From the promoterJeff Eaton learned screen printing while working at a sign shop in the 1990s. An active participant in the Wichita music scene, he found a new artistic outlet in screen printing eye-popping concert posters, which were enjoying a popular resurgence at the time. After leaving the sign business to tour with the band Split Lip Rayfield, Jeff opened his own print shop, Pride of Gumbo, in Wichita in 2004; both he and the shop relocated to Lawrence in 2008. Mixing homegrown development techniques with computer design and use of reclaimed or recycled substrates, he, alongside Lawrence artist Leslie Kuluva, launched The Test Kitchen in East Lawrence in January 2010.
Leslie Kuluva is an artist and native Kansan who makes prints, drawings, paintings, sewings and knittings, among other projects. Her involvement in the Lawrence music scene has played heavily into her art over the years, and she currently works closely with many bands, artists and small businesses through made-to-order design and screenprinting. She presently keeps a workshop in East Lawrence shared with Pride of Gumbo, which is open to the public.
- Pride of Gumbo website (October 27, 2010)