Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as an eco-designer, an artist, as a teacher and as a researcher, 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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Penny Penguin

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Penny the Penguin was born yesterday. Or conceived, I don´t know which is better. And tonight she´s finished. Another freehand machine embroidery Polar animal. This time the South pole. Adding pieces of fabric and tulle onto stiffened, black velvet. She´s about 20×23 cm (8×9 inches). A million stitches later…. And Penny is here! Her eye […]

Polar bear

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I´m working on a textile picture today. A portrait of a polar bear. A bit of application, but mainly freehand machine embroidery. I don´t have a fancy machine that can be programmed to do this, so every stitch is hand-guided. Handmade is what makes it art! 😉 I´m using a solid wool fabric, which I´ve […]

taking up ceramics again

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

I´ve had the best evening! Four hours of playing around in the ceramic-department at the teacher´s college with my colleague Kathrine. I say playing around because it must be a decade or so since I last made anything in ceramics. But of course I am on a mission! I want to make some wall-hangings. And […]

oil-painting experiments

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I´m used to working with acrylics and watercolor, both paints that dry fast. Having just bought some oil-paints to experiment with, is both fun and challenging. The biggest difference of course is the long drying time. I guess that is both the advantage and the disadvantage with the oils. It means that there is a […]

the traveling viking

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Inspired by Matthew Cusick´s art, I snumbled head-over-heels into my old world atlas, scissors first! Old, as in out-dated. Countries have come and gone since this was new, when I was kid… Well, since it´s all about vikings here these days, I thought I´d have a go at a map-portrait. Cut, glued and collaged down. […]

Art&Soul: Charm School

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

My final workshop at Art & Soul was with Lisa Call. Her Charm School was another just wonderful class. Using PMC (precious metal clay) we made silver beads and charms. The larger ones we baked in a kiln (below), but the smaller ones we could fire with a buthan-torch, as Lisa is demonstrating (above). So […]

Art&Soul: Fire torch enamel

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I attended my second workshop today: Painting with Fire torch Fired Enamel! by Barbara Lewis. Oh, what fun! I´ve said it before, I´ll say it again: I LOVE learning new stuff! I hardly had time or thought of taking photos, I just got in there and experimented and produced one enameled bead after the other. […]

Art&Soul: Silk dreams

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Tuesday evening I attended my first class as a student, and as you can tell by the title, this is a good one! 🙂 “Silk dreams!” Seriously?! A dream-come-true! Under the superb guidance of Liz Kettle, we did things with left-over silk fibers I didn´t even know was possible! I´m sorry to say the photos […]

Peter parrot

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Soon, and very soon, I am going to Art&Soul in Portland. I am so looking forward to it, and would be thrilled if you´d join me! It´s still not to late to enroll! If you haven´t checked out the link already, please do, there are so many great workshops there, and so much inspiration! One […]

how-to: image-transfer

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

So here is a little crafty weekend project for you, if you haven´t tried this before. Transferring a photo to fabric. 1. Take a photo-copy of your photo. Remember to flip it horizontally. 2. Put lots of glue directly on the paper. I use a glue specially made for this, called “Lakk-lim” which means varnish-glue […]

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