Astrid Heimer is an associate professor at the department for Produkt Design, TKD, OsloMet. Heimer has a PhD in Cultural studies, from USN's faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Sciences, and a diploma in ceramics from the Oslo Academy of the Arts (previously Statens Håndverks og Kunstindustriskole). The thesis, «Grip to get a grip of form. Concrete and abstract comprehension of form» is about form, how haptic perception, and embodied comprehension of form can supplement knowledge based on abstract form theories and visual perception. The dissertation contributes to create connections between different knowledge from practice and theory.
Heimer's expertise applies to various aesthetic practice-based disciplines such as design, arts, and crafts. Her special fields at Product Design are aesthetic practice-based methods, emphasizing creativity, form, perception, and materiality in design. Another key topic in her research and teaching is Design and Culture.
Heimer participates in the research group Design, Culture and Sustainability, and in the projects, CraftHub, UTFORSK and The Measure - Participatory Design. CraftHub is a European project, part of the Creative Europe Program and focuses on crafts and cultural heritage in contemporary practice. UTFORSK and The Measure - Participatory Design are two collaborative projects between OsloMet and UNESP, Bauru in Brazil. The two projects involve research and teaching related to design, health and well-being.
Parallel with the position at Product Design, Heimer works as a ceramist artist. See her work on the website: https://www.astridheimer.no.
Heimer, Astrid Maria; Andreassen, Kristin; Haugen, Sigrid (2017). Values of crafting in design education. Proceedings of E&PDE 2017 - International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future. KAPITTEL. p. 116-121. The Design Society.
Heimer, Astrid (2005). Formkavalkade. Undersøkelser av tredimensjonal positiv/negativ form. Skjerven, Astrid (Ed.). Designkompetanse: utvikling, forskning og undervisning. faglig_bok_forlag. p. 115-129.
Heimer, Astrid Maria (2020). Å gripe form for å begripe form. Konkret og abstrakt formforståelse. ISBN: 978-82-7206-581-1. 212 p.
Heimer, Astrid Maria (2021). Craft knowledge – Articulations of forms and experiences from materialized processes.
Heimer, Astrid Maria (2021). Tricycle, a forum for creative processes. Aesthetics of materiality. CraftHub, https://www.crafthub.eu.
Heimer, Astrid Maria; Medola, Orsi, Fausto; Rognstad, Ole-Andreas (2019). “The creative space – perception, form, originality and novelty in design". Kurs i prosjektet: Collaborative Design and prototyping of assistive technologies and products for independent living, TKD, OsloMet og UNESP, Bauru, Brazil.. UTFORSK, Long-term project 2016-2020 , OsloMet UNESP.
Heimer, Astrid Maria (2019). "Å gripe form for å begripe form". Foredrag i forbindelse med utstillingen MÅ. RAM Galleri og NK.
Heimer, Astrid Maria (2019). «Å gripe form for å begripe form» Hule Håndformer.
Heimer, Astrid Maria; Andreassen, Kristin; Haugen, Sigrid (2017). Values of crafting in design education. Presentation at, 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education HiOA in Oslo, Norway. EPD&E, Engineering and Product Design Education.
Heimer, Astrid Maria (2017). Threedimensional form, positiv and negative forminvestigation. Lecture at the seminar, FORMATION Applied Aesthetics on the subject of teahing 3-D form & space in an ever-expanding design profession. The School of Architecture and Design, Institute of Design.
Heimer, Astrid Maria; Pedersen, Malene; Juvonen, Leena
Movments of Making.
Heimer, Astrid Maria
Hands of Making (serie av skulpturer).