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Cally Trench makes hand-made artist's books in small limited editions. Many are published under the imprint of the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping and Exploration IGLM&E.

If you would like to buy a book, please email me: hello at callytrench dot co dot uk

Many of Cally's books have been exhibited with AMBruno, curated by Sophie Loss, at artists' book fairs and other venues.

Books made individually and collaboratively by Cally Trench and Philip Lee were shown in the library at the University of Westminster, Harrow, in 2018, and in the library of Ravensbourne University, North Greenwich, in 2017.

In 2016, a collection of Cally Trench and Philip Lee's books was shown at the Bower Ashton Library, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol - photographs below. See article on Cally Trench and Philip Lee: Artists' Books on the UWE website.

Cally Trench and Philip Lee's books at UWE

Cally Trench and Philip Lee's books at UWE

Books made individually and collaboratively by Cally Trench and Philip Lee were also shown in the library at the University of Westminster, Harrow, in 2018, and in the library of Ravensbourne University, North Greenwich, in 2017.

In November-December 2019, Cally's books were shown in display cases at Wycombe Library.

VU Meter by Cally Trench

Eight micro stories written by Cally Trench are accompanied by original drawings of a VU meter: an analogue device for measuring loudness, marked from -20 to +3 VU with the volume indicated by a needle pointer. Each story culminates with a sentence or phrase that the reader is invited to speak at the appropriate volume. These spoken lines increase in volume from the start to the end of the book. At the end of the first story, you are invited to whisper "Cough sweet", and for the last you are invited to scream "NO!!!!!!".

Cally Trench: VU Meter

Cally Trench
VU Meter (2021)

Cally Trench: VU Meter

VU Meter was produced as part of the AMBruno Volume project.

Printed ink on watercolour paper. Card cover. Pointer drawn by hand in ink. Hand sewn. Edition of 20. Signed and numbered. Price £12.


Book-Wing by Cally Trench

A bird's wing is one thing made up of many feathers, just as a book is one thing made up of many pages. But while all the pages of a book are (usually) the same shape and size, the feathers that make up a bird's wing are shaped according to their function. In this book, each feather is different, an individual ink drawing. The book is constructed so that it can be read like a book or flapped like a wing. It exists in two forms - a right-handed and a left-handed form. If a reader holds both, will it give an illusion of flight?

Cally Trench: Book-Wing

Cally Trench
Book-Wing (2020) Right hand version

Cally Trench: Book-Wing

Cally Trench, Book-Wing (2020)
Left-hand version in its box

Book-Wing was produced as part of the AMBruno One and many pages project.

Printed ink on watercolour paper, bound with glue and machine stitching. Edition of 12: 6 left-hand copies and 6 right-hand copies. Price £45.

The full set of One and many pages books, including Book-Wing, was bought by the British Library, and also by the Library of of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore for their Special Collections.


WE SHALL MEET AGAIN by Cally Trench

A catalogue of late-Victorian and early-Edwardian hands motifs on gravestones. The bereaved would, as now, choose a design, and the printed image on paper became a carved message in stone. One symbol favoured by the newly-widowed was two right hands - one female, one male - touching for the last time, sometimes accompanied by the words WE SHALL MEET AGAIN: a confident promise of reunion as the beloved left this everyday world for the unknowable and immeasurable expanse beyond death. Cally Trench has [re-]created this catalogue by making drawings from fifteen gravestones dated 1890-1916. Published by the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping and Exploration. Edition of 25.

Cally Trench: We Shall Meet Again

Cally Trench: We Shall Meet Again

Cally Trench, We Shall Meet Again
'Sarah Rebecca'

Cally Trench: We Shall Meet Again

Cally Trench, We Shall Meet Again
'Alice Jane'

WE SHALL MEET AGAIN is part of BBruno's collection From this to there.

Printed ink on watercolour paper. Hand sewn. Edition of 25. Signed and numbered. Price £16.

WE SHALL MEET AGAIN was first shown in 2019, at the New York Art Book Fair and the Small Publishers' Fair, London, along with other new books by members of BBruno.

