Wednesday, 20 May 2015

This morning I was informed that The Victoria and Albert Museum will be acquiring 'Through the Looking Glass' for their permanent collection for public display in the National Art Library.
Through the Looking Glass will form part of my exhibition at the ABA Book Fair at Olympia. A great chance to see some of my most recent work (in the flesh as it were) and to add to your collection.For FREE tickets please visit their web site......

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

LIVE! Demonstrations & Activities

Live! Masters

In addition to our other activities described below, LIVE! Masters is the Fair's new series of one-day book arts demonstrations. Be sure to visit stand L07 each day of the Fair to see a different artist at work.

Thursday: Margaret Costa

Margaret has been fore-edge painting since 1973. She has completed commissions for the British Museum, Foyles, Hatchards and other antiquarian booksellers, also for numerous private clients. Most recently, she has worked with Jeff Weber on his Annotated Dictionary of Fore-Edge Painting. Margaret will demonstrate fore-edge painting, a special technique that became popular in the late 18th Century, in which a painting is made on the edge of a book so that it only appears when the pages are fanned and disappears when the book is closed.

Friday: Paul Antonio, Scribe

Paul Antonio trained as a calligrapher, gilder and heraldic artist with a specialism in historical tools and materials. He also trained as an Archaeological Illustrator specialising in Cuneiform and Egyptian Hieroglyphs. His passion is writing and how the written word is executed. “It is not not only about the practice, the physical activity of writing, a big part of it is about the academic study of the craft, being an artisan is more about thinking than doing.” In his demonstration-lecture you will see, and hear, how different tools shaped 2500 years of lettering, as well as have the opportunity to see it written at book scale. Come enjoy the excitement our writing generates!

Saturday: Stuart Brockman, Master Bookbinder

Stuart graduated from Imperial College London and joined his father James to train as a bookbinder. He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2004 and continues to work with his father under the business name James and Stuart Brockman Ltd, where they specialise in Modern Fine Bindings and the restoration and conservation of manuscripts and early printed books. He has taught across Europe and North America and has Modern Fine Bindings in collections worldwide. Stuart will be demonstrating gold finishing techniques used in both traditional and modern binding work. Gold finishing has been used for hundreds of years to decorate the spines and covers of leather-bound books.

Binding a Limited Edition Book

Mark Cockram - Studio 5 Book Arts

Participants will be provided with a small limited edition letterpress text incorporating an illustration designed especially for the Olympia Book Fair, and will bind it in cloth and unique decorated papers.
Family friendly but children under 16 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Two sessions on each day of the fair, morning and evening. Cost is £15 per person, and must be booked in advance by emailing Mark directly:
Mark is sponsored at the Fair by Abby Schoolman.
 Watch Mark making a binding at Studio 5:

Mini Studio 5

Mark Cockram - Studio 5 Book Arts

Drop by anytime during the Fair to watch Mark Cockram making books using a variety of common and unusual materials. Engage and ask questions to learn about the creative nature of contemporary book binding and book arts. Handmade and designer books will also be offered for sale starting at £20.
Family friendly.
Ongoing except when Mark's Binding Workshop is in progress twice a day, no need to book.
Mark is sponspored at the Fair by Abby Schoolman.

Letterpress Hand Setting

St. Bride Library

Hand compose a name with metal type, drop it into a forme, and then print on a galley press.
Family friendly.
Ongoing, no need to book.

Printing on an Adana Press

St. Bride Library

Printing a pre-set commemorative bookmark.
Family friendly.
Ongoing, no need to book.

Decorating an Open Face Letter

St. Bride Library

Provided with a printed template, design your own large decorative letter likes the ones seen in historical books.
Family friendly.
Ongoing, no need to book.

Demonstration of Wood Engraving & Lino Cutting

St. Bride Library

View a demonstration of both techniques and cut and print a small linocut of your own.
Family friendly.
Ongoing, no need to book.

