How Trees Talk
We did it
On 31st March 2019 we successfully raised £900 with 26 supporters in 28 days

to support 4 emerging artists in an immersive, creative residency, working together, and designing workshops and interactive exhibitions.

by Josephine Birch in Dittisham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Continue to grow the research project and, as we are all teachers, develop workshops for the public based on our exhibition. We would also like to take this project to London and possibly abroad. 


This is your opportunity to help fund a developing project in its early stages and win exclusive artworks or a Zine made by us (check the rewards section) ! We are choosing to crowd fund at this initial stage because we view this as a 'Research Project' and hope to develop more 'How Trees Talk' proposals in the future: this initial work will shape our future project and help us to apply for arts grants/funding. We hope to take the ideas to other cities to engage the public in working with art and the natural world. We appreciate any donations at this stage that will help us begin our research and design community workshops and exhibitions. 

   Read on to find out more. Thanks!

We are 4 emerging female artists, each with a practise of drawing on location, with explorations of light and memory. Meeting at The Royal Drawing School we found a strong creative bond and supportive friendship through an intensive year of work. Having successfully applied for a short residency at Coombe Farm Studios, where we will have access to the print room and grounds, we would like to raise the funds to support each artists travel to and from the location and fund a weeks work. The supportive, collaborative environment of Coombe and the opportunity to work alongside other artists is an invaluable experience at this stage in our careers; To share what we have learnt and continue to develop our practise. 

 Our Project

  •  The artists will spend the week exploring the natural world through drawing, painting and printmaking. The artists will walk and talk together through the gardens and surrounding countryside, recording conversations, through various mediums, (sound, print, works on paper) to create an immersive depiction of the natural world/modern rural landscape.
  • We are particularly interested in the idea of 4 women working together and in each others company but also in how we experience the natural world, whether it be to seek joy, solace, inspiration; to pay reverence, as contemplation and communication.
  • The process should be experimental and flexible, growing from the outcomes of each artists practice.
  • Key ideas that will feature in the thinking process– women on the land, natural world, tree and root networks, symbiosis and communication, ordered and wild, spirit of place, weather, conversation, sharing, memory and experience.
  •  The residency will culminate in an exhibition at Coombe Farm showing drawings/paintings alongside a recording of the accompanying conversations either through sound or visual mapping.  


Genevieve Irwin is a painter and illustrator based in Manhattan. She received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 2012, majoring in Comparative Literature and minoring in Visual Arts. In 2017, she received her MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. When she is not oil-painting in the studio, teaching, or working on mockups for picture books, Genevieve can be found painting on location. She lets the nature of the scene at hand determine the style and medium that she works in, primarily using walnut ink and watercolor. She is particularly interested in capturing movement, light, and every-day narratives.  See more of Genevieve's work or  INSTAGRAM


  • Bobbye Fermie was born in Amsterdam and has lived and worked in London since undertaking the post graduate program the Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School in 2015 after having finished her BA in site specific art at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. Bobbye's work focuses on place, particularly exploring displacement and dislocation through drawings and paintings of imagined landscapes, scenes and isolated buildings. See more of Bobbye's work or INSTAGRAM

     Christabel Forbes’ work looks at the direct contact from the visual world. She creates purely through observational drawings which are then turned into further works relating to her surroundings. With a strong interest in reality and imagination, her art explores the every day scenes as well as curating a new space. Christabelle obtained her BA at Falmouth College of art and went on to study on The Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School.See more of Christabel's work or INSTAGRAM

  • Josephine Birch is a print maker; with a B.A. in Illustration and the ‘Drawing Year’ scholarship at The Royal Drawing School, after which she obtained her M.A in Children’s Book Illustration at CSA. She has always been drawn to narrative and is passionate about drawing. Working primarily on location, allowing the changing weather and uncontrollable factors of working outdoors  to influence the direction of the work.  These works inform her print and picture books placing the work firmly in the natural world and allowing memory and a ‘sense of place’ to influence the direction.See more of Josephine's work or INSTAGRAM


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

How Trees Talk ZINE Reward

A publication of one-off drawings from each of the artists placed amongst thoughts on trees.

£2 or more

Name Pledge Reward

All those who donate to this project will be named in the exhibition and the exhibition pamphlet with THANKS!

£5 or more

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Original print entry Reward

Any pledges over £5 will be entered into the draw to win an original print by Josephine Birch - check out her work @josephinebirch

£50 or more

Original Watercolour Reward

An original watercolour (10cm/14cm) made by one of our artists (at random) plus a copy of our zine.

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