Printing at the Edge

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Tatana Kellner, WSW’s Artistic Director has been printing, assembling images and making artists’ books for over 35 years. An accomplished artist and teacher, Tana exhibits extensively, this past summer at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz and the Art Museum at SUNY Albany, NY. She is the recipient of a Krasner Pollack Grant and 3 NYFA individual artist grants among others.

Susan Fateh draws on influences from a mixed cultural heritage and upbringing. She holds a BA/Hon. from Scotland and an MFA from NYU. She studied with Sheila Marbain, founder and Master Printer of Marbain Studios; with Krishna Reddy at NYU; and with SW Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. Susan’s fascination with the infinite bas-relief possibilities of etching led into a passion for hand papermaking, an art she practices in her studio in southern Tuscany. Susan’s works have been exhibited and commissioned in many countries over the years and she has been involved in papermaking projects in Tamil Nadu, Jordan and Trinidad.

“Inspired by our fabulous surroundings, we’ll create artwork that explores the expansive views and the timelessness of the site. Taking the water’s edge as a starting point, we’ll concentrate on making a series of pieces that pay particular attention to the idea of edges and edginess in all its possible permutations. We’ll explore this concept through handmade paper with its irregular deckled edge, trace monoprints, stencil printing, traditional monoprints and chine colle, incorporating additional found material into our prints. We will work on a modest scale and probe the potential of long accordion artists’ books as a form which can be both intimate and expansive.”

Printing at the Edge

Tatana Kellner & Susan Fateh
Rubha Riedh Scotland

June 17-26, 2013

Imagine endless sky, rugged shores, exquisite long, long days and lingering sunsets. Imagine a cozy room in a working lighthouse, miles from any town. Imagine yourself and a group of like-minded artists making paper and printing, transforming your observations into a unique artist’s book. This extraordinary 9 day experience, including the longest day of the year, is the latest addition to WSW’s international programs.

Our Italy-based Program Coordinator, Susan Fateh, came across a magical place called Rubha Reidh— pronounced Pooa Ray and Gaelic for “smooth point” —while searching for suitable workshop sites in her native Scotland. Built in 1910 by a cousin of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson, Rubha Reidh is located on the West Coast, faces the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides (both clearly visible on most days), and is witness to a wealth of wildlife such as otter, seal, dolphin, basking shark, the occasional whale and many types of birds.

Nestle into the cheerful accommodations of the fully renovated Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters. Two rooms will be single-occupancy and three are double-occupancy. A spacious, stone-flagged conservatory will serve as studio. Meals will be taken outdoors whenever possible.

$3600 single / $3150 double

This class is full, but vacancies do occur. Please call us at 845.658.9133 to be put on the wait list.

Included in the tuition:

  • most materials (pulp, paper, inks and plates)
  • housing
  • full board of 3 meals a day
  • group transportation to and from Inverness will be provided
  • a day trip to the nearby Inverewe Garden & Estate, a lush, tropical oasis perched on a peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross. In 1862, Osgood Mackenzie, a Scottish landowner, created this historic garden out of bare rock and a few scrub willows. It’s full of colorful, exotic plants from around the world. Highlights include the most northerly planting of rare Wollemi pines, Himalayan blue poppies, olearia from New Zealand, Tasmanian eucalypts, and rhododendrons from China, Nepal and the Indian subcontinent. These plants flourish thanks to the warm Gulf Stream currents and the foresight of Osgood Mackenzie, who planted over 100 acres of woodland to shelter the garden.