 Comment »

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