Bookbinding in the Media (at last!)

Great excitement. Driving to Bristol to attend BABE 2015 at the Arnolfini (highly recommended) and whose dulcit tones come over the airwaves but our very own Mark Cockram being interviewed on Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4.


You can listen to the programme here (ps you might want to fast forward to the end for Mark’s bit but you shouldn’t miss Zandra Rhodes and Chilly Gonzales – hallowed company indeed.)

Tomorrow’s Past courses at Ascona, Switzerland in July 2015.

The group: ‘Tomorrow’s Past’, will be teaching their ideas and principles at the beautiful Centro Bel Libro in Ascona this summer.  A chance to explore and create modern conservation bindings for antiquarian books.  See the cbl website for more details:
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“Tomorrow’s Past” – Part 1

Monday, 13. July 2015 to Friday, 17. July 2015
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“Surely it is better to create tomorrow’s past than to repeat today’s” Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996) The first day of this five-day course will be an introduction to the ideals and principles which guide the work of Tomorrow’s Past. The subsequent four days will be a practical workshop on making con…  [+]

Course fee:

CHF 1150.00

Bookbinders, interested people with previous knowledge

English and explanations in a second language


„Tomorrow’s Past“ – Part 2

Monday, 20. July 2015 to Thursday, 23. July 2015
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“Surely it is better to create tomorrow’s past than to repeat today’s” Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996). The starting point for this four-day course will be an antiquarian book in need of repair.  We will examine and diagnose the problems of the book, before exploring different ways of creating ne…  [+]

Course fee:

CHF 920.00


Bookbinders, interested people with previous knowledge

English and explanations in a second language

Trevor Jones retrospective at St. Brides

It’s the last few days of this wonderful exhibition. Do try to get there if you can. Details are on the Designer Bookbinders website

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The 46th California International Antiquarian Bookfair – here we come!

If you miss us at Codex then be sure to try and catch up with us at the San Francisco bookfair on Robert Frew‘s stand (no.617). Thanks for that Robert.

A gallery of some of the books going to Codex – more to follow


Here is the full list of books going to Codex 2013


Meynell, Frances – Poems & Pieces. 1911 to 1961. 482 of 750. The Nonesuch Press. 1961.

Bound in full chocolate goatskin with multi-coloured onlays. The drop-back box also houses an original prospectus that accompanies the book. Bound 2011.


De la Mare, Walter – Winged Chariot. Faber and Faber. 1951.

Bound in full burgundy goatskin with tooling in Caplain leaf. Drop-back box. Bound 2012.



Butterflies: Collection One. Designed and Illustrated by Hannah Brown.

The book is a concertina binding with wenge wood boards. The front board is drilled and inset with three small origami butterflies in miscellaneous papers behind acrylic windows. The boards have sewn detail and 9ct gold wire attached to surface and the book is held together with a leather-covered magnetic strap. The pages are individually hand-illustrated, sewn and tooled in carbon and gold foil. The box is made from tulip wood which has been routed, mitred and glued with an acrylic window inset into the top of the box to view nine origami butterflies.

This book is a ‘make your own’ origami book with step-by-step instructions of how to make your own origami butterfly. It is made in a square format to reflect the nature of the origami paper and includes a pouch with papers in it so you can make your own. The pages include imagery of the patterns made by each fold whilst progressing through the steps. The box is designed to be like a specimen box in a museum and uses genuine entomological pins to hold the butterflies in place. Within the box is a pouch, held in with red elastic, containing paper squares to make your own butterfly.




Cobbett, William – Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine.  ill. Gillray. Nonesuch Press, 1927.

Hand dyed fair goat. Coloured top edge, silk sewn end bands with coloured tooling. Hand dyed edge to edge doublers and manipulated end papers.
The design reflects the colour life, slip ups and adventures of Peter Porcupine.



Gogol, Nikolai – The Collected Stories of Gogol. Ill.Peter Suart. Folio Society. 2010.

Bound in full pink reverse goatskin with sanded purple goatskin onlay. Buttons sewn on and Japanese paper labels refer to each object within the small acrylic balls. They are connected by dotted lines with arrow heads, tooled in carbon. Complete with a drop back box and a magnifying lens for inspection. Bound 2011



Flynn, Danny – Finger Print. Ill. Eri Funazaki. Flynn & Funazaki. 2011.

