Felieke van der LeestBorn: 1968
Place of Birth: Emmen, The Netherlands
Felieke van der Leest is a trained metalsmith, graduating from the jewellery department at the Rietveld Academie (The Netherlands) in 1996. She has lived and worked in Øystese, Norway since 2008.
Living close to a Zoo, her passion for animals probably started in her childhood just like her love for crocheting in textiles. Combining this with precious metals and plastic toy animals, she developed her own idiom in contemporary jewellery and art objects. Her works are best described as portable miniature sculptures; rich in humorous language. Although Felieke's animals are mostly comical at first sight, the story they tell is never childish of frivolous. By combining contrasting materials like plastic and precious metals, Van der Leest gives her animals a different identity and context. Her work expresses the very special affection that she has for animals.
'When I am working with colour, I feel like a painter. When I am working with metal, I feel like a constructor. And when I am working with toys, I feel like a child.'
Public Collections include: CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; Hiko Mizuno Collection, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada; Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, the Netherlands; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Billy the Kids (brooch)2011crocheted textiles, glass beads, yellow and white precious metals, mixed materialsH:11cm W:8cm D:3cm£1,380Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
Crazy Horse (brooch)2010crocheted textiles, glass beads, topaz, yellow and white precious metalsH:15.5cm W:9.5cm D:4.5cm£2,040Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
Gonzalez Brothers (brooch)2011crocheted and knitted textiles, yellow and oxidised white precious metals, mixed materialsH:11cm W:7cm D:2.5cm£1,380Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
The Beaver Family from Pencil Creek (two-piece necklace)2011pencils, crocheted textiles, white precious metal, turquoise and mixed materialsH:16.5cm W:16cm D:0.7cm£2,040Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
Don & Bob Digger (ear clips)2012yellow precious metal and mixed materialsH:3cm W:3cm D:2cm£1,740Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
Run Roadrunners Run! (object with bracelet)2013oxidised white precious metal, glass beads, cubic zirconia, mixed materialsH:8cm W:21.5cm£2,160Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
Squaw Kittens (rings)2011crocheted textiles, white precious metal, glass beads, stainless steelH:12cm W:7.5cm D:0.5cm£520 each
Half Moonwolf (object with brooch)2012crocheted textiles, yellow and white precious metals, glass beads, mixed materialsH:14cm W:19cm D:3.5cm£1,800Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
African Caucasian Indian (brooch/necklace)2014crocheted textiles, yellow and white precious metals, moonstoneH:8cm W:8cm D:4cm£2,040Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
African American Indian (brooch/necklace)2013crocheted textiles, yellow and white precious metalsH:12cm W:7.5cm D:4cm£2,040Photograph: Eddo Hartmann