On Friday, November 15 at 5:30pm Atelier 6000, a nonprofit printmaking studio and gallery specializing in book arts, will host the launch of both the art book and trade version of Bend author and poet Ellen Waterston’s verse novel Vía Láctea, A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino.
Vía Lactéa is being published by Atelier 6000 both as an elegant limited edition, hand-printed fine art book and as a perfect-bound soft cover book. On November 15, the art book will be on display and available to order, and the perfect-bound soft cover will be available for purchase.
The creation of the art book is a collaboration between Writer Ellen Waterston, Illustrator Ron Schultz, Typographer/Book Designer Thomas Osborne and Printer/Binder Sandy Tilcock. All will all be present at the book release to share about their unique collaboration.
“This is an excellent, high-quality art book. Paired with a trade version, it is a unique publishing model that has been exciting to pioneer,” states Pat Clark, founder and director of Atelier 6000. She will start the evening with a brief presentation on the multi-faceted “art of art books” and will introduce the members of the impressive creative team.
Bend artist Ron Schultz created 15 original prints for the art book. Shultz’s engravings, lithographs and etchings have been exhibited extensively in California and Oregon and are included in many private collections. He has also worked as a book and technical illustrator and graphic artist. He currently instructs printmaking at Atelier 6000.
Sandy Tilcock of Lone Goose Press in Eugene, a world-renown typographer and bookbinder, printed and bound the art book by hand. Tilcock is recognized for her impeccable and imaginative craftsmanship in typographic design and letterpress printing and bookbinding. Winner of numerous awards, her work is in the collections of 26 universities and libraries in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Thomas Osborne of Terrebonne designed the lay-out and set the type. Ellen Waterston will read a selection of poems from Vía Láctea. Osborne’s graphic artistry shapes the look of many of the most handsome books and journals in the Northwest.
Vía Lactéa, Waterston’s third collection of poetry, is a fictionalized account of her April 2012 pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. It is a book that anyone who has traveled, or plans to travel, the Camino should not be without. The title of Vía Lactéa is a reference to the fact that the Milky Way is always overhead when walking the Camino. The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain.
Poet Judith Barrington, author of three volumes of poetry, offered this observation about the book, “In a time when paths and ‘old ways’ are the subject of much writing, Ellen Waterston has found an entirely new way to record her footsteps as they seek out a new direction in her modern life, even while following old traditions…Those who don’t usually seek out poetry will find this a compelling read, while those who do will appreciate the craft and creative innovation.”