Mark Cockram has been a professional bookbinder, book artist, and teacher for over 25 years, exhibiting and teaching all over the UK, Europe, and further afield. Committed to the highest level of craftsmanship, Cockram combines techniques from his training in fine art, design, and bookbinding to create stunning, distinctly non-traditional books. His work is lively, vigorous, and playful. Cockram's passion for his work is electric. He sparks with ideas.
Cockram was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders (UK) in 2001 and a Brother of the Art Workers Guild (UK) in 2008. He opened his first bookbinding studio, in Lincoln, in 1992. In 2003, he opened Studio Five Book Arts in London, where he has been based ever since.
His diverse body of work is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Library, Library of Congress, Grolier Club, and Art Workers Guild. Cockram collaborates with writers such as Mel Gooding and Roger McGough; book arts organizations such as Booklyn (New York) and the Ortegas Foundation (Manila); and the Natural History Museum (London). Since being elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Cockram has been a regular Man Booker Award shortlist binder.
Cockram is the 2015 recipient of the Society of Bookbinders (UK) Maureen Duke Educational Award and is the first to be awarded a Certificate of Validation as an accredited Society of Bookbinders teacher. In the Autumn of 2017, Cockram will be the Master Faculty Fellow at The Center for Books Arts (NYC).
Students come from all over the world to study with Cockram at Studio 5 and he often travels to France, Japan, India, and the Philippines to teach. Cockram has been blogging since 2007, documenting the many steps involved in creating his fine art bindings.