Test Print Tuesday

Test Print Tuesday is an 8-week event series that celebrates the power of print. Part skill share, part artist talk and all fun, each week will feature new artists and new printed content. The evening will kick off with an introduction to the screen printing process and a brief artist talk. Then, the printing will begin… Participants will be invited to come up to a press, pull a print and then print again (and again). As layers build up, magic happens! Each week, for 8 weeks, new artists will add their images into the Test Print Tuesday mix.

Test prints are used by screen printers and printmakers to see how an image looks before committing to an edition. It’s a chance to check for pinholes and image integrity, to try out different colors and new inks. Many printers keep a stack of these test sheets in their studio and draw inspiration from the random images that accumulate. Test Print Tuesday embraces the ethos of the test print and the experimentation, serendipity and happy accidents that are fundamental to the aesthetic.

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The Organizers

This event series was organized by Jay LaCouture and Helen Popinchalk.

Jay LaCouture is an artist, educator, and print-maker. He has been running AntiDesigns, a professional silkscreen studio, since 2011. The studio has created prints for various clients throughout the country, with some highlights being Sam Adams, Truly, York Athletics, Levi’s, Converse, ‘47, RedBull, Live Nation, Ghostface Killah, and MF Doom. Since 2015, Jay has been developing the live screen printing experience in Boston, where he brings screen printing to different events throughout the city. This takes printmaking out of the studio and into spaces where people can interact with and sometimes even create prints in their own environments.

Helen Popinchalk is an artist, educator, gallery director and curator.  She has been teaching at Simmons University since 2004 and organized exhibitions, installations and events for the print collective Trifecta Editions from 2015 to 2020.  As director of Simmons’ Trustman Art Gallery, she has curated, installed and hosted related programming twenty-two exhibitions over the past six years.  As curator of the Simmons University art collection, she has collaborated with students, faculty and artists on Collecting & Connecting, a program that provides professionalizing opportunities for students and diversifies the University’s art collection.