iBB Podcast #8.1 – Mark Cockram. Beginning, Experiments, and Teaching

Our guest is Mark Cockram, a book artist, teacher, and bookbinder from London, UK. Mark is the owner of the Studio 5 Book Arts. We talk about his early career, teaching, and experiments with structures and materials.



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Studio 5 Book Arts

00:00 – Introducing Mark Cockram
00:26 – Reinstalling Art Deco toilets to old buildings
02:47 – College: art and conservation
03:54 – Opening the studio and teaching
05:43 – Bookbinder vs. Book Artist
09:09 – Book as a universally recognizable object
10:37 – Breaking the rules
14:18 – Damaging books for art and teaching
15:21 – Books and microwaves
16:38 – Experimenting with materials
22:11 – Relation of materials to the theme of the book
23:57 – Clay from Singapore
27:10 – Public perception of a traditional book as an 18th-century binding
28:08 – Education and paying the bills
31:00 – Collections of modern bindings
34:38 – When a client asks to do something wrong
39:46 – Where Mark finds his inspiration
41:47 – Mark’s collage work
47:27 – How the approaches change over the years
48:51 – Mark’s current classes
52:47 – Setting students on a path
56:32 – Educational videos Mark shares on Facebook

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