From the beginning, the book and the bookbinder has made use of waste and the recycled, the Rag and Bone man – Rags for paper and Bones for Glue being just one such example. Students will have the opportunity to examine old books to see the how and why of hidden examples of recycling.

From the folding of recycled paper in to sections, to the finished book, the 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.

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.
A recycled book

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What's Included

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

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.

Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item