Mark discovered his passion for bookbinding and book arts whilst working in Paris. He enrolled on the bookbinding course at Guildford College of Technology (Diploma in Fine Bookbinding & Conservation), graduating in 1992 with Distinction and The William Matthews Memorial Award for the best overall student. Further tuition included bookbinding at ‘Studio Livre’ Tokyo and the London College of Printing (BA Hons) Book Arts and Crafts.
Opening his first bookbinding studio in Lincoln in 1992 and Studio 5, London in 2003, Mark works in fine contemporary bookbinding, book arts, printing, box art, installation work and collaborative works, both working and teaching various aspects of bookbinding and book arts in Studio 5, the UK, France, USA, India, the Philippines and Japan. Mark gathers his ideas and inspiration from his surroundings, aspects of the ancient and modern, people and places. His work is eclectic – once described as the Christian Lacroix of bookbinding! The work usually combines traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, modifying or manipulating, developing and creating new approaches to realise the final piece.
Mark’s oeuvre is exploratory and diverse being exhibited internationally with work represented in public and private collections including the National Art Library at the V&A Museum, the Library of Congress, The British Library, the Museum of Liverpool and The Art Workers’ Guild. Since being elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Mark has been a regular binder for The Booker Prize.
Elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders 2001, Brother of The Art Workers’ Guild 2008, Special Researcher of the USST Purple Heron Bookbinding Design & Research Centre, Shanghai 2019 and Fellow Bookbinder Purple Heron, Shanghai 2020. Owner/Curator of BASE, Book Art SpacE Gallery, London.