In Memoriam - Jan Telfer - Printmaker
Woodblock prints from Baren and other Exchanges

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Jan Telfer an active and beloved member of our Baren family passed away on April 18, 2014. An Occupational Therapist, she lived in Perth, Western Australia. Jan and her husband John have three independent and professional children, an engineer, a doctor, and a lawyer (William, Michelle and Nicki).

"Perth was quite artistically isolated until access to the internet and its supportive services enabled us to interact more efficiently with our compatriots worldwide". Jan was a member of Baren Woodblock Printmakers, Calligraphers Guild of WA, Print Australia, Gocco Printers, and regularly participated in many of their print exchanges.

Jan specialized in woodblock printing using both Japanese hanga and European oil base printing methods. She has always enjoyed carving wood. In primary school, she lived in the country in New South Wales and her catapults always had carved handles! Jan enjoyed the process: the designing, the meticulous carving, and the quiet atmosphere in her back shed where she worked. Her subject matter is largely based on subjects for the exchanges, but uses a lot of Australian pictorial content. Taught to carve by Hiroshi Tomihari from Oyama, Japan where she had also been privileged to have several exhibitions.

* Excerpts and Jan's photo courtesy Bette Wappner from the "Simply Haiku" website, 2005