Think Sustainable! Is part of “Jewelrassic Park” a series by Felieke van der Leest inspired by the movie Jurassic Park and the mysteries of dinosaurs. Each dinosaur in the series tells its own story. Think Sustainable! is a thoughtful representation of the world’s current environmental issues. The piece features a plastic dinosaur toy, with magnets carefully inlaid into its back, that acts as a stand for a light, wearable necklace of letters carved from legal mammoth ivory, which is now widely available due to the disappearing permafrost caused by global warming.
The work of Dutch jewellery and object artist Felieke van der Leest expresses the very special affection that she has for animals. With unbridled fantasy she creates pieces that ostentatiously, colourfully and playfully revolve around her little friends. She combines techniques used in textile work, such as crochet, with valuable metals and plastic toy animals. Within the international art jewelry scene she has developed her own special language with which she narrates intelligent and witty stories about and with her animal protagonists; her pieces inevitably conjure a smile upon the faces of those who view them. Characteristic for Van der Leest is the joy in her work, which is ever present yet sometimes carried off into childhood.
Edition of 4.
Object with necklace. Textile (polyester, viscose, felt), plastic animal, oxidized silver, mammoth ivory, glass beads, magnets, steel.
Object: 12.5” x 5.5” x 5.5”. Necklace: 6.6” diameter.