Center for Creativity



Text & conText features a Vandercook SP15 repro proof press.

The SP15 was manufactured in the 1960s and early 70s, and was designed to print reproduction-quality proofs, preliminary versions of printed pieces typically used to check design, copy and color before committing the piece to a large print run.

Exceptionally easy to use and accommodating paper up to 14"x18", the SP15 was one of Vandercook's most popular machines. 




These seven cabinets are filled with wood and metal type, in an array of sizes and typefaces, including Grotesque, Michaelangelo, Civilite, and many more. Some drawers also contain graphical elements!




This is a slug cutter, used to trim the metal spacing that goes between lines of text (leading). In addition, we have all the composing sticks (used to assemble type into words and lines), furniture (wood pieces used to fill up blank space in a layout), chases (the frames used to hold the type and graphic elements for a printing project), and other tools you need to create a unique poster, broadside, card, or other project. There's lots of lingo in the printing process, but our staff can help you tell your quoin from your forme!





platen press is great for postcards, business cards, and other smaller printing projects. The process of typesetting and layout is the same for flatbed and platen presses, so once you learn the tricks, you can easily scale your projects up or down!



In addition to this amazing printing press equipment, Text & conText features all the materials and tools you need for:

  • Bookbinding
  • Calligraphy and hand lettering
  • Linoleum or wood block printmaking
  • Collage or zine making
  • Paper marbling
  • Papermaking