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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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

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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“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