Bookbinding – a hard bound journal binding with slip case with Mark Cockram

Bookbinding and paper marbling

Ref: S2D12064

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About this course

An introduction to hand making your own hard bound journal or sketchbook with a protective slip case.

Course Description

You will be shown how to hand fold paper into sections, hand sew and hand bind the sections to produce an individual 1/4 cloth case bound book. You will then make a slip case for your book. Both the book and slip case will be covered in paper that you have decorated.

At the end of this course you will be able to understand the nature and properties of the materials used for this flat back case binding and slip case, how to apply simple decorative techniques to paper, and how to use work shop tools and hand tools in the correct manner and take these skills forward with individual flair using minimal tools and equipment.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including book cloth, thread, etc.

What students need to bring

  • An apron and covered footwear is essential in this workshop
  • A notebook and pen, and camera to record your work in progress may be useful.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A1 130gsm Cartridge Paper Long Grain
  • Available from tutor:
  • Book cloth, prepared board, lining materials and thread.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Mark Cockram

After graduating from the bookbinding course at Guildford College of Technology, Mark Cockram studied South East Asian Bookbinding at 'Studio Livre',Tokyo and Book Arts at London College of Printing. Mark opened Studio Five, London in 2003. His diverse work is represented in public and private collections around the world and since being elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders he has been a regular Man Booker Binder.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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