Janne Robberstad

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Sculpting in copper and drawing with stitches

By spotogspindel | December 22, 2015

Here she is. Elisabeth in full size (her feet are cut away in this photo), She is freestyle machine-embroidered /sewn in grey polyester Mettler-thread on grey polyester soft-tulle. The two pictures are of the same embroidery, but one is with a white linen in the background and the other has a black linen in the background. This way it seems like one positive and one negative (like an old fashion photograph), even though the girl in grey is the same.

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As a little extra something, I added my family-portrait. This is my entire family on my mothers side: aunts and uncles, nieces and newphews, and their spouces and children. Sorry about the bad background here, but I wanted to hang it in the window, which was my original idea: to make a contemporary lacy curtain (panel).



(photo: Charlotte Tvedte) Seen from the outside, you can clearly see, as the sun sets, the shades cast on the wall inside, repeating the faces on the wall.

A few experiments and trials and my sewn log-book/instruction-manual, to show some of the process.


And the copper-designed art-installation model is here too. Since the model itself is about 1/10 of the original intended size, I made the background with the mine about the same size in the showcase model. The “road” in front of the mine is made of a photo-print on thick bookbinding cardboard, with a little “pool” in it, where I could fit the model and some real gravel.


The copper-mines were on my family´s farmland , and there was activity there from between 1868-1905, in 3 periods. Over 90 men were at work here, and they excavated over 500 tons of chalcopyrite. S P O R means trace(s)(steps, clues…) and is meant to both point backwards and forwards in time. Traces of what have been, and what are we leaving behind. One can still see traces of the copper-mining from over a hundred years ago. What traces will we leave behind for our great-grandchildren?


I also made a real-size model in wood, painted with copper-paint, although not as 3-dimentionally deep as the real thing would have been, just to give a more real-life experience of what it might look like.


Oh, I forgot to tell… this is my exam-exhibition for the first half-year of my Masters-studies. I am learning a lot, and have some absolutely wonderful co-students!

Topics: Diverse | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Sculpting in copper and drawing with stitches”

  1. gail Says:
    December 27th, 2015 at 16:19

    How wonderful! I would definitely give you the highest possible marks and I’m sure your instructors will, too! There seems to be no limit to your talent. 🙂