Bound in goat skin and letterpress printed suede. Finished with gold and carbon tooling. Housed in a full leather box resembling a giant metal type of a pointy finger. The design was influenced by old wooden poster type and geometrical shape of printing furniture and quoins. It ends with a question, ‘Can it be trusted?’ The answer is ‘Well I really don’t know’


Flynn, Danny – One and Two. Ill. Eri Funazaki. Flynn & Funazaki. 2011.

Full calf, thin recessed leather onlay of an image of building site crane. The text was handset in metal type with screen-print and letterpress illustrations and additional gold tooling. Stub style sewing with leather jointed hand printed doublures. The couple within the text don’t sound like they know how to get on at all.

$ 1750


Pushkin, Alexander – Winter Evening. Ill. Neil Holland. Gwasg Gregynog. 1999.

Full leather binding in ultra flatback style; hand printed endpapers with leather joint to edge to edge handprinted doublers; blind and coloured tooling.



Mason, John – A Song in Favour of Bundling. ill Rigby Graham. Orpheus Press. 1961.

Full native Morroccan goat complete with flea bites and scratches, blind tooling, gold leaf highlights.


Shakespeare, William – The Sonnets. Ltd edn 148/1000. Riccardi Press. 1913.

Full fair calf, hand dyed graduating pink through red, gold tooling, teg.



Water. A Series of Interpretations on the Theme of Water. ill Clare Curtis et al.  Incline Press. 2008.

Double hollow in goatskin and paper. Cover paper decorated with gouache and salt. Leather inlay. Illustrations into final section in a concertina. Blind tooling on the spine.


KEATS, John – The Eve of Saint Agnes. A. C. Curtis. 1903.

The book is sewn on an accordion guard on printed paper with Japanese Kozo paper lining. It is a three phase binding.



Amman, Jost – Cuts of Craft Workers. (63 woodcut illustrations of craft workers from 16thC.) Incline Press. 2008.

Unsupported link stitch with a Fraynot hinge board attachments. Secondary sewing. Single leather core silk end bands. Top edge hand dyed, remaining edges deckled. Dyed natural calfskin with offset relief printing. Multiple foil hand finishing and black line work. The design was inspired by the woodcuts inside. I considered my own craft and the tools that I use to execute my pieces. I made observational drawings of each tool and these images were used not only for the end papers and doublures but were also used for the cover design. Bound 2009.


Coleridge, Samuel Taylor – Selected Poems. Ill. Miriam Macgregor. Folio Society. 2003.

Unsupported link stitch, linen board attachment with secondary sewing. Hand dyed edges. Hand sewn 5 colour double silk end bands. Water coloured end papers and edge-to-edge doublures. Bound in fair goat hand dyed, multiple onlays and foil and gold finishing. For the design I have visualised what it would be like at the bottom of the sea having taken opium. Bound 2010.




Codex 2013 – here we come!

The Bookbinders Collective are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at this year’s Codex International Bookfair in the Craneway Pavilion, Berkeley, San Francisco. The fair gathers together over 175 of the world’s most distinguished book artists and artisans, private presses and fine art publishers.
We are able to go due to the immense generosity of David Lanning at J. Hewit and Sons. We shall publish a full inventory soon.


London Design Festival – V&A workshops

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Wow – what an incredible turnout! We had over 300 attendees over the course of the day trying their hand at a variety of bookbinding structures as well as being highly entertained by Mark’s demonstration. The verbal feedback was brilliant … Continue reading

Welcome to the new blog for the Bookbinders Collective! We shall be using this blog to keep you updated on upcoming exhibitions and workshops as well as uploading pictures of recent work and how-to videos. Members galleries and contact details can be found under the members menu on the right or by clicking on the relevant name above.

We are really excited to announce that our next event will be a day of workshops on Friday 21st September, 11am-4pm, at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of London Design Festival 2012. This is a free drop-in session in the Sackler Centre. Throughout the day there will be demonstrations and hands-on workshops as well as an exhibition of recent work and an opportunity to chat with the binders. The line-up so far: Mark Cockram – demonstrating disappearing spine binding, Jo Bird – single section pamphlet binding, Midori Kunikata-Cockram – Japanese stab bindings, Kate Holland – concertina binding. All materials are provided. All ages and abilities welcome.