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Bookbinding: making recycled books at Flatford Mill

Bookbinding: making recycled books at Flatford Mill

About the Course

Rubbish books. During this exclusive workshop, participants will be able to make their own books from everyday waste materials. From the glues to covering materials, Mark will explain, demonstrate the various steps in making a book with an eye on making the most from as little as possible, whilst retaining the traditional format of the book. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own rubbish from guidelines provided.

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, 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.

Course tutor: Mark Cockram
Mark Cockram is a full time Bookbinder/Book Artist working from his studio in London. Mark was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2001 and Brother of the Art Workers Guild in 2008. He has been a member of the Society of Bookbinders for nearly 30 years and was the Faculty Fellow for the New York Center for Book Arts in 2017.

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.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance


Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
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  • Residential
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