Janne Robberstad

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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 »

3 Responses to “The idea-process illustrated”

  1. Siri Says:
    September 22nd, 2014 at 14:05

    I’d go for glitter! Think some birds like shiny things 🙂

  2. gail Says:
    October 3rd, 2014 at 01:02

    How fun. I like the idea of knitted feathers. I wonder how that would really work?

  3. gail Says:
    October 3rd, 2014 at 01:03

    And how sweet of your dad! I love the little house! 🙂