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Cally Trench makes hand-made artist's books in small limited editions.

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

In 2017, books made individually and collaboratively by Cally Trench and Philip Lee were shown in the library at Ravensbourne, a design and digital media university college in North Greenwich.

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. Click here for an article about their books on the UWE website.

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Cally Trench and Philip Lee's books at UWE

Cally Trench and Philip Lee's
books at the Bower Ashton Library,
UWE. Photo: Cally Trench

Cally Trench and Philip Lee's books at UWE




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 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 : Visas (2017)

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. Edition of 25. Inkjet printed, hand sewn.

International Day is part of AMBruno's [sic] collection of artists' books, which were shown at PAGES Leeds / International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair at the Tetley in March 2017, at BABE at the Arnolfini, Bristol in April 2017, and at Miss Read, Berlin in July 2017. The entire [sic] collection was bought by the Kunstbibliothek, Berlin.

International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Cally Trench and Philip Lee
International Day (2017)

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; they 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.

Watch Cally Trench's short film Words you could say instead of CHEESE on Youtube.

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

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.

Watch Cally Trench's short film Cemetery Botany on Youtube, in which the carvings are animated in colour, with music written specially for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016.

Cemetery Botany

Cally Trench
Cemetery Botany (2014)

Cemetery Botany



Cemetery Botany



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. was produced as part of the Lines project initiated by AMBruno on the occasion of the Whitechapel Art Book Fair 2013. Inkjet printed on 100 g/sqm Conqueror bamboo crema paper, with a hand-sewn binding and a hand-painted gold emblem. First edition of 15, signed by artist, approximately 12 x 12 cm.

Like An Emotional Atlas of Friars Square, this book was published by the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping & Exploration (IGLM&E). 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.

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates

Cally Trench
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates
(2013)
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates




Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates




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. The book is made of photographs, collage and drawing on watercolour paper, with a hand-sewn binding. The photographs above show Lovingly, Alienation, and Moaner.

16 Dada Heads was shown at the 16th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds, 2013, as part of a a group of books on the theme of 'sixteen', curated by Sophie Loss, and also in the Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) and the Artists Book Fair, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 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.

16 Dada Heads

Cally Trench and Philip Lee
16 Dada Heads (2013)

16 Dada Heads



16 Dada Heads



16 Dada Heads



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. It was shown as part of a group of one-fold books, curated by Sophie Loss and John McDowall, in the 15th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of 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.

Start and End Paper

Cally Trench Start and End Paper (2012)
One-fold book. Unlimited edition.

Start and End Paper



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.' To see all the matchboxes: Getting to know you in a matchbox. The work was all shown in Remarkable Shed, London in 2012.

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.

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. It was exhibited with AMBRuno at the 2011 London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, where AMBruno showed a collection of books on the theme of 'blue', curated by Sophie Loss. The V & A bought a copy of every book in AMBruno's Blue collection, including Blue Home Grown. Blue Home Grown was also part of Remarkable and Curious Conversations: Blue Home Grown

Blue Home Grown

Cally Trench and Philip Lee
Blue Home Grown
(2011) First edition of six.

Blue Home Grown



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. The bookmark 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.

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

Cally Trench
I fear the Twig Ogre
(2011)

Measure for Measure Flipbook by Cally Trench, Philip Lee and Judy Goldhill

Cally Trench, Philip Lee and Judy Goldhill collaborated to make a series of photographs of live body artist Philip Lee rotating as stripes of paint appear down his body. These photographs have been made into a timelapse film, and into flipbooks. In Measure for Measure Flipbook, the photographs have been inserted into the bottom right-hand corner of each page of a Folio edition copy of Measure for Measure. Measure for Measure Flipbook was shown in Do you remember it - or weren't you there? at London Gallery West, University of Westminster, in 2013. To see the timelapse film, click The Camouflage Flipbook Movie on vimeo. This film contains nudity.

Measure For Measure Flipbook

Cally Trench, Philip Lee and Judy Goldhill
Measure For Measure Flipbook (2011)
Artist's book.Unique copy.

Remarkable Bookshelf and Remarkable Bookshelf 2 by Cally Trench

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. Remarkable Bookshelf (2010) was shown at the 2011 International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair in Leeds, where a copy 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. Only one book is still on the bookshelf from last year: Philip Auslander - Liveness: performance in a mediatized culture. Several books appear twice: AS Byatt - The Children's Book; Amy Delarue - Land Girls; Cynthia Freeland - Art Theory: A very short introduction; and Sarah Thornton - Seven Days in the Art World. Proust's first volume turns up twice (in English and in French) as Marcel Proust - The Way by Swann's and as Marcel Proust - Du côté de chez Swann. Remarkable Bookshelf 2 was shown in Remarkable Shed, London in 2012. For more details: Remarkable Bookshelf and Remarkable Bookshelf 2

Remarkable Bookshelf

Cally Trench, Remarkable Bookshelf (2010)
Edition of 30.

Remarkable Bookshelf 2

Cally Trench Remarkable Bookshelf 2 (2011)
Unique copy

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

Cally Trench Feel Good Miniature Scrolls (2011)
Packets of fourteen.

Teatime by Cally Trench

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

Teatime

Cally Trench Teatime (2009)
Edition of 10.

Teatime



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 was shown at the New York Artists' Book Fair in 2009 with AMBruno.

Sideways On

Cally Trench Sideways On (2009)
Edition of 3.

Sideways On Sideways On



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. It was shown in Wrapped and Encased in Liverpool 08 and in Parcel Fever in Reading in 2010.

Letter from Gran

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

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 Cally Trench's organisation the Institute for Ground-Level Mapping & Exploration (IGLM&E). For more information on the project, see Emotional Maps. A copy of 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.

Emotional Atlas

Cally Trench
An Emotional Atlas of
Friars Square
(2008)
Edn of 5.

Emotional Atlas





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 boks 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.'

Eleven Views

Cally Trench Eleven Views of
Fiona's Washing Line
(2008)
Edition of 10.

Eleven Views




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