Demonstration of Decorative Onlays by Annette Friedrich

Designer Bookbinders

Leather onlay is a traditional decorative technique with broad potential to create very modern designs. In this demonstration Designer Bookbinders Fellow Annette Friedrich will demonstrate a variety of onlay techniques, from preparation to application.
Family friendly.
Evening of Thursday, 28 May. 2 hours. No need to book.

Page Edge Decoration Demonstration

Designer Bookbinders

Book edges can be decorated in many ways. Historically, this had many different purposes, from protection to preventing forgery. Come and watch bookbinders demonstrate both traditional and modern edge decorating.
Family friendly.
Morning & afternoon. Friday, 29 May. 1 to 2 hours.
No need to book.

Page Edge Decoration Workshop

Designer Bookbinders

Try out a variety of edge decoration techniques. We’ll also show you how to decorate the edges of books & notebooks bought off the shelf to make them original creations.
Family friendly.
All day Friday, 29 May. No need to book.

Walking Tour with a Bookbinder

Designer Bookbinders

Saturday, 1.30pm. Please sign-up at the ABA Press Desk.
Not suitable for children.
Booking required.

Handcraft an Original Notebook

Designer Bookbinders

Come and make your first handmade notebook. You can design your original cover using rubber stamps and colours! This is a fun activity for a family and a good introduction to hand binding for children. Family friendly.
All day Saturday, 30 May.
No need to book.

From Calligraphy to a Relief Printed Book with Andy Moore
A Demonstration and Workshop of Calligraphy & Photopolymer Printing

Old Stile Press

Andy Moore’s recent edition of John Keats’ poem A Song About Myself was hand-written and then transferred to photopolymer plates to be printed in two colours at the Old Stile Press. This demonstration by Andy Moore will give an idea of how it was done and offers the opportunity to design your own page in a similar manner.
Family friendly.
Friday, 29 May. Around half an hour. Need time.
No need to book.

Create Your Own Miniature Book in this Workshop

Old Stile Press

Make your own miniature book like those produced at the Old Stile Press. Start with a large piece of paper that you measure, fold, and cut, then sew it together and add a cover.
Family friendly.
Saturday, 30 May. Around half an hour – there may be multiple sessions depending on interest.
No need to book.

Designing a Repeating Pattern for Covers & Endpapers

Old Stile Press

In this workshop you will learn how a design can be multiplied to create a repeating pattern, with examples drawn from a collection of twenty printed papers by Robin Tanner, Angela Lemaire, and other designers. You can then create your own pattern or use the examples to to create a cover for a small book or a bookmark.
Family friendly.
Thursday, 28 May. Around half an hour. Need time.
No need to book.

Monotype Printing

Linda Landers

Multimedia artist Linda Landers will be demonstrating monotype printing, which can be used to create extremely detailed and sophisticated imagery using line and colour in expressive and immediate ways. Families are welcome to try the technique with water based paints. They may bring a drawing or image to work from or create something directly from the imagination.
Family friendly. Ongoing, no need to book.

Photography for Booksellers

Tom Dupre

Information coming soon
Book in Time | 書語有時
Hong Kong Book Art Festival 2015 |
Opening Reception | 開幕酒會
6 Jun 2015 (Sat) 15:00-18:00

Exhibition Period | 展期
6-14 Jun 2015 11:00-20:00
***14 Jun will be closed at 18:00
Program Application or Enquiries | 報名或查詢
Hong Kong Miniature Book Association
Contact Person: Ms. Wong / Ms. Lo
Tel: 2556 0499

Bookbinding workshop.
¼ Cloth Case Binding ¼布包精裝書工作坊
Tutor: Mark Cockram
Date: 8 Jun 2015 (Mon) 7:30-9:30pm
Capacity: 20 person
Fee: $350 (included materials)
Venue: Unit L7-19, JCCAC

In the workshop the participants will be able to make a single section, ¼ Cloth Case Bound Book. The text block is a limited edition of 20, hand set type with a 2 colour lino cut. The colophon includes space for the maker to sign his or her book. The decorative paper is Flotage. Each book is unique.
The workshop will be led by demonstrations with tips and tricks for perfect corners etc.

