Whether observing a tangle of agave and nasturtium plants in her native California or admiring the grace of geese over water in Scotland, Lake August founder Alexis Hartman finds endless inspiration in the natural world. Each of her patterns and products reflects a true love of land, sea, and sky, illuminating the beauty and integrity of our surroundings. Her creative process is one that always starts with a pencil or paintbrush, as patterns are translated from drawings, paintings, and hand-carved blocks into silkscreens, and then screen is printed by hand onto wallpaper or fabric, using water based inks.
Lake August linens come from a five-generation family-owned Belgian manufacturer that upholds a tradition of farm stewardship, natural cultivation, and sustainable production. Linen grown in that climate is easily grown without the use of pesticides and requires no irrigation and minimal soil enhancement. Lake August wallpapers currently come in two qualities: Handmade, cotton rag and recyclable clay-coated paper, which comes from the first mill in the USA to receive Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification. A portion of each sale supports the Land Stewardship Project, which promotes sustainable agriculture and communities.
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