A showcase from the celebrated Dutch jeweller Felieke van der Leest. This exhibition celebrates the fantastical world of fairy tales and the Wild West.

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.'

  • Felieke van der Leest

    The End II

    2012
    embroidered textiles, glass beads, oxidised white precious metal, mixed materials
    H:12cm W:11cm D:4cm
    £1,500
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Crazy Horse (brooch)

    2010
    crocheted textiles, glass beads, topaz, yellow and white precious metals
    H:15.5cm W:9.5cm D:4.5cm
    £2,040
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Billy the Kids (brooch)

    2011
    crocheted textiles, glass beads, yellow and white precious metals, mixed materials
    H:11cm W:8cm D:3cm
    £1,380
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Gonzalez Brothers (brooch)

    2011
    crocheted and knitted textiles, yellow and oxidised white precious metals, mixed materials
    H:11cm W:7cm D:2.5cm
    £1,380
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    The Beaver Family from Pencil Creek (two-piece necklace)

    2011
    pencils, crocheted textiles, white precious metal, turquoise and mixed materials
    H:16.5cm W:16cm D:0.7cm
    £2,040
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Don & Bob Digger (ear clips)

    2012
    yellow precious metal and mixed materials
    H:3cm W:3cm D:2cm
    £1,740
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Run Roadrunners Run! (object with bracelet)

    2013
    oxidised white precious metal, glass beads, cubic zirconia, mixed materials
    H:8cm W:21.5cm
    £2,160
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Squaw Kittens (rings)

    2011
    crocheted textiles, white precious metal, glass beads, stainless steel
    H:12cm W:7.5cm D:0.5cm
    £520 each
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Half Moonwolf (object with brooch)

    2012
    crocheted textiles, yellow and white precious metals, glass beads, mixed materials
    H:14cm W:19cm D:3.5cm
    £1,800
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    African Caucasian Indian (brooch/necklace)

    2014
    crocheted textiles, yellow and white precious metals, moonstone
    H:8cm W:8cm D:4cm
    £2,040
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    African American Indian (brooch/necklace)

    2013
    crocheted textiles, yellow and white precious metals
    H:12cm W:7.5cm D:4cm
    £2,040
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Felieke van der Leest

    Felieke Van Der Leest

    2014
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
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