After two lovely weeks in the Caribbean with my Puerto Rican “family” I am back in Lansing, refreshed and ready to work!
Allow me to make up for lost time in the Quest for Excellence:
The only art supplies I brought on my trip were black pens and a handful of sharpies (only select colors which reminded me of Puerto Rico). I wanted to create work that was smaller (even more portable than my usual 8 1/2X11″ sketches), and in which I added color from observation. I ended up buying 4×6″ index cards, with the intention of creating drawings that would eventually be made into post cards. Considering my connection to postcards, I was actually kind of surprised that I had never thought of making them before. This is my first one. I also started a new Postcards page where you can see additional images.
The creation of postcard designs is one thing, sending them is another! Please email your name and address to Abbey@AbbeyHoffman.com if you would like to be placed on my mailing list for when I [eventually] incorporate the sending of postcards into my projects.
Titi Rosa (my “adoptive” aunt) encouraged me to make my own souvenirs using shells and plastic coqui (frogs native to PR). I had fun gluing pieces together, and I decided to make some jewelry and keychains as well. Here is a picture of my first necklace:
Week 6: February 10th
Beach glass necklace
Suede rope, wire, beach glass
They say “When you know, you know.”
And that was the case with my new tattoo. I drew it on for fun, inspired by a wire ring I saw at the Aguadilla mall. But after only a few hours of looking at it on my finger I knew it was the design I wanted. I had that feeling of absolute certainty. So I set up an appointment with a tattoo artist I met last year and got my first official tattoo! I drew it on myself, so that’s how I justify posting it as this week’s creative endeavor in the Quest for Excellence. 🙂
Week 7: February 17th
The tattoo is still healing, and I’ll probably need to get a touch-up since finger tattoos are amongst the most difficult to maintain. But there it is!
Thanks for checking out my new work! Who knows what next week will bring…