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Felieke van der Leest

Jeweller
Published: 10.02.2015
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Piece: The Last Frontier, 2014
Silver, bone
24 x 8.5 x 14 cm
Bracelet and rings
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Piece: The Last Frontier, 2014
Textile, silver, bone
Object: 27 x 21 x 11 cm
Object with bracelet and rings
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Earrings: Peek-a-Puma, 2014
Textile, plastic animals, gold
7 x 5 x 1.5 cm each
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Piece: African Caucasian Indian, 2014
Textile, gold, Argentium®, silver, moonstone
Sheep head: 8 x 8 x 4 cm
Necklace and brooch
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Piece: African American Indian, 2013
Textile, gold, silver
Bison head: 12 x 7.5 x 4 cm
Necklace and brooch
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Piece: Pregnant Grizzly Bearmaid, 2013
Textile, plastic animals, gold, jasper
Bear cub: 10 x 3.5 x 3 cm
Object with brooch
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Necklace: Mariposa Caterpillaria, 2013
Textile, plastic animal, glass beads
15 x 5 x 5 cm
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Brooch: Cradleboard Bambi, 2013
Textile, plastic animal, glass beads, gold, leather
7 x 3.5 x 3 cm
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Piece: Run Roadrunners Run !, 2013
Silver, plastic animals, cubic zirconia, glass beads, polyethylene
21.5 x 6.5 x 8.5 cm
Object with bracelet
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Brooch: Cradleboard Bunny, 2013
Argentium silver, glass beads, textile, plastic animal, gold
7 x 3.5 x 3 cm
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Brooch: The End 4, 2013
Glass beads, plastic animal, silver, leather
12 x 11 x 4 cm
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Brooch: Anti-War Warrior, 2012
Textile, glass beads, gold, topaz, onyx, silver
8.5 x 9 x 4 cm
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Necklace: The Spinster Sisters, 2012
Textile, plastic animals, glass beads, gold, cubic zirconia
27 x 16 x 4 cm
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Brooch: The End 2, 2012
Glass beads, plastic animal, silver, leather
12 x 13 x 4 cm
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Brooch: Texas Longesthorn, 2012
Textile, glass beads, plastic animal, gold, silver
15 x 10 x 4 cm
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Brooch: The End 3, 2012
Glass beads, plastic animal, silver, leather
12 x 11 x 4 cm
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Brooch: Crazy Horse, 2010
Textile, gold, oxidized silver, plastic animal, glass beads, topaz
15.5 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm
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Brooch: Gonzalez Brothers, 2011
Textile, plastic animals, oxidized silver, gold, cubic zirkonia
11 x 7 x 2.5 cm
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Brooch: Peace Parrot, 2010
Textile, glass beads, gold plated metal, plastic animal, gold, cubic zirkonia
14 x 10 x 2.5 cm
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Brooch: Billy the Kids, 2011
Textile, plastic animals, silver, glass beads, gold, cubic zirkonia
11 x 8 x 3 cm
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Necklace: Incognitos Anonymous, 2011
Plastic animals, silver, glass beads, textile, leather
Pendant: 8 x 8 x 8 cm Carpet: 16.5 x 16.5 x 0.5 cm
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Necklace: Incognitos Anonymous, 2011
Plastic animals, silver, glass beads, textile, leather
Pendant: 8 x 8 x 8 cm
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Ring: Squaw Kitten, 2011
Silver, glass beads, textile
12 x 7.5 x 0.5 cm
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Brooch: Peace Puffin, 2011
Textile, glass beads, silver plated metal, plastic animal, silver, cubic zirkonia
13 x 10 x 2.5 cm
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Necklace: The Beaver Family from Pencil Creek, 2011
Pencils, hemalyke®, silver, plastic animals, turquoise, textile, cubic zirkonia
Pencil house: 16.5 x 16 x 0.7 cm Frame with beavers: 9 x 9 x 3 cm
This necklace is a combination of two separate necklaces.
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Necklace: Spirit of the Cat, 2011
Glass beads, silver, gold, plastic animal, topaz
Pendant: 22 x 7.5 x 2 cm
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Brooch: The End 1, 2011
Glass beads, plastic animal, silver, leather
12 x 11 x 4 cm
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Brooch: Billy Bang, 2009
Textile, plastic animal, gold, Swarovski crystal, silver, sapphire
12 x 8 x 3 cm
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Brooch: McPufff, 2009
Textile, gold, plastic animal, glass beads, cubic zirkonia
9.5 x 9.5 x 3.5 cm
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Brooch: Sharky Boy, 2009
Textile, galvanized glass beads, gold, plastic animal, topaz
10 x 10 x 4.5 cm
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Brooch: Bull !, 2008
Plastic, white gold, oxidized silver, textile, synth, ruby
8 x 8 x 4.5 cm
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Necklace: Game of the Cheetah’s, 2008
Textile, plastic animals, glass beads, oxidized silver, gold
25 x 32 x 2.5 cm
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Ring: Prima Ballerina Hippo-Lolita, 2008
Plastic animal, textile, bone, gold, cubic zirkonia
6 x 6 x 7.5 cm
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Brooch: Olympia, 2008
Textile, plastic animal, oxidized silver, cubic zirkonia
12.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
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Bracelet: The J. Russels, 2008
Textile, gold, plastic animal, cubic zirkonia
21 x 7 x 2.5 cm
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Earrings: The Outsiders, 2008
Plastic animals, gold (yellow, white, red), oxidized silver
4 x 2.5 x 2 cm each
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Brooch: Referee-San, 2008
Textile, glass beads, gold, cubic zirkonia
13 x 10 x 2.5 cm
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Necklace: Sven Svanson the First, 2008
Textile, plastic animal, gold, glass beads
15 x 11.5 x 5 cm
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Ring: Soccer Baby, 2008
Glass beads, gold, textile, silver, cubic zirkonia
7.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm
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Neckpiece: Second Peleton, 2008
Plastic animals, oxidized silver, glass beads
Group of animals: 15 x 15 x 4 cm
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Object: Sir Beauty B. Dandy, 2008
Plastic animal, goldplated silver, oxidized silver, glass beads, hair, textile, cubic zirkonia
22 x 18 x 11 cm
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Necklace: Yellow Kelly, 2008
Glass beads, textile, gold, plastic animal, cubic zirkonia
10 x 10 x 3.5 cm
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Brooch: Prof. Dr. Kong Sr., 2007
Textile, plastic animal, silver, cubic zirkonia
19 x 8.5 x 3.5 cm
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Earrings: The Kalf Sisters, 2007
Plastic animal, silver, 14kt gold, plastic pearls, cubic zirconium
3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm each
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Brooch: Super Freak Zebra, 2007
Textile, plastic animal, 14kt gold, glass, cubic zirconium
15 x 6 x 3 cm
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Piece: Pregnant Koala Bearmaid, 2007
Textile, plastic animal, plastic pearls
Object: 15 x 13 x 5.5 cm, Brooch: 11.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm
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Necklace: Gusz Goosz, 2006
14kt gold, textile, glass, plastic animal, topaz
Hanging goose: 12.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
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Brooch: Rocky the Rock Penguin alias The Stork, 2006
Plastic animal, 14kt gold, cubic zirkonia
10 x 10 x 5 cm
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Brooch: Snow White, 2007
Textile, 14kt gold, plastic animal
11 x 5 x 3 cm
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Brooch: Jumbo Star Brother, 2007
Plastic animal, textile, silver, cubic zirconium
12 x 17 x 7 cm
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Brooch: Bat Girl, 2007
Textile, plastic animal, 14 & 18kt gold, cubic zirconium
21 x 14 x 3 cm
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Piece: Snail-with-Sprouts Train, 2006
Textile, plastic animal, silver (rhodinated), coral (painted)
32 x 4.5 x 6 cm
Object with bracelet
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Brooch: Meercat Don Q, 2006
Plastic animal, textile, silver, gravel
10 x 4 x 5 cm
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Piece: Hare O’Harix and His 6 Carrots, 2006
Textile, 18kt gold, plastic animal
Object: 30 x 4 x 3.5 cm
Object with bracelet
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Brooch: Monsieur le Toucan, 2005
Textile, plastic animal, 14kt gold, cubic zirkonia
11.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm
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Necklace: Black Crow with the Golden Feathers, 2005
Textile, plastic animal, 14kt gold, cubic zirconia
Crow: 10.5 x 11.5 x 7 cm
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Brooch: Black Clown with the Golden Heart, 2005
Textile, plastic animal, polymer clay
17 x 10 x 6 cm
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Brooch: Spermheart, 1996
Textile, rubber, safety-pin
8 cm
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Statement

