Creative Lives — Prop maker, set stylist and textile homeware designer Mariel Osborn on the joys of physical making

Posted 18 April 2017 Interview by Marianne Hanoun

Working within the creatively collaborative, Manchester-based collective The Engine House, prop maker and set stylist Mariel Osborn creates images, objects and accessories for a range of commercial clients including JD Williams, Cloudwater brewery and Very. Despite graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University’s BA Embroidery course amid a recession, Mariel’s determination, proactive attitude and dedication to craft has led to a wide range of work, from commercial fashion shoots and music videos to putting together an interactive drive-through experience. In addition, she also runs homeware brand Covet Interiors. Mariel talks us through the realisations and realities of life post-graduation and enduring the “hell” of admin to get to the ‘pure joy’ of physical making. 

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