Bookbinding: making recycled books



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.

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

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi

We have received the ‘Good to Go’ mark in recognition of following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.


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Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


3 days (4:00pm to 4:00pm)

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