With our strong interest in environmentally-minded arts practice, 7000 Trees can run small-group workshops that explore many resonant themes in today’s current environmental climate, such as waste, recycling, and ecology. Workshops explore several common environmental arts-practices, such as toy-hacking, circuit-bending, up-cycling, and environmental design. We can create specific workshops that deal with the issues facing your project, group, or workplace, and endeavour to provide the tools for creative practitioners to think more broadly about the environmental impact of their work.
We can run sessions that explore the local environment, engaging with issues surrounding climate change and ecological engagement, and using local natural materials to both develop art and reflect upon our relationship to the natural world in a creative fashion.
Locating arts-practice within its wider ecology is paramount to everything we do. Our very first event was a field-recording workshop held at Lewes Chapel Hill - a historically rich site that was the location of Englands deadliest avalanche.
Incorporating sound-recording, photography, and leaf rubbing, with instructed participants in the numerous approaches one can take when seeking to document their environment. Participants were tasked with taking 10 polaroid photos of their surroundings, encouraging participants to both focus on the world around them and to collectively discuss the aesthetic, cultural, and historic value of the stimuli they percieved.
Digital technology can often seem antithetical to engagement with the natural world, hidden behind a screen or device. However, there are numerous ways that natural materials can be incorporated into digital practices, such as the creation of digital brushes.
Long walks in the woodlands are used to collect leaves, bark, and other such natural debris, which are taken back to the studio and photographed or scanned. These images are then edited and and fitted to brush templates, allowing the user to 'draw' with them as elaborate brushes and nibs in software such as photoshop or affinity design.
This is a great way of not only ensuring a level of originality within your artwork, but of embedding numerous practices - walking, photography, land-art - directly within your craft.