A large part of Leila Smith‘s practice is developed through the making process; using the making process to develop her ideas through the materials and process of craft. Using metalwork and combining other media enables Smith to explore complex ideas of symbolism attached to materials and form. Having taught as a technician at Central Saint Martins and working as a freelance metalworker/carpenter has professionally informed artist’s making. Leila’s freelance work has largely centered around commissions in furniture, theatre work, art installations, shop window design etc, working for companies such as Harrods, Nike, Asprey, Ace Hotels, and events such as Green Man festival.
Previous to moving to Glasgow to start a Masters in Research at the GSA Leila Smith had a successful career in London as predominantly a freelance metalworker. She has also been engaged with providing support as an Arts Educator, in the form of developing and running workshops as well as continuing to make her own work. Having gained over 2 years experience as a technician at Central Saint Martins, which included both workshop assistance in the wood, metal and casting areas Leila also since leaving her role there continually has been employed through commissions and relative companies to produce high quality works in theatre work, architectural work, design companies, and furniture companies. Whilst this experience has informed artist’s making skills she is now pursuing a Masters in Research and focusing on her practice as an artist.