Interviewee: Kat Maus – Artist
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In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
As an illustrator with a flair for nostalgia, and a love of the outdoors, I create illustrations that celebrate the places that bring us joy, peace, and comfort.
I takes great care to create high quality art prints, greeting cards, postcards, stickers, and other items that allow you to bring home a little slice of these treasured locations.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
My illustration career began in 2015 after I was sidelined from hiking and skiing by a chronic hip injury. I began to learn digital illustration techniques so that I could illustrate and immerse myself in the mountains that had become my refuge over the previous few years.
As Kat Maus Haus has grown, I’ve really enjoyed being able to bring joy to people across the country who have a similar affinity for the mountains, beaches, and parks that I illustrate.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general.
My illustrations often bring people a sense of pride – pride that they climbed that mountain, that they live near that park, or are familiar with that beach. Now that I’ve lived in Beverly for seven months, it’s about time I started illustrating my new community because I sure do love it on the North Shore and I know I’m not the only one that’s proud to live here!
I truly believe that creative businesses are the heart and soul of any community. Art and creativity are what keeps life interesting! I hope to find ways to collaborate with other creatives and businesses in ways that will foster more connections and bring joy to our community.
What was the last thing you watched or book you read that made an impact on you?
I’ve recently been reading books and listening to podcasts about living a minimalist life – a life that is about valuing experiences over material things. I want to spend time with those I love, be outside as much as possible, and use the money I do have to work less, and to explore the world and experience new cultures. And when I do need to buy something, I try to make sure that its well-made, second-hand, and/or locally sourced. This is all a work-in-progress.
Perhaps admitting that I don’t like to buy material things is not the best move as someone who sells material things, but this does translate into my business and the way I make products. As an illustrator, there are a zillion different products of various quality that I could slap my art on, but you’ll notice that my selection of products is pretty small. This is because I have high standards for the products I make, and I only want to create things you’ll want to keep for years to come.
For example, my art prints are all archival quality, so they should last decades (provided they’re not exposed to direct sunlight all day long); my postcards are made of super thick card stock that should survive the post and hopefully land themselves on display at the recipient’s home; my stickers are made of durable vinyl so they’ll last on your water bottle or cooler through the worst conditions; and my wooden calendar stands are meant to be reused each year.
My goal is ultimately to keep my products from quickly landing in the landfill and for them to look good while doing it 🙂
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
I’m actually one of the 0.4% of women that is colorblind! It’s pretty mild, but it’s one of the main reasons I work digitally – I can see where a color falls on the spectrum so even if I can’t tell exactly what it looks like, I know how it compares to the rest of the colors in the composition.
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