Trine Kristoffersen & Tine Winther Rysgaard

Tine Winther Rysgaard og Trine Kristoffersen. The Danish Design School, 2 year project for Innovating Sustainable Fashion Competition 2009.

– specialism: Fashion Womenswear and Knitwear.



Project title:





The Cactus, The Bear, and The Mountain is an ecological knitwear collection inspired by limit challenging youthful curiosity, taking visual cues from Indian culture.
The collection is part of the Totems initiative, thought as an innovative approach in a selfish world of consumption dominated by quantity. Apart from the knitwear collection, the project functions through the fashion totem blog, which inspires the blog user to support environmentally friendly consumption habits through information about sustainable fashion design as well as documentation of the process from idea to product of the collection The Catus, the Bear, and the Mountain. The Totems project builds on the thought that ecological knitwear communicates quality and ethical awareness, but can at the same time express creativity through innovative, original design. 

The totem pole is an important inspiration in the construction of the collection. The composite garments together creates a stronger message, but can also be used separately in a more individual expression, while preserving the essence of the message. 



Describe your collection with three words?

Nature, youth and knitwear


What techniques did you use:

Primarily we used machine knitting and hand knitting.All the samples are inspired by the three words: cactus, bear and mountain.



Which technique was the most difficult?

The knitted “fur” was not particular difficult to make but very time consuming.



Which garment took the longest to make? 

The little brown and white spotted skirt was a real killer because the yarn was as tight as a pon pon. 


Which garment is your favorite?

The short jacket with the red shoulders but also the brown mens pants.


How long did you work on this project?

11 weeks. 



What made you pursue fashion?

We felt that knitting all the pieces gave us the opportunity to have the full creative control and making everything from scratch was very satisfying. 


What designers inspire you?

Sandra Backlund and Rei Kawakubo.



Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition?

The project is made for the competition Innovating Sustainable Fashion and we are nominated to participate in the final show which takes place the 2nd December in Terminal 2.   


With one word, what is your best quality? 

Focus and patience.



What are your plans for the future?

Keep on designing and learning+ having twins and for Tine traveling the world.


Were can we find more information on you?

Visit our blog



Contact info:

Trine Kristoffersen:

Tine Winther Rysgaard:


3 Responses to “Trine Kristoffersen & Tine Winther Rysgaard”
  1. Phar Technician says:

    great post as usual .. thanks

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