The Heroine’s Journey of Kristine Harper

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I have recently quit my job as associate professor at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology in order to focus solely on writing. I was very happy with my job; I found it uplifting to inspire and collaborate with my students. But, I must say that being free to engage in writing and creating my own theories full time is extremely liberating! So, at the moment I love more or less everything about my work. I love sitting down at my desk in the morning after the kids have been gone to school with a cup of coffee and the feeling of having the whole day in front of me. I love loosing track of time in blissful moments of flow. I love how more or less everything I see or hear inspires me, and how I multiple times a day stop whatever I am doing in order to write my self a “remember this” or “add this” note. I love that spending days reading or sketching is a part or my work! And, I love developing my theories on sustainable, fulfilling living and aesthetic nourishment.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Freedom and purpose
What is my greatest fear? Wasting my life on indifferent matters
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My need to please others
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? My profession is rather diverse; I work with design, sustainability, philosophy, aesthetics, art, crafts… So this is a hard question! There are so many inspirational people that I admire. Generally I most admire people that are courageous, out-of-the-box creative and a little bit crazy.
What is my greatest extravagance? Vintage findings 
On what occasion would I lie? To protect my children
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Days when nothing flows; when I sit in from of my computer for hours and hours, forcefully trying to write, just to realise that the few sentences I have manage to get down on paper are completely useless.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I feel extremely happy about my current professional situation – so, I would say, right now!
If I could, what would I change about myself? The need to please others.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Writing my books
Where would I most like to live? I recently moved from Copenhagen, Denmark to Bali, Indonesia – and Bali is actually where I really want to live at the moment. This island has a perfect mix of beauty and chaos.
What is my most treasured possession? My book collection (which is right now stored in Denmark)
What is my most marked characteristic? Independence (according to my husband ;))  
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I still consider Copenhagen as “my city”, and in Copenhagen, the most inspirational place for me is The national art museum (SMK). That place is just amazing.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Well, my new town is Ubud, Bali – and fortunately there are SO many amazing places here to eat and drink. My favourite, however, is Moksa, which is an amazing plant-based restaurant with its own permaculture garden. The food there is unbelievable.
What books influenced my life and how? Karl-Ove Knausgaard’s novel “My Struggle” in six volumes. I absolutely love his ability to put words on aesthetic experiences or the sudden bursts of beauty that float through our lives. Furthermore, his honesty and descriptions of his at once introverted nature and need for other people touches me deeply.
Who are my favorite writers? I have so many!! Karl-Ove Kanusgaard (obviously), Tomas Espedal, and Milan Kundera are some of my heroes within fiction. If we are talking non-fiction, I keep retuning to existentialist philosophers like Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Søren Kierkegaard, as well as Henry David Thoreau, plus phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Within sustainability, aesthetics and design, I have been very inspired by the Wabi-Sabi books by Leonard Koren, “Everyday Aesthetics” by Yuriko Saito, and “The Spirit of Design” by Stuart Walker

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? “Wish you were here” by Pink Floyd

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Amélie from Montmartre
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My two sons (aged 5 and 11). We have now lived in Bali for almost half a year; they attend an international school here (The Green School https://www.greenschool.org/ ) – and they are both handling the move and transition so amazingly. I am beyond words.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? “The Darjeeling Limited” by Wes Anderson
What role plays art in my life and work? The art of creation is life
 
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband and best friend Sarid
  
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? Hmm… This is a hard one… I mostly prefer working by myself, but I would love to do a project on crafts, sustainability, design and/or aesthetics with my former colleague and beloved friend, Designer Susanne Guldager http://www.susanneguldager.dk/. We have always had the best brainstorming sessions!
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?  I would love to meet some talented local craftswomen and men, and document their craft, process and aesthetics. There are so many unbelievably beautiful crafts traditions here in Bali.
 
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I am looking forward to completing the book on Anti-trendy living that I am currently writing
Where can you see me or my work in 2019? Keep an eye on my recently started blog The Immaterialist https://immaterialist.blog/
 
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? If you truly burn for something (or someone), the fire never dies
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Fashion designer Susanne Guldager http://www.susanneguldager.dk/ or Intuitive forecaster and curator Judith Ter Haar https://www.jonesarnhem.com/
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