Born in Emmen, the Netherlands in 1968, Felieke van der Leest lives and works in Øystese, Norway since 2008. After completing her initial jewellery training at the Schoonhoven Technical School, she graduated in jewellery design from the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1991.
Felieke van der Leest's works combine textile techniques with traditional jewellery design, combining gold, silver, pearls and plastic to develop a unique conceptual language. The resulting pieces are pop-inspired works, immediately recognizable by their humor and causticity. Under a playful appearance her works hide thought-provoking comments on contemporary societal issues such as the environment, the animal condition and gender.
Her works appear in numerous public and private collections: the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, the KODE Art Museums in Bergen, Norway, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Decorative Arts of Montreal, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design of Oslo, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Racine Art Museum, the Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others.