APR 21|7 min read
Welcome to: At Home with Adairs.
How do our homes shape the way we live? In our latest series we explore the living spaces of some of our favourite Aussies and New Zealanders and find out what home means to them.
Introducing Brisbane-based artist Claudia Osborn – a.k.a Maus Haus. We spent a day with the talented designer to learn more about her creative process, discuss our new collaboration and chat about her home.
It starts off differently. Sometimes I’ll see a photo of a cool landscape and make a sketch based on that, or I’ll be bored one day and sketch out one of my houseplants. It usually starts with a digital sketch on my iPad, then I refine it into my usual style of bold shapes and warm colours. Most of my paintings come from my digital illustrations too. I’m quite pedantic about composition, the precision of the shapes and complimentary colour palettes so I want to be sure I’m getting it right with my paintings.
My partner and I bought our home right at the end of 2019. We took our time to get used to the space and then started to slowly collect, build and revamp furniture pieces. We built our coffee table out of an old bed frame, revamped our dining table and chairs, and renovated the bathroom. We were inspired to start adding more colour after I painted the mural in the entryway.
Now with the addition of our daughter it has been a fun challenge to fit in all the baby items!
I really enjoy Pink Mountain. It has elements I have used before where I play with the ridges, shadow and light of mountain peaks. This one is inspired by how light and colour play during sunset. The Day/Night design is also a favourite of mine. It started out as a concept of a snow globe, and while I was playing around with the shapes, it morphed into this sort of reflection of the mountains. This kind of process I really enjoy because I get to explore and play with different ideas without pressure.
Be passionate about what you do, because it all definitely lasts longer than if you’re just in it for the money or the ‘following’. Maintain a healthy relationship with your bookkeeping from the start (you’ll save a lot of time down the line). Be open to evolution and change. Try to make a work space that is entirely yours and dedicated to what brings you peace. It doesn’t have to be very big, just a little corner where you can shut everything out and concentrate on your work.
I would like to focus more on painting and seeing how my style evolves. Whether that be on paper or other miscellaneous objects; it’s always fun to challenge yourself. I also want to get back into motion graphics and start bringing some of my illustrations to life!