Friday, 10 April 2015

The 4 Gospels, cold gold to the front board.

Cold gold application to create texture and movement, the gold leaf is given a patina with the application of many coats of lacquer.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The 4 Gospels, re-working the colour.

The base colours are added to with darker dyes. The depth I am looking for is that as the patina one finds on old paint work.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

The (New) 4 Gospels. Leather on...

The craft side of bookbinding now steps back to let the art side step forward.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


A little while ago one of my customers dropped in to the studio to pick up a small book. His grand daughter, a charming 7 year old, asked me what I did. In cases like this I find it best to ask what it is they think I do. After a little hesitation she replied "Artist" I had to smile and ask her why she did not think I am a bookbinder. With no hesitation she said "because none of your books are old, dirty and brown and I like the pictures"

Bookbinding in SW London.

Tuition and Much More
Bricolage bookbinding and book arts
 Creative and Traditional Portfolio Building
Sketch Books Etc

6 to 8.30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday £25 per evening.

For further information please contact MARK COCKRAM
0208 5632158

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

New for 2015, the Studio 5 structured evening class.

You saw it here first....
The Studio 5 Structured evening Class.
Over 8 evenings students will be able to learn how to make 4 books. Ideal for the beginner or those just wanting to have fun. Details, evenings etc to follow very soon.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015

Codex 2015 Book Fair

All of the above will be on exhibition and for sale at Codex 2015.

Look out for Abby Schoolman for my and other binders work.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Life Lived, David Sellars, Friend, Mentor, Bookbinder, Train Lover, Hi Fi Guru etc

It is with the deepest regret that I have been informed that David Sellars past away late last night. I had the pleasure to have known David from my very earliest days in bookbinding. Later he was my mentor when I was a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders, becoming firm friends. I held/hold him in the deepest respect for his work and commitment to his art and craft. he gave so much to so many people. As a friend he was true.
His no nonsense approach, lively wit, art and understanding of his work reflected him so well. He gave 100%.
David lived life with a never ending verve. He was honest and when asked his opinion he gave it, he never sugar coated or aimed to please.
I will miss him but I have very fond memories, amongst many, of walking over bracken clad hills of his beloved Yorkshire to discuss books, life and beer in a string of pubs.
My thoughts are with family and friends.

David, thanks mate for a life lived.

To see some of David's last work please visit the Designer Bookbinders site and look under Booker Prize.…/bo…/booker_2014.html

Friday, 16 January 2015

Studio 5 One Day Workshop. No 2 Non Adhesive Binding.

 No 2, The Studio 5 one day workshop in non adhesive binding.
Students have the chance to make an elegant, non adhesive binding (approx 22cm x 12.5cm x 1.5cm) using, leather, vellum and paper made from old jeans (it is wonderful stuff) We start the day with sewing our sections and going through all the processes.
The one day workshop will be in Studio 5 (SW London) The workshop leader will be me (Mark Cockram) In addition to your book to take home the goody bag will include a pricker and flat pack sewing cradle. Oh yes and a day of the Studio 5 experience.... Now you are asking how much and when? £60 (this includes all tuition fees, materials, use of hand tools and indifferent tea, coffee and biscuits) and Saturday the 31st of January and Sunday the 1st of February. Only 4 places available on each day. First come, first served. Did I mention the indifferent tea, coffee and biscuits?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The 4 Gospels, final leather paring.

Final leather paring.

The leather is creased and given a memory along the joints with gentle strikes with a hammer.  


Then the joint area of the spine is pared down ... not to much as we still want to keep the strength but allow for flexing.  


Then more paring at the head and tail of the spine area, this is to allow for the leather that turns in... basically to keep the spine as smooth as possible.  


The final cut... a single cut to scollop and feather the turn-in at the head and tail. All simple and not a spoke shave in sight.