MARK COCKRAM 

Elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2001, Member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen in 2008
and Brother of the Art Workers Guild in 2008.

I studied art and design at Lincolnshire College of Art, bookbinding at Guildford College of Technology
(Diploma in Fine Bookbinding & Conservation), Japanese bookbinding and related subjects at 'Studio Livre'
Tokyo and London College of Printing (BA (Hons) Book Arts and Crafts).

Opening my first studio in Lincoln in 1992 and Studio Five, London in 2003. I work in fine contemporary bookbinding, book arts, printing and box art, teaching various aspects of bookbinding / book arts in Studio Five,
the UK, France, USA, India and Japan. My work is represented in public and private collections around the world.

I tend to work with one book at a time, using traditional materials, modifying or manipulating , developing and creating new decorative techniques to realise the final design. I feel that being able to work with various styles,
I am able to respond to the text, illustrations and mood of the book with honesty.

I spend as much time as possible researching and questioning every aspect of working with the book
and related issues.

I am currently working on a number of projects including methods of board and cover attachment for fine
designed bindings, print techniques, ways in which the book can be viewed within the contexts of the exhibition
and the public or private collection, the artist's book and creating 3 dimensional, extended book sculptures and formats. It is hoped that this research will lead to a more sympathetic way of working with the book, viewing
the book; it's structure, manipulation and use.

The personal work that you see on my website has been produced either by commission or to express my own artistic aims.  Most of my work is for sale, for further details please contact the Studio on 0208 563 2158.