HOLDFAST is the culmination of a year-long Arts Council funded project. Louise Frances Smith has experimented with using local materials in her practice, focusing on seaweed, chalk and clay. Inspired by the Thanet coastline where there is an abundance of seaweed in the summer and fallen chalk from the cliffs in winter, the resulting works create a physical and conceptual link back to the landscape.
Louise has delved deeper into her interest in using alternative materials alongside clay but also exploring the materials on their own. This process has opened up avenues of working with waste material from her own practice, residues from making and experimentation – questioning the nature of having a circular practice.