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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ain´t no mountain high enough…

By spotogspindel | September 12, 2015

Well, this was not my average start of a Saturday: going mountain hiking. It´s no big deal really, the mountain is just 400 meters or so. But since it´s the only big mountain we have here on the island, it´s perfect for taking photos all around the island. Later I will try to merge them together into a 360 degree photo of Bømlo. ThenI´ll see if I can make some art with it :-)


Have a lovely weekend!

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3D printing

By spotogspindel | September 9, 2015

Well this is something I´ve never done before! Two weeks into my Masters and I am trying to learn a new computer program in 3D modeling. Being an old lady, it´s taking it´s time 😉 But the fun part is, when I get it right, I can actually print the design in hard plastic in a 3D-printer! Cool…


My thoughts are that I am not used to thinking at all about what I can create in plastic! Normally when I think of plastic, I am annoyed by how much plastic-wrapping there is around everything. So now I have to open up my mind and think in a brand new way. Which is always useful!


Here, the 3D machine is at work. It can make objects of about 20x20x20 cm, but it starts off making a base.


Look at this cute, little box! It´s the prettiest little hard-plastic-box I´ve ever seen! That´s for sure 😉 Next session I hear is making a vase! Phew! This is exciting!

You think I can make myself new glasses??

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new project(s)…

By spotogspindel | September 8, 2015

Today included a professional photo-shoot for a theatre poster. “Pieta” will be staged in a hotel-suite (!) in the beginning of December. I´ll be in charge of costumes and props. We won´t start working with it for weeks yet, but it´s always exciting to be in the starting pit of a project, especially with nice people like here!


And the fabric below? It will slowly turn into a big textile wall-hanging. Or maybe I should say, my own self-made fabric.


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The new lace curtain

By spotogspindel | September 7, 2015

The family lace panel is finally finished!


It is ca 40x80cm  and took about 1800 meters of thread. Above you can see the embroidery all done, and below, I´ve used water to remove the soluble fabric. I´ve used a sea-green tulle between the layers of soluble fabric, to make sure the stitches stay where they are supposed to. Working with a see-through one-colored pattern like this, it is essential, to make the faces stay as they are, and not change expression and shape.


I am happy with how it turned out. Quote a lot of work, but well worth it! I have to find a good way of displaying it, once it goes on the exhibition. Still plenty of months till that.

So this is my entire family from my Grandmothers side: children, their spouses, children, children´s spouses, grandchildren, grandchildren´s spouses and great-grandchildren! The intricate lace pattern, where the faces overlap each other, is in a way a symbol of how people interact and are involved in real life.


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more family lace

By spotogspindel | September 6, 2015


Days are long and busy and interesting. Today I´m finally back working on the big family lace portrait. Once it´s all done the water-soluable fabric will be removed, and the lace will appear.

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Negative – positive

By spotogspindel | September 1, 2015

I´m back working with lace and freestyle machine embroidery again. This time, I´m experimenting with the contrasts of a negative vs a positive image. As in old-fashioned photo-film. I embroidered this face with white silk thread on white silk organza and white tulle.


You can certainly see the shapes and you understand that it´s a face, but there´s not much personality  there. The brain doesn´t really want to translate the negative image into a positive one. But once I hold it up against the light, the white thread turns into shades of dark, and the charming smile of my niece appears!


Notes to self: don´t cut the organza until I´m finished with the embroidery, to avoid the fabric loosening along the edges. And make sure the fabric is tightly held by the frame, so the fabric doesn´t “bubble” when the water-soluable fabric is washed away.

This negative – positive effect I think will look very interesting in front of a window, as a curtain-panel. I´ll have to experiment some more with this, and see how I can make it work.

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Soft Monuments, soft moments

By spotogspindel | August 31, 2015

I visited the exhibition “Soft Monuments” at KODE in Bergen today. A big exhibition with textile works, both wallhangings and sculptures. It was so inspiring walking among these great pieces of art, and so calming. They are soft on the soul, but still leave food for thought. I just wanted to share a couple of photos, and recommend it, if you are nearby.


This sculpture, made by Marit Helen Akslen is called “Hidden Agenda”. It´s made of used shirt collars in cotton.


“Swirl” is a wall object composed of wool made by May Bente Aronsen.

Karoline and I had a fun little photo-shoot. Her hair is almost silver-white now, and even thought the photos here may look like they´re Photoshopped, they´re untouched. The colors are exactly as I saw them. Pretty cool, huh?!


I think she is stunningly beautiful anyway, but it seems the white hair captures her nordic heritage and make her look like she´s cut out of a fairytale.


But the softest moment of all, was meeting my little granddaughter Amanda. Only 5 days old, and so tired :-) It is simply unfathomable how fascinating newborns are. And how entranced one can be simply by looking at them. The facial expression changes constantly! And needless to say, she is the most beautiful little baby girl in the world! :-)




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a new life

By spotogspindel | August 30, 2015

I´m spending my days trying to adjust to my new life. Juggling jobs and commissions, and studying, learning new things. First thing I´ve learned, or maybe realized is a better word, is that I know quite a bit how-to, and hardly anything about my subject. Which is interesting in itself. I have a strong feeling that these studies will deepen my understanding around the field of arts and crafts. I am looking very much forward to it.


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By spotogspindel | August 26, 2015

I´m a student!

22 years since i graduated Teachers College, with my arts and crafts-teacher degree. And now, I have started the Master studies. I´ve been putting off thinking much about it until now when it all of a sudden started yesterday.. I´ve felt like the biggest gambler getting into this. The past 8 years since i quit my teaching-job, 5 of the 7 schools who had jobs for arts and crafts teachers in the reagion, have simply shut down the arts and crafts education. So spending two years taking a degree in a subject that they simply don´t have anymore, seems at best foolish to me. But it seems I´ve always been a person who follows the heart. And my heart lies with ARTing, with creating, with inspiring others to discover their own pure joy of creating.

These past two days of lectures, and trying to wrap my head around all that is new, my faith has been restored. It seems there are things going on in the ministry regarding creative subjects in the schools, that might just mean that I am taking my Masters-degree at the exact right time. I used to be daunted at the thought of all the curriculum, all the reading, but now I can feel my curriousity is awakened, and I want to learn much more about the theory of the field. I want to have more arguments, a better vocabulary, when discussing with other “non-arts-and-crafts-enthusiastics”.

I am SO looking forward to all the new knowledge waiting there to be discovered!

And on a more personal level, another piece of news happened just yesterday: I´m a Grandma again! This time our oldest girl gave birth to a little girl called Amanda. My heart is swelling with pride and love, and I am so much looking forward to getting to know this new little person!

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By spotogspindel | August 21, 2015


School starts on Monday! I´m gonna be a student again! Yikes! Better get my new calendar-book ready, so I have somewhere to write down all I have to remember!

She´s almost as pale as I am, pale with fear and excitement! She needs some more color, I need to just dive into it! Tell you more on Monday :-)

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