Nicola Lawrence is delighted to introduce the textiles and wallpapers of Los Angeles based, Lake August. A love of land, sea and sky is reflected in the designs of this collection. Whether observing a tangle of agave and nasturtium plans in her native California, or admiring the grace of geese over water in Scotland, designer Alexis Hartman finds endless inspiration in the natural world. Her designs range from the illustrative to the abstract, but the mark of the artist is always apparent.
The creative process at Lake August always starts with a pencil or paintbrush. Drawings, paintings or hand-carved blocks are translated into patterns which are then printed by hand onto linen or wallpaper. The production process involves a search for like-minded, environmentally conscious artisans, vendors and producers of fabrics and papers from around the world. With each pattern, product or collection natural materials and traditional techniques are eagerly explored. All of Lake August’s fabrics and wallpapers are printed in the USA, using non toxic water-based inks. These standards make the Lake August products ‘well-made’ in the truest sense of the term.
Lake August fabrics may be printed in custom colours and on custom grounds. A $210 initial strike-off fee applies, with a minimum order of 15 yards (13.7 metres) for custom colours and 25 yards (22.9 metres) for custom ground orders. A four week lead time, ex USA, applies.