Badly Made Books

February Featured Bookshop.

Badly Made Books are producers of handmade recycled paper notebooks, journals & planners. all our books are made with a minimum of 70% post-consumer waste materials.

Based in Cork City the Badly Made Books studio specialises in the production of high quality, low impact local stationery.

They choose to use recycled materials, Risograph printing and hand-operated, used machines in combination with a unique binding method to create lay flat recycled books for various uses.


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, a book with no readers doesn't make much of a sound. Just before his book fell forgotten back of the couch 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. They make books and paper products of all shapes, sorts and sizes, having learned that their one core product is infinitely variable and only limited by imagination.

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