Bothy Stores is a new curatorial strand of the Bothy Project, conceived in collaboration with designer and curator Katy West. The aim of Bothy Stores is to commission new and innovative work that takes their starting point from the existing and developing Bothy Project network. Each product will be specific to its given bothy, with designers undertaking research residencies to devise products that respond to the bothy’s environment and purpose.
Collectively these projects and outcomes will become part of Bothy Stores, an online shop that presents objects and stories about the Bothy Project. The online shop will launch in 2017 with The Pioneers, a range of six commissions from artists and designers that consider notions around Survival – Protection – Comfort. These products will be produced in Scotland in studios, workshops, and factories, using traditional skills and innovative techniques, highlighting Scotland’s pioneering legacy of craft traditions and innovations in materials, production and manufacture. Throughout 2016 Bothy Stores ran a series of public events to offer participants an opportunity to engage with these designers as their products developed. The Pioneers is supported by Creative Scotland.