A copy of WE SHALL MEET AGAIN was bought by the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


A Dictionary of Geographical Features in Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian Letter-Cut Stone House Names in High Wycombe by Cally Trench

In certain areas of High Wycombe, there are streets of late-Victorian and early-Edwardian 'villas' of moderate grandeur. These houses are mostly semi-detached, and many still have decorative elements such as carved stone heads and flowers over the windows, and letter-cut stone house names above the storm porch. In slightly less grand houses, a single stone plaque may name a pair or terrace of houses. The stone house names are in varying condition: some are essentially unchanged and unpainted, others all but obliterated by weather or unappreciative owners. Published by the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping and Exploration. Edition of 20.

Cally Trench: A Dictionary of Geographical Features in Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian Letter-Cut Stone House Names in High Wycombe

Cally Trench, A Dictionary of Geographical Features in
Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian Letter-Cut Stone
House Names in High Wycombe
(2019)

Cally Trench: A Dictionary of Geographical Features in Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian Letter-Cut Stone House Names in High Wycombe

A Dictionary of Geographical Features in Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian Letter-Cut Stone House Names in High Wycombe was first shown at BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol in 2019 along with other new books by members of BBruno.

Printed ink on watercolour paper. Card cover. Hand sewn. Edition of 20. Signed and numbered. Price: £12.


Footsie Footzine and Mirror Mirror by Cally Trench

Footsie Footzine (2018) and Mirror Mirror (2018) are zines, made by folding and cutting A4 sheets of printed paper to make small 8-page booklets. Footsie Footzine shows series of drawings in ink, charcoal and pastel of Cally's socked feet. Mirror Mirror shows a series of drawings from life in ink and charcoal Cally's face in a mirror. Unlimited editions.

Cally Trench: Footsie Footzine

Cally Trench: Mirror Mirror

Cally Trench: Footsie Footzine

Cally Trench: Mirror Mirror

Footsie Footzine and Mirror Mirror were shown at BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol in 2019 along with other new books by members of BBruno.

Please feel free to download one or both of these zines as pdf files so that you can make a copy for yourself:

Cally Trench: Footsie Footzine zine and Cally Trench: Mirror Mirror zine.


A follower of holy and godly matrons by Cally Trench

In this reflection on the way veils both conceal and draw attention to the bride at a wedding, photographs of Cally wearing a series of bridal veils are themselves veiled by sheets of translucent paper, thus covering her twice - at times almost to the point of disappearance. Each of the nine tipped-in glossy photographs is accompanied by detailed technical descriptions of each veil and by one word taken from this sentence: ... that this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband; and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons (from The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony in The Book of Common Prayer). This is the form of wedding service used when Cally was a bridesmaid at the weddings of her older cousin and sister-in-law.

Cally Trench: A follower of holy and godly matrons by Cally Trench

Cally Trench
A follower of holy and godly matrons: godly

Cally Trench: A follower of holy and godly matrons by Cally Trench

Cally Trench
A follower of holy and godly matrons: quiet

A follower of holy and godly matrons (2018) was produced as part of the AMBruno Cover project.

Printed ink on watercolour paper, with tipped-in photographs, interleaved with translucent paper. Hand sewn and bound. Hand-painted covers and end papers. Signed and numbered. Edition of 20. Price: £20.

A follower of holy and godly matrons was shown at the 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, at the Tetley, Leeds; at Miss Read, Berlin; at the Small Publishers' Fair, London; and at Volumes, Zürich, all in 2018; and at BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol in 2019. A follower of godly and holy matrons was also included in a selection of books shown by AMBruno at Malmö Artist's Book Biennial, Malmö, Sweden, 2018.

All the books in the Cover collection, including A follower of godly and holy matrons, were bought by the the Kunstbibliothek, Berlin and the British Library. A copy of A follower of godly and holy matrons was also bought by Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts, London) along with some others from the Cover collection.

A photograph of the book, held open by the artist's hands, was made into a banner as part of the FiLiArt 100 project, shown at Tammam Atelier, London; FiLiA Conference, Manchester; Ateliê 397, São Paulo, Brazil; and in a guerilla banner showcase, Parliament Square, London, all in 2018.

A follower of holy and godly matrons (2018) also exists as a short time-lapse film in which the artist appears and disappears while wearing a series of bridal veils (36 seconds).


