Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Welcome To Happenings

Happenings is the unique creative output of Lilo Hoefnagels in the medium of colored thread and needle. These miniature masterpieces are the work of an exuberant and warm-hearted woman with a life on two continents and memories of loss and struggle in her youth. Like so many others she was a displaced person in WWII, suffered the losses of home and family and endured an epic journey on foot with her mother in winter when she was 20. When they reached their destination with little more than the clothes on their backs and a prized accordion, which had helped sustain them and others physically and spiritually on their journey, and then even this last vestige of her old life was stolen at their destination. Reunions followed and in a few years a new life in America with her husband whom she met and married after the war and raising 6 children helped put the darker memories behind her. Always known for her zest for living and her energy she had all the challenges and fulfillment of a wife and mother while underneath she nurtured a yet-to-be-fulfilled talent in color and design.

                                     S015 Undulation

Now retired in the Netherlands she has found a new evocative artistic expression using nothing more than her two hands and needle and thread. What had been the normal proficiency with these tools that most mothers of her generation possessed has now become the vehicle to her latent compositional design talents. These miniature gems, originally no more than 3x4 inches each and more recently in larger sizes, range in mood and feeling from the simple, gentle and whimsical to the dark and profound. Like all great art in whatever form it comes in, whether visual, poetic, musical or textural each of these miniatures reveals more and more layers and shades of meaning and emotion. What you bring to your experience of them allows you to learn more about yourself and the world. In the end that is how all artists communicate to us through their work.

                               S048 Expressions of Fanciness

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

S095 Reversed

given to Michael for Christmas 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

S94 Shooting Stars

given to Sandra (groene kruis help)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

S090 Harlequin Ice

given to Michelle for Christmas 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

S089 In the Distance

given to Silvia for Christmas 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

S083 Windmills of Obscurity

given to Robby for Christmas 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

S082 Downpour

given to Maud at Groene Kruis

Sunday, April 26, 2015

S080 Incessant

given to Ellen (groene kruis help)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

S077 Serpent Fire

given to Margreth (groene kruis help)