In 2021 Bothy Project, Fogo Island Arts and Fogo Island Workshops collaborated to realise Cross Currents, a residency and professional development project for craft-designer-makers based in Scotland and Newfoundland, Canada. After an open call Florence Dwyer and Clare Robb went on residency to Bothy Project’s Sweeney’s Bothy, Isle of Eigg, and Nicole Travers and Larry Weyand were resident at Fogo Island Arts on Fogo Island.
Cross Currents proposed that residents explore the historical, artistic and social parallels between Scotland’s West Coast and Newfoundland on Canada’s East Coast.
These topics were unpacked in a series of sessions led by: Chris Kabel (product designer, Rotterdam); Charlotte Linton (designer and anthropologist, Glasgow); Amy Prouty (curator and academic, Toronto) and Katy West (designer and educator, Glasgow). Cross Currents builds on work undertaken by Bothy Project in The Pioneers (2016), where makers designed objects useful for its off-grid bothies, and Fogo Island Workshops, which has forged collaborations between designers and local makers to create furniture. Both organisations are committed to excellence in design practice which is informed by place-based artisanal knowledge and skills.
The project was generously funded through British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland’s Connect and Collaborate program, with additional support from Shorefast. Thanks to selection panellists Heather Igloliorte, Irene Kernan, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Katrina Tompkins; An Nead Hand Knitwear, All About Willow and Sarah Boden, on the Isle of Eigg and Winds & Waves Artisan Guild, on Fogo Island.
Find out more about the project at www.bothyproject.com