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Jewelrassic Park by Felieke van der Leest

Exhibition  /  07 Jan 2017  -  18 Feb 2017
Published: 27.01.2017
Felieke van der Leest. Piece: Think Sustainable!, 2017. Textile, plastic animal, oxidized silver, mammoth ivory, glass beads, magnets, steel. 32 x 14 x 14 cm. Object with necklace. Felieke van der Leest
Piece: Think Sustainable!, 2017
Textile, plastic animal, oxidized silver, mammoth ivory, glass beads, magnets, steel
32 x 14 x 14 cm
Object with necklace
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For many years Felieke van der Leest used animals to convey the ideas in her jewellery. She always choose animals that were familiar to us all: as part of our daily life, connected to fairytales or recognizable as a symbol. This time Van der Leest decided on using dinosaurs.

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Felieke van der Leest
Once, the pastoral opening scenes of the film Jurassic Park provided the first spark for her enthousiasm. However tempting a choice, it concerned a world far removed form our own. So she delved into the phenomenon, but eventually had to lose a lot of the actual information in order to get started. It was the only way to get the creative process going and to make connections with the times we live in ourselves. Van der Leest succeeded by relying on her own, (seemingly) carefree approach. She blended themes like environmental issues, rock music, drones and emblems of love with materials such as silver, textile, meteorites and mammoth ivory. Also the resin dino's she employed, led to new solutions, since most of them were too big to be part of wearable pieces of jewellery.

Perhaps the best example of her approach - as unpredictable, as it is humorous - is the pendant 'An Inside Story': two dinosaurs appear within a golden, oval frame, a clear reference to Hollywood's motion picture posters. One is wearing a Gijs Bakker necklace, the other an Emmy van Leersum collar... (both made in the original materials) Are the two pioneers of contemporary jewellery being disqualified as outdated relics? Knowing Van der Leest, that will not be the case; more likely it's a sincere tribute to the longstanding, impressive tradition of art jewellery, of which she herself is a cheerful participant, and the important contributions both Dutch artists made to it. 
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Felieke van der Leest. Necklace: Jewelrassic: An Inside Story, 2017. Textile, plastic animals, oxidized silver, aluminium alloy, paper, plastic, cubic zirconia. 15 x 11 x 6 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Necklace: Jewelrassic: An Inside Story, 2017
Textile, plastic animals, oxidized silver, aluminium alloy, paper, plastic, cubic zirconia
15 x 11 x 6 cm
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Felieke van der Leest. Ring: Rex Ring, 2016. Textile, plastic animal, oxidized silver, cubic zirconia. 4 x 4 x 4 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Ring: Rex Ring, 2016
Textile, plastic animal, oxidized silver, cubic zirconia
4 x 4 x 4 cm
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Felieke van der Leest. Piece: Attendronosaurus, 2016. Textile, plastic animal, Argentium®, glass beads, topaz, steel. Object with brooch. 15 x 17 x 16 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Piece: Attendronosaurus, 2016
Textile, plastic animal, Argentium®, glass beads, topaz, steel
Object with brooch
15 x 17 x 16 cm
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Felieke van der Leest. Piece: Brachiosaurus Tree with UFO Nest and Alien Eggs, 2016. Textile, plastic animal, Argentium®, glass beads, leather, magnets. Object with brooch. 20 x 20 x 31 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Piece: Brachiosaurus Tree with UFO Nest and Alien Eggs, 2016
Textile, plastic animal, Argentium®, glass beads, leather, magnets
Object with brooch
20 x 20 x 31 cm
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Felieke van der Leest. Piece: Hatze Gopteryx and the Mystery Eggs, 2016. Oxidated silver, glass beads, cubic zirconia, magnets. 20 x 20 x 15 cm. Object with bracelet. Felieke van der Leest
Piece: Hatze Gopteryx and the Mystery Eggs, 2016
Oxidated silver, glass beads, cubic zirconia, magnets
20 x 20 x 15 cm
Object with bracelet
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Felieke van der Leest. Bracelet: Hatze Gopteryx and the Mystery Eggs, 2016. Textile, oxidated silver, glass beads, magnets. Felieke van der Leest
Bracelet: Hatze Gopteryx and the Mystery Eggs, 2016
Textile, oxidated silver, glass beads, magnets
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