Leila Smith

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Over the course of one month I travelled through wind, rain and snow to visit 18 members of the all girl choir Gaggle in and around London. Leila Smith, was the 10th member to be visited.

The daylight was on its way out when I knocked on Leila’s door in Peckham. She is an Art Technician and Metal Worker, and is also a member of the all girls choir, Gaggle where is also known as Boudecia.


When and how did you join Gaggle?
Joined Gaggle in 2009 because of Jade Coles a.k.a Lipstick. I worked with her in a dead end retail job and she knew that I needed something… something extra in life… like Gaggle.

What does your bedroom mean to you?
It’s my safe haven. My space. It’s often surrounded by people and don’t have a lot of alone time so it’s my alone time space.

What object in your bedroom that particularly means something to you?
Stag. Glass bead. Deborah was in LA and she bought one back for each of us. It sits on top and next to a lot of my mementos, the stag is a symbol of strength and purity (and apparently also skilled in music) so it’s a reminder as well as a memento.

What makes you happy?
Being busy.

When did you last cry and why?
Today, cause I got really angry with a driver when they nearly killed me when I was driving my moped. I think it was out of shock, exhaustion, anger and frustration.IMGP6862

What song do you always go back to?
Hmmm, I don’t really, I used to play a song over and over and over again when I first would like it, then I would overkill it and then not be able to listen to it again for like a year so I try and avoid it now.

What is your favourite word?
Can’t answer that… it’s too minimal and having been at art school for three years, so many words were overused to show ‘intelligence’ that I’m bored of words when used to enhance the persons stature rather than so they can actually describe what they want to.

If you could invite anyone into to your bedroom who would it be and why?
My dad, because I wish he was still here.

What would you save if your bedroom were on fire?
Polaroid wall, any photos.IMGP6857

What keeps you awake at night?
Tasks, lists of things to do.

Naked or bed clothes?
Both, winter, as it is now though definitely clothes.

Find Leila on Twitter @boudecia_gaggle

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