iBB Podcast #8.1 - Mark Cockram. Beginning, Experiments, and Teaching
59 min
Our guest is Mark Cockram, a book artist, teacher, and bookbinder from London, UK. Mark is the owner of the Studio 5 Book Arts. See the timestamps below if you want to skip to some particular part of our talk. Watch the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUnFyGOVuYo Brought to you by iBookBinding. Bookbinding resources and tutorials: http://www.iBookBinding.com Become a patron (and get more content): https://www.patreon.com/ibookbinding You can ask our future guests questions on: Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/ibookbinding/ Discord — https://discord.gg/TJY5FeS Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/iBookBinding/ To follow Mark's projects, use the links below: https://www.instagram.com/markbookartist/ https://twitter.com/markbookartist https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbuiGvf4CuYNSV6LNL7nu5g https://www.facebook.com/mark.cockram.9 Studio 5 Book Arts http://studio5bookbindingandarts.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Studio5Bookarts/ 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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