From the beginning, the book and the bookbinder have made use of waste and recycled. The Rag and Bone man transformed rags for paper and bones for glue which is just one such example. Students will have the opportunity to examine old books to see the how and why of hidden examples of recycling.

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From the folding of recycled paper in to sections, to the finished book, this Recycled Book course is intended to introduce participants to aspects of utilising as much recycled and up-cycled everyday rubbish and cast offs to make unique, handmade books.
Participants will make their own adhesive, paste boards and covering materials. It will be very hands on and potentially, gloriously messy.

About the tutor

Mark Cockram

Mark Cockram is a full time bookbinder with over 40 years experience working with the book. Mark was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2001, Brother of the Art Workers Guild in 2008 and more recently, in 2017, was the Faculty Fellow for the New York Centre for Book Arts. Marks diverse work can be found in National and International collections, both public and private around the world. He has recently been made a Special Research Fellow for the University of Shanghai Science and Technology College of Communication and Art Design.

About Flatford Mill

We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are some
rooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is
un-suitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible.
Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable.

Explore our range of craft courses and traditional skills courses hosted by our engaging tutors and learn from their expertise and skills. Our art courses are a chance to meet like-minded people and a chance to unwind from everyday life. They are a great opportunity to experience the UK’s glorious countryside surrounding our field centres.

Example Timetable

Check-in is between 1600-1800, if you are arriving after 1800 please advise us, so we can ensure you are advised of access codes, room key location, and room location.

You will meet the tutor at dinner, and you will have your first session after dinner.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Picnic Lunch

Full board accommodation and picnic lunch are for resident bookings only.

Before You Attend

What to |Bring

Students are encouraged to bring a corrugated packing box with either text, logo, images or any combination there of, printed on it.
All the materials to carry out this work will be available at the Centre. You are, however, asked to try and provide the following items for your personal use:

  • Craft knife and blades
  • Sharp scissors
  • Steel rule and a pencil
  • Overalls or an apron
  • A cutting mat if you have one

If you have any difficulty with these items, or any specialist materials, please let us know and we’ll try to help.

Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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