badly made books
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)
custom books available contact:
notebooks ~ a5
new . weekly planners
hardback* - *not hardback
planner ~ A5 (56 weeks)Price€18.00
serendipity A5 - bulletPrice€18.00
bikes A5 - linedPrice€18.00
up in Gurran' - linedPrice€18.00
rochestown A5 - bulletPrice€18.00
nephin A5 - nature bookPrice€18.00
riki the elephant - sketchbookPrice€18.00
gallery A5 - sketchPrice€18.00
mountains A5 - sketchPrice€18.00
dandelions A5 - nature bookPrice€18.00
other seas A5 - mixed rulePrice€18.00
lace fern A5 - linePrice€18.00
country life/city life A5 - mixed rulePrice€18.00
space (red edge) A5 - bulletPrice€18.00
par avion A5 - sketchbookPrice€18.00
space A5 - bullet journalPrice€18.00
flying mans A5 - sketchPrice€18.00
fishes A5 - blankPrice€18.00
recycled & recyclable lay flat books, handmade in Ireland
risograph printed (inks from rice oil)
1 friar st.
10am - 6pm
for imperfect thoughts & half-baked ideas
badly made books are rubbish
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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