Felieke van der Leest


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    Felieke van der Leest
    Sharky Boy

    Brooch. Textile, plastic animal, 14K gold, galvanized glass beads, topaz

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    Felieke van der Leest
    Peek-a-Puma

    Earrings. Crocheted textile, plastic animals, 14K gold

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    Felieke van der Leest
    Soccer Baby

    Ring. Textile, plastic animal, 14K gold, silver, glass beads, leather, cubic zirconia

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    Felieke van der Leest
    Spinster Sisters

    Necklace. Crocheted textile, plastic animals, 14K white gold, glass beads, cubic zirconia, magnets

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    Felieke van der Leest
    The End

    Object/brooch. Embroidered textile, plastic animal, silver, glass beads, leather

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    Felieke van der Leest
    Underwater Bracelet

    Bracelet. Crocheted and needleworked textile, metal

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    Felieke van der Leest
    Pregnant Panda Bearmaid

    Crocheted and knitted textile, plastic animals, gold, 14kt gold filled silver beads

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  • 2016 Rex Ring - 2.jpeg

    The Tyrannosaurus Rex is always depicted as a verocious meat eater. Rex is also the name of a famous German Shepherd police dog in the TV series “Inspector Rex”. When dogs are sick they sometimes need to wear these kind of plastic collars so they cannot harm themselves. The head is hinged to the ring an can move back and forth like when dogs are fighting over a bone.

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  • 2016 Brachiosaurus Tree with UFO Nest and Alien Eggs 1.jpeg

    In the past people never knew that the earth was inhabited for millions of years by dinosaurs. Because we have found bones we know they must have exsisted. And every day we learn more and more, but will we ever know everything? And what about aliens? They might have visited earth when the dinosaurs were around. Although we have not found their bones...yet. Maybe bones of aliens have been found but we think they are from dinosaurs. Are dinosaurs from the past aliens from the future?

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  • 2016 Duo Dupli Diplo - object.jpeg
  • 2016 Duo Dupli Diplo - earrings.jpeg

    These two (Duo) Diplodocus (Diplo) dinosaurs are identical (Duplicated) Their heads are in a comic speech balloon in the shape of a heart. Are they in love and say nice things to each other ? They stand on a sort of arena (inspired by a kind of dart board) where they are boxing .... they are hugging each other. The boxing gloves are also heart shaped. Is this love ? Is this anger ? Is this love­anger?

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  • 2016 Cupidopteryx.jpeg

    Cupido + Caudipteryx. Cupid is an ancient Roman god of love often presented as a winged, naked, infant boy with bow and arrows. He shoots his arrow at people’s heart so they will fall in love. Cupidopteryx however shot the arrow through his own head.

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  • 2016 Attendronosaurus - object.jpeg

    Attenborosaurus + Drone. The attenborosaurus is officially not a dinosaur but a member of the swimming reptile family: the plesiosaur. The attenborosaurus is named after the famous british documentary maker Sir David Attenborough. I made a combination between this animal, which swims in the water and a drone, that flies in the air. The drone propellors have the shape of screw propellor of a ship. The blue bullet shaped gem stones are of topaz.

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  • 2016 Hatze Gopteryx and the Mystery Eggs - object.jpeg

    The hatzegopteryx is officially not a dinosaur but a member of the flying reptile family: the pterosaur. It is chained to a train of winged carts on which his/her eggs are lying. The eggs are half pink and half blue; is it a boy ? Is it a girl ? This hatzegopteryx has also different colored eyes: one is pink and the other is blue.

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  • 2016 Lunatitia Velociraptorina.jpeg

    Lunatic + Velociraptor + Ballerina. The velociraptor is wearing a combination of a ballet tutu and a straight jacket. As a ballerina (Velociraptorina) she is restrained in her movements to dance. Is her laugh real ? Maybe she is a happy lunatic (Lunatitia) thinking she a dancing ice cream.

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  • 2016 Pachyceballosaurus - object.jpeg

    Pachycephalosaurus + Ball. The pachycephalosaurus is a dinosaur famous for having a large, bony dome atop its skull, like a helmet. It could be that is was used by the males to fight eachother. When I bought this toy I stuck my finger between its legs so it was a ring. I wanted to change its underground and replaced it by a ball. The ball is crocheted with 24kt goldplated seadbeads. When wearing it as a ring the ball feels very pleasant in the hand.

