Felieke van der Leest

Born: 1968
Place of Birth: Emmen, The Netherlands

Felieke van der Leest is a trained jeweller, 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

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.

  • The Beaver Family from Pencil Creek (two-piece necklace)
    Felieke van der Leest

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

    pencils, crocheted textiles, white precious metal, turquoise and mixed materials
    H:16.5cm W:16cm D:0.7cm
    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann
  • Half Moonwolf (object with brooch)
    Felieke van der Leest

    Half Moonwolf (object with brooch)

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

    Felieke Van Der Leest

    Photograph: Eddo Hartmann