Nina Born & Siff Pristed Nielsen

Nina Born and Siff Pristed Nielsen, 24. Kolding School of Design, BA Textiles Graduates 2009.

-specialism: Print (Nina) and Knit (Siff)


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We took inspiration from the 7 deadly sins (Wrath, sloth, greed, lust, gluttony, envy and pride). Both from a historical point of view and also by pursuing the sins in a more personal way. For example we made a case about “pride” where we had a party to celebrate ourselves without telling people the true purpose of the event. We put up full size posters of ourselves, and ran a slideshow with childhood pictures and stuff. In the end after going through all the sins we realized that it´s actually hard to expose yourself since the 7 sins still are feelings you don´t like to be associated with. But making cases like this is a fun and good way of getting a project started since it´s a more abstract way of gaining research material.



Where do you get inspiration from in general?

 Mostly we get a lot of inspiration from history. Looking into old textile techniques and folklore from around the world as we try to put it into a more modern context. Often the folklore has a naive, graphic and abstract expression that really gives us the inspiration and wildness we want to put into our own products.



How is the process when you design?

We often start with a very theoretic approach, researching the subject both visually and theoretically.Then we go into the more abstract and intuitive phase. But it´s always nice to have some theory to back up a very abstract and conceptual project. It makes it more completed.


What do you find most difficult about the design process?

 Going from the experiment phase to the transformation into the product. Making decisions and agreeing, and of course to kill your darlings once in a while.

What are your strenghts?

 We compliment each other very well. The weakness of one person might be the strenght of the other person and that is when a teamwork gets much better than working on your own. When one is frustrated with something not going that well, the other part can take over the work and support and visa versa.



What are your weaknesses?

Like said before we help each other out. When Nina panics Siff calms her down, and when Siff is compromising too much on the details, then Nina holds on to perfection.


Describe your collection with three words:

Textile techniques, conceptual design and historical references.


What techniques did you use?

 In the final styles we used: Digital knit, digital print, screen print, burn-out, cut-out in leather, hand-knit, shibori, dyeing fur, weaving, space dyeing, pompons, knots, foil print, palliet embroidery and fringes.


Which technique was the most difficult?

None of them were really difficult, they were just all very time consuming since we love making, e.g. thousands of little knots or wrapped sticks and so.

Do you have a technical or conceptual approach to designing? 

 We value both areas equally.

Which garment was the most difficult to make?

 The white burn-out trousers in the sin Sloth. We made burn-out on silk velour and it was rather difficult cause if you heath the fabric for too long it takes colour from the burn and if you heath it too little the velour don´t really want to come off and since it was our first time making burn out and we had to make a lot of fabric it took some time to figure out the technique.



Which garment took the longest to make?

The 9 meter of woven fabric in thin cotton for the pink Gluttony jacket.


Which garment is your favorite?

 Again the pink Gluttony jacket because it was so time consuming to make and we just finished it right before our examn. We were not sure about the outcome of it and therefor it was such a big achievement to see it fitting the model so beautifully.



What technique is your favorite?

Embroidery is nice and meditative.

How long did you work on this project?

For 3 months.



Is there something you regret not doing in your collection?

We woulld like to have accomplished all 7 sins instead of just 4, but since they all had so many details and different techniques and handmade approaches there simply wasn´t time enough for all 7 sins.

Which designer would you like to work for in the future?

We dream of continuing our collaboration in the future and make a nice inspirational company creating all sorts of textile products from clothing to interior and art installations.



Why do you want to be designers?

It´s the only thing we are good at.


What was your childhood dream job: 

Nina : senior citizen, Siff: superhero.



With one word, what is your best quality?

Siff: affection, Nina: determination.


What are your plans for the future?

We would like to conquer the world.



Contact info:

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3 Responses to “Nina Born & Siff Pristed Nielsen”
  1. kirsten schou says:

    Wow! det er fantastisk smukt og knivskarpt.
    Der er nogen ting der jeg rigtig rigtig gerne ville eje og have!!! Uhm 😉

  2. Signe Emdal says:

    Meget smukt!

  3. Wow, how cool. keep on exploring the textile possibility.

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