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ZOO is Life by Felieke van der Leest

Exhibition  /  28 Mar 2014  -  19 Apr 2014
Published: 22.01.2014
Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Billy Bang, 2009. Textile, plastic animal, gold, Swarovski crystal, silver, sapphire. 12 x 8 x 3 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Billy Bang, 2009
Textile, plastic animal, gold, Swarovski crystal, silver, sapphire
12 x 8 x 3 cm
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Contemporary jewelry artist Felieke van der Leest in her artworks uses such techniques as knitting, crocheting, and beading - using special, extremely fine yarns and tailor-made needles and hooks. Connecting the precious metals with textiles and toy animals, the artist creates a witty, attractive and colorful jewelry that brings out a smile and leaves no spectator indifferent.

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Felieke van der Leest
Contemporary jewelry artist Felieke van der Leest in her artworks uses such techniques as knitting, crocheting, and beading - using special, extremely fine yarns and tailor-made needles and hooks. Connecting the precious metals with textiles and toy animals, the artist creates a witty, attractive and colorful jewelry that brings out a smile and leaves no spectator indifferent.

"When I work with colors, I feel like an artist when I am working with metal, I feel like a constructor, and when I am working with toys, I feel like a child, " the artist comments on her creative process.
Plastic fish, seals, bears, giraffes, elephants, gorillas, dogs, birds and other animals live in the author's works of art. Toys are dressed up, cut and assembled, decorated and adorned. Transforming then both visually and conceptually, the artist manages to get them incorporate in her surreal world, discovering a new life for them.

"I think my work rather be called wearable sculptures rather than jewelry, " the artist explains.
Despite the witty approach to the jewelry making, Felieke, with her work also touches upon such social and serious issues as animal rights and environmental protection.

“Often the carriers of my jewelry tell me stories about my artwork that I would not have been able to see in my jewelry, “explain Felieke.
Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Half Moonwolf, 2012. Textile, plastic animal, 18kt gold, Argentium®, silver, glass beads, leather, lead, hardboard.. Brooch: 10.5 x 8 x 3.5 cm; Rainbow base: 11 x 11 x 3.5 cm; Object: 14 x 11 x 11 cm.. Photo by: Felieke van der Leest. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Half Moonwolf, 2012
Textile, plastic animal, 18kt gold, Argentium®, silver, glass beads, leather, lead, hardboard.
Brooch: 10.5 x 8 x 3.5 cm; Rainbow base: 11 x 11 x 3.5 cm; Object: 14 x 11 x 11 cm.
Photo by: Felieke van der Leest
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Felieke van der Leest. Bracelet: Prairie Pioneer, 2012. Glass beads, textile, oxidized silver, 14kt gold, plastic animal, leather. 15 x 10 x 10 cm. Edition of 4. Felieke van der Leest
Bracelet: Prairie Pioneer, 2012
Glass beads, textile, oxidized silver, 14kt gold, plastic animal, leather
15 x 10 x 10 cm
Edition of 4
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Felieke van der Leest. Ring: Skunky Skunk, 2012. oxidized silver, textile (viscose), plastic animal, synth. Ruby, marcasite. 7 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm. Technique: crochet work, metalwork | Edition: 6 | Signed: F and L engraved on backside of tail. Felieke van der Leest
Ring: Skunky Skunk, 2012
oxidized silver, textile (viscose), plastic animal, synth. Ruby, marcasite
7 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
Technique: crochet work, metalwork | Edition: 6 | Signed: F and L engraved on backside of tail
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Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: The End 3, 2012. Glass beads, plastic animal, silver, leather. 12 x 11 x 4 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: The End 3, 2012
Glass beads, plastic animal, silver, leather
12 x 11 x 4 cm
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