We love finding so many small business owners in Birmingham who express such a unique sense of dedication and love for their trade. Let us introduce to you Cory Bordonaro from Four Hats Press. Cory is a journalist by trade, a writer at heart, and a printer by choice.
Back in 2009 at a Hatch Show Print workshop in Birmingham, AL, she caught the itch to get some ink under her fingernails inspired by the iconic imagery, wood, and lead type compositions that embody the industry’s history and nod toward traditional print practices. The following autumn, she submerged herself in the art during an eight-week study at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. In May of 2011, her journey took an exciting turn when she was able to purchase her very own Vandercook 320. At a whopping 1750 pounds, the press is a lot for her five foot frame to handle. But, with time, the two have become quite endeared to one another. In her studio, she now experiments with polymer, wood, and lead type, creating hand-lettered custom business cards and invitations, as well as posters, prints, and a line of illustrated greeting cards.