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 Ortigas 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.
Exhibition at The Center for Book Arts (NYC) October 6 through December 16, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017, 6pm-9pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:30pm
Guild of Book Workers Lecture at North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
Learning and Teaching for Tomorrow
Mark will talk about his experience doing book conservation in the Philippines, where he learned to make do without the state of the art equipment and supplies we usually consider standard and essential. This and other experiences have led Mark to a philosophy of doing more with less in all areas of book work. Further, learning from professionals in non-Western countries and in tropical and sub-tropical climates is extremely important. In the future, climate change may affect not only the type of work we will be required to do in the West, but also the availability of resources. We must prepare ourselves now, learning and teaching others to be more adaptive in our approaches to our work.
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1pm
In one hour, Mark will create a unique miniature artist's book and binding featuring many of his signature techniques and the Drum Leaf binding structure.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:30pm
Guild of Book Workers Lecture, New York, NY (location TBA)
Learning and Teaching for Tomorrow (see summary above)
Friday, November 17, 2017, 6:30-8pm
In conjunction with his CBA Faculty Fellow Exhibition, Mark Cockram: Beyond the Rules, Mark will give a talk discussing his illustrative book projects on display in the Studio Gallery.
Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017, 10am-4pm each day
This 2 day course is intended to allow the student to explore and investigate design and material use in a more creative and open framework. It will give students the opportunity to select and explore a range of media and materials, and to pursue design ideas through development of their own personal style.
During the class you will learn:
*To identify and apply appropriate materials and mediums.
*To stimulate creativity.
*To respond and create an individual style.
*To develop further confidence based on a sound foundation knowledge of material use and manipulation.
By the end of the class students will be able to identify and use appropriate materials and techniques, realize design ideas, produce experimental concepts, and combine both traditional and contemporary methods, materials and mediums to the book form.