Via Lactea

Via Lactea, a limited edition art book, is a collaboration between writer Ellen Waterston; illustrator and printmaker Ron Schultz; book designer and typographer Thomas Osborne; and printer and book binder Sandy Tilcock of Lone Goose Press.

Vía Lactéa is available for purchase as an elegant, limited-edition, hand-printed fine art book and as a perfect-bound soft cover book.

Created and produced at Atelier 6000, the fine-art edition of Via Lactea includes original hand-pulled engravings. The elaborate book binding, design, and typography make the the limited edition of Via Lactea an exquisite example of a fine art book.

Writing Via Lactea

In Ellen Waterston’s verse novel Via Lactea, the reader joins pelegrina as she walks her way to unexpected answers to many of life’s questions along the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In this fictionalized accounting, the pelegrina finds herself not only in conflict with herself, but also implicated in a battle between a caricature of the Catholic church and Camino Woman. The many real and imagined characters met along the Way, the variety of voices, poetic styles and forms, make this collection a provocative and lively promenade.

Praise for Ellen Waterston’s Vía Láctea:

“[Vía Láctea] is such a refreshing change from the countless blogs that clutter the internet and fill the pages of second rate books. Many pilgrims who walk the Camino reach some form of new understanding of their life and its direction. A fair proportion of these wish to share their insights but words don’t lend themselves easily to describe the inner workings of the soul. Great sensitivity is required and this is where Vía Lácteabridges the gap so skillfully between the sacred and the mundane. Poetry is the language of the soul and this collection is beautiful in its entirety. I was particularly taken with this peregrina’s description of the end of her journeying at Finisterre, the end of the world. ‘…where the horizon of her life intersects with the void.’ This is sublime. Vía Láctea should be in everyone’s backpack, or at least on their bookshelf.” ― John Brierly, author, A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago, and the premier series of Camino guides.

This is award‐winning author and poet Ellen Waterston’s third collection of poetry. She is the author of a collection of essays and a memoir. She lives and writes in Bend, Oregon.

The Creation of the Art Book

The collaboration between writer, artist, typographers and book designers has resulted in an elegant, limited edition art book of Via Lactea featuring 15 original hand‐pulled engravings by artist/illustrator Ron Schultz. Ron Schultz’s engravings, lithographs and etchings have been exhibited extensively in California and Oregon and are included in many private collections.

In addition to Ron Schultz’s outstanding print work, the handmade paper from Cave Paper with the elaborate binding and the design and typography by Thomas Osborne of Bend and Sandy Tilcock of Eugene, Oregon make the limited edition of Via Lactea an exquisite example of the book as fine art.

Via Lactea Art Books and Broadsides are available to order.

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Call A6 to order Limited edition art books or broadsides at 541-330-8759.

Call Ellen Waterston and The Writing Ranch to order the perfect-bound softcover version of Via Lactea at 541.480.3933.