Seán O’Sullivan owns Badly Made Books, a stationery, design and printing shop/workshop at 1, Friar Street, Cork. The shop opened on April 19 this year. The business itself has been going for about two and a half years. It was more of a workshop than a shop originally. I started the business in my bedroom in Dublin, then I moved to Little Island in Cork, where my uncle gave me a back room in a warehouse. I was born in Dublin, moved back to Glanmire in Cork when I was ten, then went back to Dublin to study industrial design at the National College of Art and Design. After that, I headed off to Germany for a few years, I lived in Berlin for a while. On my return, I decided I wanted to work again in design but I wasn’t sure what form that would take. I had been drawing in my spare time when I was working in bars in Berlin so I set out to become an illustrator and wrote a book called Other Seas. I realised I didn’t know anything about the production of books or how to distribute a book. I started to find out how books were made… I did that through making a lot of mistakes. The books I was making, in their blank form, as notebooks, were quite popular and helped to keep the drea...