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  • 2016 Therizini Blub Blub - object.jpeg

    The therizinosaurus is relateted to the tyrannosaur family but the only one eating plants. It is standing on a carpet of water, that is embroidered with blue beads in circular water ripples. In this work I also played with the speech balloon used in comics. I combined that with a halo (religious saints have that around their heads) and the helmet an astronaut is wearing so it is able to breathe in space. Is Therizini Blub Blub preaching in air bubbles or are the small bubbles coming from the mouth his last breath before drowning?

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  • 2017 Jewelrassic-An Inside Story 2.jpeg

    People who know about the history of contemporary jewellery will recognize the two necklaces the dinosaurs are wearing, therefor “An Inside Story”. The dilophosauris on the left side is wearing the necklace “Dew Drop” made by Gijs Bakker in 1982. The oviraptor on the right is wearing a collar by Emmy van Leersum in 1968. This necklace can be seen as a tribute to these two Dutch pioneers of contemporary jewellery. Both are made in the original materials, the miniatur aluminium collar by rapid prototyping.

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    Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest where woman are judged by their outside beauty. On the contrary: In some countries woman wear special dresses called “burqa” which doesn’t show the female body at all. I played with these contrasts in this work. The giganotosaurus has a mounth full of sharp and dangerous teeth but they are hidden by a beaded veil. I painted the dinosaur silver to give it a more spacy look. (the color of the stars in the universe) She also wears an engagement ring with an excessively large “daimant”, which is a caricature on the rings films stars show the public when they are getting married.

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  • 2017 Tricereyedtops 1.jpeg

    One of the best know dinosaurs is the Triceratops, known for his large bony frill and his three horns. The frill was first thought to be defensive weapons against predators, but sientist now think they were used for identification, courtship and to display dominance. Togerther with most dinosaurs it died out 66 million years ago, probably because a large meteor hit the earth. My Tricereyedtops also has three eyes, the third one prominently placed on the middle of his frill. With a “Third Eye” it is said men can see the future. The pendant the dinosaur is wearing contains a little piece of an iron meteorite found in Argentina called “Campo Del Cielo”.

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  • 2017 Spermheart Rocker.jpeg

    I love hard rock and heavy metal music, when I was younger I played bass guitar in a gothic metal band. One of the pieces I made when I graduated from the art academy in 1996 was the pin “Spermheart”. In this work the ornithocheirus (a kind of pterosaur) is playing a metal spermheart guitar.

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  • 2017 Yoga Extremist.jpeg

    Religious extremists rule the news with their terrorist attacks, but there are also other types of extremism. This Daspletosaurus is practicing extreme yoga: with his tiny arms lifting up his big head.

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Felieke van der Leest
Sharky Boy

Brooch. Textile, plastic animal, 14K gold, galvanized glass beads, topaz


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Felieke van der Leest
Peek-a-Puma

Earrings. Crocheted textile, plastic animals, 14K gold


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Felieke van der Leest
Soccer Baby

Ring. Textile, plastic animal, 14K gold, silver, glass beads, leather, cubic zirconia


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Felieke van der Leest
Spinster Sisters

Necklace. Crocheted textile, plastic animals, 14K white gold, glass beads, cubic zirconia, magnets


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Felieke van der Leest
The End

Object/brooch. Embroidered textile, plastic animal, silver, glass beads, leather


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Felieke van der Leest
Underwater Bracelet

Bracelet. Crocheted and needleworked textile, metal


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Felieke van der Leest
Pregnant Panda Bearmaid

Crocheted and knitted textile, plastic animals, gold, 14kt gold filled silver beads


