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badly made books

1 Friar St



monday - friday 

by appointment


shop - 11 - 5pm

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© 2018 badly made books & created with


badly made books

are rubbish


recycled paper



art & design


recycled & recyclable lay flat notebooks, handmade in Ireland


140gsm acid-free note paper from used coffee cups (80% CupCycling TM) 


covers from post consumer waste card (100% recycled) 


risograph printed (inks from rice oil)


82.7% rubbish

custom books available contact:

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notebooks ~ a5
82.5% rubbish
new . weekly planners
hardback* - *not hardback
printed notebooks
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speciality notebooks
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recycled & recyclable lay flat books, handmade in Ireland

risograph printed (inks from rice oil)


submissions to

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1 friar st.



10am - 6pm

for imperfect thoughts & half-baked ideas

badly made books are rubbish




book factory.

our ethos

They say print is dead but at badly made books we know there are still many tasks that only paper can accomplish. Unfortunately paper comes from trees (a key ingredient in maintaining a functioning environment) so at badly made books our print studio specialises in working with recycled papers to create the print essentials that allow creativity to still flourish. 

We believe that in these times we are urgently in need of a few good ideas, and we hope that our notebooks can help foster the development of those ideas. Our big idea is to make essential paper products for local people from items they have once used themselves.

in practice

Our products are handmade with machines. We work to source the finest recycled ingredients and have the machinery to compliment this commitment. The heat-free risograph printing process uses inks made from rice husks (a byproduct of the production of white rice from brown rice), and much of the rest of the equipment involves hand cranking and a dash of elbow grease.

Believing that 'what makes economic sense also makes environmental sense,' the badly made books design style keeps the use of inks to a minimum by utilising negative space and material textures to best effect, further reducing any reliance on plastics. 

All our products are slightly smaller than the standard A5/A4 system in order to minimise wasted paper. All waste paper is further recycled locally into insulation for housing. 

who we are

The studio & workshop has developed since 2015 when product designer & founder Seán O Sullivan wrote & illustrated his first book Other Seas. Like a tree falling in the woods and no one being around to hear, Seán realised that production & distribution of stories was equally as important as the writing & illustration so he started to make some books, badly at first.  

Many badly made books later this attitude of experimentation is still alive and well. We make books and paper products of all shapes, sorts and sizes, having learned that our one core product is infinitely variable and only limited by imagination. 


badly made books is looking for stories and ideas for publications. Please get in touch.

submissions for publication:

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Tamp & Stitch, Temple Bar

Designist, Georges St.

Artium, Powerscourt Townhouse

Artmines, Rathmines Road

Pepper Laine, Dalkey

Article, Powerscourt Townhouse

The Constant Knitter, Francis St



Wild Design Collective, Paul St.

Nano Nagle Place, Douglas St. 

The Glucksman Gallery, UCC

Giles Norman Gallery, Kinsale

Prim's Bookshop, Kinsale

Forest & Flock, Bantry

Unbound, Bridge St.

Wilds, Glandore

Halflight Gallery, Midleton

Bandon Craft Centre, Bandon

Blackrock Castle Observatory



Duo Coffee, Denmark St. 



Made of Irish (

Fold & Seal (



My Shop... Granny Likes It, Upper Abbeygate St.

2 Wild Geese, Corbett Shopping Centre

Treebark Store, Moycullen

Joyce's Craft Shop, Recess



Shells Cade, Strandhill



Chou's Cottage, Westgate



O Reilly Turpin, Westport



Ogham Wishes, Knockcroghery



Buoys & Gulls, Bundoran



Studio Souk, Ann St & Belfast Airport

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