From then, her life shifted quite literally into a more colourful one, moving away from, she says, ‘work that had a very corporate focus to discovering what I love’.
Her new collection, Wondercook, is inspired by one of these things she loves, cooking, and used bright colours and Kandinsky-inspired shapes to create products including prints, cards, and a recipe journal.
Osborne’s career began as a graphic designer for Oxford-based consultancy One, before beginning to work for herself.
Explaining her working process, Osborne says, ‘It’s the same as with a client brief – I always start in a sketchbook as I feel its easier to learn the shapes and things with a pen, rather than a computer.
‘I’ve got scrapbooks and sketchbooks full of drawings and pictures’.
Osborne cites her influence as mid-century design, Pop Art and the Bauhaus.
‘Design shouldn’t just be about how something looks – function is important too’, she says.
‘I deliberately choose vibrant colours, play with perspective and use strong shapes in my work because when they’re combined, they can be a real mood changer. That’s their purpose.’
You can see more of the Wondercook collection at www.sam-osborne.co.uk