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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new guide gown

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

My friend Nina recently got a new job as the leader of Sunnhordland Guide service. Like the guides before her, she needed a proper guide-gown. Years ago I designed a viking-inspired with a princess-cut, sewn in raw silk, and it still looks pretty timeless. This is the belt being made. Freestyle machine-embroidery on water-soluable fabric. […]


Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The international Women´s day this year was celebrated in a special way I´ve been wanting to do for years: Together with my good friends Ida Fugli and Sara Birgitte Øfsti, we opened our exhibition ”Undress my Ego”. Stord Art group invited us to use the art-exhibition room in Stord Culture-house. Here are some photos from […]

From pipes to pants

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I´m working on the costumes for a show in Oslo, opening in a few weeks. It´s a NOT-old-fashioned version of a traditional Norwegian fairy-tale, originally titled “Sheparding the King´s rabbits”. The costumes will be slightly inspired by the props, which are also the set, namely a lot of old, used plastic pipes: Without revealing to […]

belt with latin prayer

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

About a decade ago I designed a summer uniform for the local guide company. It was loosley based on a viking pattern. With a belt with the text from the nearby church. (One of the oldest in Norway) The text is the old latin “Ave Maria, Gracia Plena, Dominus Sanctus” written old-style. The dresses have […]

powderpink dress 1

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

For a danceshow in June, I have an assignment to make a seer and costumes. But tomorrow is World Dance Day, and one of the costumes need to be ready by tomorrow´s preview. So I found my powder pink silk chiffon and rayon, and got started. The underdress is here almost finished. My bust has […]

new possibilities

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

I never have new years resolutions. But never a rule without an exception (Norwegian saying). This coming year I want to be a little bit more environmentally conscious. In the sense that I will simply buy less clothes, recycle the ones I have, either for myself, or give away to charity. I just read an […]

Sweet seaman sweater

Monday, November 14th, 2011

I am so lucky to have a couple of new nephews in the making. (Or at least one. The other one might be a niece…) The first little welcome-gift is just finished: a sweater. Knitted in alpaca and silk. Really simple and pure in it´s form, I wanted to add a little something extra. Since […]

Aprons at Etsy

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Looking for a Christmas present that´s both practical and pretty? I´ve recently added some of my aprons to my Etsy-shop, feel free to have a look. 🙂 Different colors, every one is a one-of-a-kind just waiting to be worn. They look good over jeans or a skirt, depending on how dressed up you want to […]

summer time top

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Summer time, and the living is easy…. soon and very soon… dream… A new top with a textile/photo-collage.

Summer sequin silk top

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

I made this beautiful silk and sequin top  a few years ago for a show. Unfortunately it was never used, and it´s been lying around unused waiting for the perfect owner and the occasion. I can totally see a summer bride wear this with a long, slim silk skirt. Or a big, fluffy tulle skirt. […]