Jesse Garbe & Geneviève Raiche-Savoie

As an artist/designer collective, The Department of Bird Safety interested in producing socially engaged art that raises awareness about issues concerning endemic and migratory birds. We intend to engage and empower the community through a number of activities, including guided walks through local Vancouver neighborhoods that focus on birds and their habitats. We will also conduct workshops about art and how its can help people gain a greater understanding of our local ecology. We anticipate that through a program of research, outreach, and education, that people will start to take into account non-human uses of the city.


Jesse Garbe, MFA

Jesse Garbe is a Sessional Instructor and Alumni of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In 2008, he also graduated from NSCAD University’s MFA Program, where he received the Joseph Beuys Memorial Award. Jesse’s recent work examines our relationship with nature. It puts forward the idea that paintings, diagrams, taxidermy and other visual aids play a significant role in how we understand animals, plants and their habitats. He is also an avid bird watcher, citizen scientist and general advocate of the ornithological.

info [at] jessegarbe.ca


Geneviève Raiche-Savoie, MDes

Geneviève Raiche-Savoie is an Independent Communication Designer and Sessional Instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Langara. She completed most of her studies in Montréal, where she received a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design from Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2008, Geneviève completed a Master’s degree in Design at NSCAD University. Since then, Geneviève has been engaged in a design practice that emphasizes positive social and environmental change. Her research activities include design projects and competition entries that engage in current issues of sustainability. Some of her work has recently been included in exhibitions about environmental awareness across Europe and Asia.

design [at] genevieveraiche.com