For many years Kellett’s greatest passion was the creation of miniature books, writing and printing them on an old Craftsmen jobbing press, illustrating and binding them in limited editions. Illustration was always an important and enjoyable part of these creations, and she explored many different forms of printmaking, including letterpress, photopolymer, drypoint, monotype and pochoir.
In 2017 Kellett took a course at North Island College to learn additional printmaking techniques, and learned the intricacies of collagraphy and etching. The printmaking process allows the artist to change and develop the image along the way, adding or subtracting elements as desired, until the image is resolved. Techniques can be combined to achieve effects not possible with other media. The same plate can be made to sing many tunes, resulting in Varied Editions which have elements in common but can give quite different interpretations. Most of Kellett’s editions are small and varied.
Kellett’s miniature books were published under the De Walden Press imprint, from 1996 to 2013. She won Distinguished Book Awards from the Miniature Book Society on six occasions, and her books are in many public and private collections worldwide, including the British Library in London and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, as well as UBC, UVic,, Vancouver Public Library (Special Collections) and many other Canadian, US, UK and Australian libraries.
Please see the website for more information. (The site is for information only and is no longer updated.) http://www.dewaldenpress.com/
Her Press archive is being transferred to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.
jan (dot) kellett (at) shaw (dot) ca