Sweeney's Bothy on the Isle of Eigg, created by The Bothy Project in collaboration with artist Alec Finlay
I'm mad about sustainable building projects. But eco-buildings for artists and writers?
It was inevitable I'd fall in love with The Bothy Project. But just the idea of an artist's retreat in a tiny home, gave me lots of pause for thought.
The Bothy Project
The Bothy Project is a network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in diverse locations around Scotland.
Each Bothy is purpose-built in collaboration with visual artists, musicians and writers using sustainable materials and natural building techniques.
“Supported” and self-funded residencies in the Bothies give artists the chance to:
Magical train journey from Glasgow to Oban (c)Cherry Jeffs 2014
After my quick trip to the magical region of Western Scotland last summer, I can't help day-dreaming of spending time in Walden-style solitude in one of these beautiful cabins.
But reality soon hit home. I'd need to drastically adjust the materials I habitually use. How could I dispose of the water I use to clean my brushes from acrylic paint without polluting the environment?
Short of storing it and taking it away with me at the end, the answer is I couldn’t. I'd have to explore more ecological alternatives:
And what about space? Time in a tiny home would force me to spend more time outdoors so I’d be bound to find lots of natural objects of the sort I already include in my work.
But I'd have to pare down my art materials to the absolute essentials. Create a Portable Art Studio in fact.
It got me thinking.
What do we really need to create our work?
Home Art Retreat Repeat!
If you're not off to a cabin in the woods why not join me on my second Home Art Retreat on the weekend of the 7-9th of November?
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