Animals have a special place in Felieke van der Leest's heart. She provides many animals with a busy social life as ornaments, gives a select group a nice home in museums and she placed a few oversized specimens in the center of everyone's attention in meeting rooms and stairwells. Jewellery, object or light fixture, the scale or function is not the aspect that inspires Van der Leest: the telling of unusual stories is always her main motivation.

Van der Leest has enriched jewellery design with the introduction of textile techniques. Combining this with gold, silver and plastic, in ten years time she developed her own idiom. She drew from her childhood in Emmen where she would visit the local zoo and also from her metalsmith education in Schoonhoven. Her unbridled imagination later came to full bloom at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. For someone who normally works with hand sized pieces it is remarkable to develop monumental installations. Nevertheless, Van der Leest has already produced some 'jewels' for public spaces, cooperating with her cousin in Neef Nicht Design.

A continuous flow of her work now finds its way to numerous exhibitions. In addition, it is happily collected by individuals and museums through the galleries that represent her in Amsterdam, New York and Tokyo. A great milestone was the 2006 exhibition Jewellery Fables: the museum in Middlesbrough (mima) exhibited an overview of all her work and also published an accompanying catalog.

Apart from the obvious fun her work sometimes showes an unexpected serious side. Contemporary issues such as the environment, dealing with animals and all kinds of social problems are touched upon. In this way Van der Leest, like Jean de La Fontaine in his famous fables, shows us the other side of the coin. But her most important quality continues to be her unstoppable enthusiasm for making new pieces and the joy they give us, the spectators.

Ward Schrijver

Events

07-Jan-2015 - 01-Mar-2015 Art Jewelry Today, ARTIUM Presented by Mitsubishi-Jisho Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
29-Jan-2015 - 29-Apr-2015 15th Erfurt Jewellery Symposium, Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Hanau, Germany
30-Jan-2015 - 28-Mar-2015 Haute Couture !, Caroline van Hoek, Brussels, Belgium
01-Feb-2015 - 25-May-2015 Into the Zoo, Solo exhibition, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
11-Jul-2015 - 20-Sep-2015 Not Too Precious, Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire, UK
04-Sep-2015 - 25-Oct-2015 Into the Zoo, Solo exhibition, National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Trondheim, Norway

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