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  • VanDerLeest_SharkyBoy_2009.jpg
  • VanDerLeestF_PeekAPuma_2014.jpg
  • VanDerLeestF_SoccerBaby_2008.jpg
  • VanDerLeestF_SpinsterSisters_2012.jpg
  • VanDerLeestF_TheEnd1_2011.jpg
  • VanDerLeestF_UnderwaterBracelet_2001.jpg
  • VanderLeestFelieke_Bracelet_PregnantPandaBearmaid_w.jpg
  • 2016 Rex Ring - 2.jpeg
  • 2016 Rex Ring - 1.jpeg
  • 2016 Brachiosaurus Tree with UFO Nest and Alien Eggs 1.jpeg
  • 2016 Brachiosaurus Tree with UFO Nest and Alien Eggs 2.jpeg
  • 2016 Brachiosaurus Tree with UFO Nest and Alien Eggs - brooch.jpeg
  • 2016 Duo Dupli Diplo - object.jpeg
  • 2016 Duo Dupli Diplo - earrings.jpeg
  • 2016 Cupidopteryx.jpeg
  • 2016 Attendronosaurus - object.jpeg
  • 2016 Attendronosaurus - brooch.jpeg
  • 2016 Hatze Gopteryx and the Mystery Eggs - object.jpeg
  • 2016 Hatze Gopteryx and the Mystery Eggs - bracelet.jpeg
  • 2016 Lunatitia Velociraptorina.jpeg
  • 2016 Pachyceballosaurus - object.jpeg
  • 2016 Pachyceballosaurus - ring.jpeg
  • 2016 Therizini Blub Blub - object.jpeg
  • 2016 Therizini Blub Blub - necklace.jpeg
  • 2017 Jewelrassic-An Inside Story 2.jpeg
  • 2017 Miss Universe 1.jpeg
  • 2017 Miss Universe 2.jpeg
  • 2017 Tricereyedtops 1.jpeg
  • 2017 Spermheart Rocker.jpeg
  • 2017 Yoga Extremist.jpeg

Felieke van der Leest
Sharky Boy

Brooch. Textile, plastic animal, 14K gold, galvanized glass beads, topaz


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Felieke van der Leest
Peek-a-Puma

Earrings. Crocheted textile, plastic animals, 14K gold


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Felieke van der Leest
Soccer Baby

Ring. Textile, plastic animal, 14K gold, silver, glass beads, leather, cubic zirconia


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Felieke van der Leest
Spinster Sisters

Necklace. Crocheted textile, plastic animals, 14K white gold, glass beads, cubic zirconia, magnets


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Felieke van der Leest
The End

Object/brooch. Embroidered textile, plastic animal, silver, glass beads, leather


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Felieke van der Leest
Underwater Bracelet

Bracelet. Crocheted and needleworked textile, metal


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Felieke van der Leest
Pregnant Panda Bearmaid

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“Animals have a special place in Felieke van der Leest’s heart. She provides many animals with a busy social life as ornaments, gives a select group a nice home in museums and she placed a few oversized specimens in the center of everyone’s attention in meeting rooms and stairwells. Jewellery, object or light fixture, the scale or function is not the aspect that inspires Van der Leest: the telling of unusual stories is always her main motivation.

“Van der Leest has enriched jewellery design with the introduction of textile techniques. Combining this with gold, silver and plastic, in ten years time she developed her own idiom. She drew from her childhood in Emmen where she would visit the local zoo and also from her metalsmith education in Schoonhoven. Her unbridled imagination later came to full bloom at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. For someone who normally works with hand sized pieces it is remarkable to develop monumental installations. Nevertheless, Van der Leest has already produced some ‘jewels’ for public spaces, cooperating with her cousin in Neef Nicht Design.

“A continuous flow of her work now finds its way to numerous exhibitions. In addition, it is happily collected by individuals and museums through the galleries that represent her in Amsterdam, New York and Tokyo. A great milestone was the 2006 exhibition Jewellery Fables: the museum in Middlesbrough (mima) exhibited an overview of all her work and also published an accompanying catalog.

“Apart from the obvious fun her work sometimes showes an unexpected serious side. Contemporary issues such as the environment, dealing with animals and all kinds of social problems are touched upon. In this way Van der Leest, like Jean de La Fontaine in his famous fables, shows us the other side of the coin. But her most important quality continues to be her unstoppable enthusiasm for making new pieces and the joy they give us, the spectators.”

- Ward Schrijver

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

  • CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
  • DSM Art Collection, Heerlen, the Netherlands
  • Hiko Mizuno Collection, Tokyo, Japan
  • International Museum of The Applied Arts Today, Torino, Italy
  • Kikker Museum, The Hague, the Netherlands
  • KODE Art Museums Bergen, Norway
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, U.K.
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  • Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, the Netherlands
  • The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
  • National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Trondheim, Norway
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, U.K.
  • Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
  • Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.
  • TextielMuseum, Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.
  • Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, the Netherlands
  • Numerous private collections throughout the United States and internationally