What I love is color, texture, , movement and curves. My style is bright, bold and contemporary. My ideas come from everywhere. It could be something I see or hear or dream. God has given me my talent to reach out and touch people. Since art is a very personal experience for everyone, what I want to accomplish with my creations is to evoke some kind of emotion or feelings from the person who is looking at it. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s good, bad or indifferent. As long as they really look at it and feel something, anything. Then I know that I have made a connection with that person and that makes me very happy.
I was born in the Bronx, NY and moved to Little Neck in Queens, NY when I was 2 ½. I now live in Plano, TX for the past 25yrs with my husband of 34yrs, 3 children, 3 dogs and 2 cats. I was always fascinated with color, textures and curves. My mom is an incredible knitter and does crochet and all needle arts. My father was an incredible drawer and could sculpt from any material even silver foil. I remember him making rifles and other objects out of the foil from yo-yo’s snack cakes and other food item foils. He used to whittle soap and wood. We loved to see what he would make us from the left over foil. We were always amazed and surprised.
My mom taught me to crochet, knit and all the needle arts when I was about 8yrs old. She was very tough on me to do it correctly and extremely neat. The backs of my needle arts were just as beautiful as the fronts or she would make me rip it out and do it over. My knitting could have no mistakes, otherwise I had to rip that out too and start over.
In school I was always drawing. My 6th grade teacher wanted me to get into the special art program in Junior high but for some reason I didn’t make art I made the science group instead. I excelled in the sciences and grew to love them. My mom signed me up for art lessons at the community ‘Y” and at the end of that session we had a show. The teacher told my parents that they should find me a good art school because I had talent. From age 13 – 18 I was at a very good art school.
When I graduated high school I realized that I wanted to be a registered nurse. I graduated Queensboro Community College Nursing School and followed my dream. I practiced nursing for 5yrs and stopped when I was pregnant with my first child.
During the time I was raising my children I realized that I had put my creative side to rest and missed it. I started to take art lessons again, started to do my needle arts and in 1995 I found a love for quitting. I have dabbled in bobbin lace, spun wool on a spinning wheel; have dyed my own fabric and yarns, tried my hand at weaving, I paint and numerous other creative outlets.
Six years ago a friend brought me to the Dallas Craft Guild for my first jewelry class. I fell in love with creating jewelry. I have learned the lost wax technique for casting from Jean White and Fred Miller .I have learned Fabrication from Steve Cobin, Michelle Freeman, Janet Alexander and Fred Miller. I took chain maille from Penny O’Boyle. Elizabeth Knodle has been teaching me beading. I took an enameling workshop from Merry-Lee Rae and the hydraulic press from Cynthia Eid and a fabrication workshop from Harold O’Connor. I had a design class from Alan Revere. I'm learning stone setting now from master jeweler, Martin Kern.
If you would like to see more of my work check out my website at www.lesleefeiwusjewelry.com. I'm also in Spanish Steps gallery in Taos, New Mexico and you can check that website out by going to www.spanishstepsgallery.com. Feel free to buy from any of these 3 websites.