recycled paperbacks

after numerous prototypes, misprints & mistakes the first badly made books were made in Dublin 8 in 2015 by illustrator and designer Seán O Sullivan who originally wanted to start publishing picture books but instead, after developed his own method of binding books, began producing notebooks.

our books are tape-bound, paperbacks that we say are handmade with machines - we blend technology and handcraft to create a very analogue and tactile product. the studio & workshop has been based in Cork since 2017, opening at 1 friar st. in 2019.

we try to use the best of ingredients - our original recipe combines recycled paper, staples, tape, handcraft & machine efficiency to deliver our fresh-baked books.

handmade w/ machines

our workshop combines both hand craft and machine accuracy in the creation of all of our products.

the first tools we used were knives, spoons and rolling pins but its a bit more serious these days with collaters, stitchers, creasers & guillotines all of which help us with the various processes required to make a notebook.

the heartbeat of the workshop is in its makers - in their hands and experience. each book is bound by hand at our Togher-based workshop.

use me...

as designers & artists ourselves we like to think of our books doing a little more than just sitting on a shelf. whether its for writing, drawing, planning, scheming, doodling, list-making, wedding planning or whatever you do best... a notebook is at its best when it's well used.

we love seeing our books in the wild and hope they're being used to assist all the best creative ideas currently brewing.

badly made books... are rubbish