Passport by Cally Trench

As a child, Cally Trench watched many films in which prisoners-of-war created documents by hand to help escapees. While making Passport (2017) for Rekha Sameer's exhibition PASSPort Britannia in July 2017, Cally took on the persona of a prisoner-of-war whose only exemplar was her mother's 1950 British passport and who had failed to understand the basic premise of a passport. While a passport is a valuable document, it says almost nothing about the individual person who carries it. Cally's Passport contains 'stamps' (drawn by hand) for every place she has lived, schools, jobs and other important life events. It is a kind of autobiography. It is also a recognition that people are more than the identity assigned to them by official documents.

Passport by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Passport:
Opening page (2017)

Passport by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Passport:
Photograph page (2017)

Passport by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Passport:
Hand-drawn 'stamps' (2017)

Passport is a unique book, with hand-painted covers and hand-drawn 'stamps'.

Passport was also exhibited in 2018 in Siblings Cannot Agree at the Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney.


International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

At Cally's English primary school, in the early 1960s, there was an annual 'International Day', when children dressed up in a mish-mash of national costumes. Cally Trench and Philip Lee have re-created 'International Day', and readers are invited to identify the eight European countries they depict, so becoming complicit in the stereotypes.

International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

International Day (2017) was produced as part of AMBruno's [sic] collection.

Printed ink on paper. Card cover. Signed and numbered. Edition of 25. Price: £20.

International Day was shown at PAGES Leeds / International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair at the Tetley in March 2017, at BABE at the Arnolfini, Bristol in April 2017, at Miss Read, Berlin in July 2017, and at The New York Art Book Fair in September 2017.

The entire [sic] collection, including International Day, was bought by the Kunstbibliothek, Berlin, and by the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. A copy of International Day is also in the British Library, and in the Ravensbourne University collection of artists' books.

"Such a great idea and great laugh. You and Philip are just irresistible! Thank you so much for it all. It brings the sun back in my week." (Valérie Mary, 2018)
"My fave pic was seeing you posed as Britannia with the grass rake. It did make me smile." (Amanda Green, 2019)

Cally Trench and Philip Lee performed International Day Readings at the Tetley, Leeds on 5th March 2017, and at the Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) at the Arnolfini, Bristol on 2nd April 2017. Cally, in the role of a teacher, dressed in robes and garlanded with mistletoe, read extracts from the Collins Wide World Reader (of c. 1905) in order to discover more about the character of Europeans, including the English, while Philip took on the role of a human visual aid and personified the different countries described.

International Day and International Day Readings arise out of Cally and Philip's distrust of stereotypes; the book and performances reveal the reductive effects of stereotypes, but in a comedic manner.


Words you could say instead of CHEESE by Cally Trench

Taking photographs and being photographed with a 1950s Kodak Brownie 127 film camera, with the need to pause and pose, means that the occasion is a memorable single moment. We still conventionally say 'cheese' as we pose, but, as we increasingly take unposed snaps with our digital cameras, the need for a single perfect grin is removed. For Words you could say instead of CHEESE (2017), Cally Trench invited people to try out other words, with different vowel sounds, as she photographed them with a Brownie 127 camera. Unlimited edition.

Words you could say instead of CHEESE

Cally Trench
Words you could say instead of CHEESE (2017)

Words you could say instead of CHEESE

Words you could say instead of CHEESE

Words you could say instead of CHEESE was chosen to be included in their stock by Printed Matter, New York.

Words you could say instead of CHEESE also exists as a short silent film (1 min 30 sec).


Cemetery Botany by Cally Trench

Cemetery Botany (2014) shows photographs of small carvings of flowers and plants found on late 19th or early 20th century gravestones, and coloured versions that bring the carvings to life. These stone carvings were chosen by mourners to express their feelings, or the character of the deceased, through the symbolism of plants. Some of the carvings are botanically correct; in others, flowers and leaves do not match. Many similar carvings are now neglected and decaying. Like An Emotional Atlas of Friars Square and Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates, this book was published by the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping & Exploration.

Cemetery Botany

Cemetery Botany

Printed ink on paper. Hand sewn. Signed and numbered. Edition of 25. Price: £15.

A copy of Cemetery Botany is in the Ravensbourne University collection of artists' books.

Cemetery Botany also exists as a short time-lapse film, in which the carvings are animated in colour, with music written specially for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016 (2 min 21 sec).


Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates by Cally Trench

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates (2013) is a spotter's guide to a dying species; front gates are disappearing from our streets as front gardens are converted into parking spaces. Made of wrought iron, with curly and straight lines translated into metal, these gates are symbolic portals rather than solid defences. Like An Emotional Atlas of Friars Square, this book was published by the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping & Exploration (IGLM&E).

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates was produced as part of AMBruno's Lines project.

Printed ink on bamboo paper. Card cover. Hand sewn. Signed and numbered. Edition of 15. Price: £15.

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates was shown at the Whitechapel Art Book Fair 2013.

A copy of all the books in the Lines collection, including Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates, was bought by the Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem, Library for the Artist's Book, in Sydney, Australia.


16 Dada Heads by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

To celebrate the start of Dada in 1916, Cally Trench and Philip Lee made 16 Dada Heads (2013) based on, inspired by, or completely tangential to Dada. They include our reinterpretation of Marcel Duchamp's Rrose Sélavy, Raoul Hausmann's Mechanical Head, and fourteen others, featuring Cally and Philip as models, photographers, and designers/interpreters.

16 Dada Heads

16 Dada Heads

16 Dada Heads

16 Dada Heads was produced as part of the AMBruno Sixteen collection.

Printed ink on watercolour paper, with collage and hand-drawn additions. Hand sewn. Signed and numbered. Two editions of 16. Price: £16.

16 Dada Heads was shown at the 16th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds; at the Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE); and the Artists Book Fair, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, all in 2013.

16 Dada Heads was also included in Punctuations, Separations & Artists' Books at Emma Hill Fine Art Eagle Gallery, London in 2013, where Cally and Philip performed Sixteen Dada Heads, during Drinks and Dada on 13th July 2013. Cally and Philip performed Sixteen Dada Heads again at The Tetley, Leeds on Sunday 9th March 2014 as part of Book Act, an AMBruno event curated by Sophie Loss.


Start and End Paper by Cally Trench

Start and End Paper (2012) is a one-fold book, the simplest form of a book. It shows 'marbling', actually drawn by hand on a computer, on both sides, in recollection of the marbled end papers in some old books.

Start and End Paper

Cally Trench, Start and End Paper (2012)

Start and End Paper

Start and End Paper was produced as part of AMBruno's One-Fold Books collection.

Printed ink on paper. Double-sided single folded sheet. Unlimited edition. Price: £1.

Start and End Paper was shown at the 15th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds; in At Play 2012, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham; in X Marks the Bökship, London (all 2012); and Publish and Be Damned, ICA, London in 2013.

A copy of Start and End Paper is in the Ravensbourne University collection of artists' books.


All the names I have ever been called by Cally Trench

All the names I have ever been called (2012) is a list of names on a scroll in a matchbox. It was made as part of a Remarkable and Curious Conversations project proposed by Kay Sentance, who wrote: 'My proposal is that we Remarkables will show and share our work with other, and give each other a taste of our work that we can actually hold, in a minature form.'

All the names I have ever been called

Cally Trench
All the names I have ever been called (2012)
Scroll in a matchbox. Unique copy.

To see all the matchboxes: Getting to know you in a matchbox.

The matchboxes were all shown in Remarkable Shed, London in 2012.


Blue Home Grown by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Blue Home Grown by Cally Trench and Philip Lee is a friendly homage to Roy Hay's Home Grown, a gardening hit of 1956, based on a BBC programme.

Blue Home Grown

Blue Home Grown

Blue Home Grown was produced as part of AMBruno's Blue collection.

Printed ink on photographic paper, interleaved with original pages from Home Grown by Roy Hay. Card cover. Signed and numbered. Two editions of 6. Price: £20.

Blue Home Grown was exhibited at the 2011 London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

The V&A bought a copy of every book in AMBruno's Blue collection, including Blue Home Grown.


I fear the Twig Ogre and I love balloons by Cally Trench

This bookmark, I fear the Twig Ogre and I love balloons (2011), was inspired by the way that reading creates strong emotions and takes us to other places. Every bookmark in the edition of 100 is slightly different as a result of the techniques used - watercolour and print on watercolour paper. The expression on the balloon's face, for example, varies because it was drawn by hand.

