about the artist
Lynn M. Jones became acquainted with linocut (relief printing from hand-carved linoleum blocks) while studying graphic design at Humboldt State University. However, it was during her internship with David Lance Goines in 1999 that she discovered that it had some importance to her. Jones relishes the ability to see a project through from idea to printing, and not have to hand it off to anyone else. One of the projects Jones worked on under Goines was cutting linoleum blocks for Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Café Cookbook (Harper Collins, 1999). Goines introduced Jones to letterpress printing. Originally, she started printing things for friends and family. After a few projects, she knew she was hooked. She began acquiring printing equipment in 2003. She continued obtaining letterpress equipment, and in 2005 established her business, Just My Type Letterpress & Illustration in Arcata, CA. In 2007 she put the business on hold to start a family, but reopened in 2013 out of her garage in Blue Lake, CA. Jones now focuses mainly on fine art printmaking.
Jones prints from hand-carved linoleum blocks, handset lead and wood type and photopolymer plates on a 1947 Vandercook cylinder press and an 1891 Chandler & Price platen press. Jones’ approach to her art is complicated, dealing with the constraints of the medium, and having to figure out how to achieve the final print one color at a time. She figures there’s usually an easier way to do things, but she’s inclined to do things the hard way if the end result is expected to be superior.