BP home and gifts are whimsically designed, beautifully handmade and planet-kind.
Beetroot Press is a joyful planet-kind home and giftware label, designed and hand-made by textile designer and creative founder, Sarah Papworth. She creates unique, uplifting and detailed illustrative hand-drawn prints, which celebrate what makes Britain great, whilst always striving to keep ethical, sustainability and quality in production. Sarah believes in creating fresh original designs in an eco – friendly manner for everyone to enjoy and very importantly bring a little happiness to the world.
Originally from Surrey, Sarah graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2002, with first class honours, specialising in printed textiles. Since then, she worked in London as a homeware designer, and more recently as a freelancer, working from home in the Cotswolds. Sarah designs for various areas including children’s fashion, home textiles and ceramics mainly. Frustrated with the lack of innovation, Sarah was inspired to start Beetroot Press.
Her illustrative design approach mixes detailed, textured and occasionally, botanical style drawing with silhouetted forms and text. Geometric pattern and fabricated textures are also key to her work, overall, giving a fresh and unique design style.
Inspiration for the Beetroot Press designs come from Sarah’s surrounding environment, places visited in her past and present, flora & fauna, Victoriana, and 20th century vintage finds.
Passionate about British craftsmanship and creating products that people can connect with, Sarah is committed to making items that her customers will treasure. Starting Beetroot Press has allowed Sarah to go back to printing by hand, and materials are specifically chosen for texture, strength and eco-friendliness so they will last, be treasured and be kind to the planet.
The silk-screens are created by Sarah in a make-shift dark-room at her home. Using inks that are water-based meaning they can be washed down the drain and she can sleep easy at night.
“It’s important to remember to keep production in small numbers; therefore keeping originality alive and helping ensure past methods are used. I love mark-making and the physical side of printing by hand. Each screen-print is a little different from the other, with small quirks in the prints, making no item exactly the same and creating truly unique pieces. To me, home is about relaxing, having somewhere I can be creative, gathering beautiful things that will come with me through the years. Making items that are beautiful and will last a long time, grow more tactile as they get used and worn. Items you would want in your own home, as both useful and decorative, or to give as a treasured gift to loved ones.”
Sarah Papworth, 2014
‘Sarah Papworth from Beetroot Press makes us happy. She uses traditional silkscreen techniques to create prints that are bright and infused with joy. Her own textiles and paper prints are cleverly interspersed with the odd vintage find to create a range with a cohesive, old-fashioned feel.’
Folksy, November 2013