I fear the Twig Ogre and I love balloons I fear the Twig Ogre and I love balloons

I fear the Twig Ogre and I love balloons was made for Bookmarks X : Infiltrating the Library System, a project by The University of the West of England (The Centre for Fine Print Research), in which artist-made bookmarks are distributed free via worldwide library venues.


Remarkable Bookshelf and Remarkable Bookshelf 2 by Cally Trench

Remarkable Bookshelf (2010) resulted when Cally Trench asked the Remarkable and Curious Conversations artists in June 2010 what they were reading; and she made a zigzag book from photographs of one hundred of the book spines. Edition of 30. Remarkable Bookshelf (2010) was shown at the 2011 International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair in Leeds.

Remarkable Bookshelf

Cally Trench, Remarkable Bookshelf (2010).

Remarkable Bookshelf 2

Cally Trench, Remarkable Bookshelf 2 (2011)

A copy of Remarkable Bookshelf was bought by the Tate.

In July 2011, Cally Trench once again asked the Remarkable and Curious Conversations artists what they were reading, and she made a zigzag book, Remarkable Bookshelf 2 (2011) from photographs of the book spines. Remarkable Bookshelf 2 was shown in Remarkable Shed, London in 2012. Unique copy.

For more details: Remarkable Bookshelf and Remarkable Bookshelf 2


Feel Good Miniature Scrolls by Cally Trench

Cally Trench's Feel Good Miniature Scrolls (2011) were presented as a lucky dip at Artsmart, Chelsea College of At and Design in July 2011.

Feel Good Miniature scrolls

Teatime by Cally Trench

Teatime (2009) is a handmade pop-up book with four scenes, showing an encounter at teatime.

Teatime

Teatime

Printed ink on paper. Cut, engineered and glued onto watercolour paper. Hand sewn. Signed and numbered. Edition of 10. Price: £25.

Teatime was exhibited with AMBruno in the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2010 and the Leeds International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair in 2011.


Sideways On by Cally Trench

Sideways On (2009) is a handmade version of a 1960s family photograph album, which presents 24 pairs of profile photographs of friends, family, statues and a dog, back to back with themselves. The album itself was made by hand.

Sideways On

Sideways On Sideways On

Hand-made album: black paper leaves inside hand-made and painted covers, bound with silk plaited rope. Tipped-in photographs. Signed and numbered. Edition of 3. Price: £35.

Sideways on was shown at the New York Artists' Book Fair in 2009 with AMBruno. Edition of 3.


Letter from Gran by Cally Trench

Letter from Gran (2009) is an enlarged embroidered copy of a letter written by the artist's grandmother in 1963.

Letter from Gran

Cally Trench, Letter from Gran (2009)
Unique book. Silk and cotton. Private collection.

Letter from Gran was shown in Wrapped and Encased in Liverpool 08 and in Parcel Fever in Reading in 2010.


Emotional Atlas of Friars Square by Cally Trench

An Emotional Atlas of Friars Square (2008) was based on an emotional mapping project in Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury. It was published by the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping & Exploration (IGLM&E).

Emotional Atlas

Emotional Atlas

Printed ink on paper, tipped into a watercolour zigzag construction, with hand-made and painted slip case. Signed and numbered. Edition of 5. Price: £15.

An Emotional Atlas of Friars Square was included in Ting-Ting Cheng's project The Atlas of places that don't exist in Corner, Hotel c'est la vie project space, Whitechapel, London; Art Stage, Singapore; and You are here Festival, Kingsgate Gallery, London, in 2013-2014.

A copy of An Emotional Atlas of Friars Square is in the Ravensbourne University collection of artists' books.


Eleven Views of Fiona's Washing Line by Cally Trench

Eleven Views of Fiona's Washing Line (2008) is a zigzag book, showing a series of photographs taken at different times of the year of a laden washing line. Cally Trench writes: 'It echoes the kind of concertina books of photographs of holiday resorts that could be bought as souvenirs in my childhood, and collections of prints by Hokusai, such as Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji.'

Printed ink photographs tipped into a watercolour paper zigzag construction, with hanging ribbon. Signed and numbered. Edition of 11. Price: £15.

Eleven Views

Eleven Views


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