Artists ~ Eric Hoffman

Artist’s name: Eric Hoffman
Shop name: SpoffordPress
Twitter: @EHoffmanPrints
Instagram: ericvonzip

1. Tell us about your work
My work is primarily in printmaking. I make small relief engravings of things I love, like sea life, animals and even jazz musicians, and then print editions on my printing press. The process is very similar to woodcut and linoleum cut printmaking but with way more fine lines and details in the images! I am also the owner and operator of Spofford Press, a custom letterpress printshop in Warwick RI. We focus on stationery and notecards printed from small engravings and hand drawn images, all printed on our vintage Kelsey press!

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I studied fine arts at Rhode Island College and graduated with my BFA in printmaking and drawing. Over the next 8 years I had balanced working a day job with engraving and printing on weekends and evenings. 2 years ago I found myself in a position where I could take a huge leap and quit my day job to print and design full-time, so I went for it! I opened Spofford Press about 1 1/2 years ago and have been busy since!

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I mainly draw my inspiration from the subjects I engrave and draw. I love 1950s jazz music and old records, so I began making engravings and prints of some of these phenomenal musicians I enjoy. My love of sealife and nature also inspire me to make prints of insects, whales and all types of animals.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love engraving and printing an edition directly from the engraved block. At Spofford Press, we print small blocks onto beautiful thick paper and play with fun colors and designs. I have a blast printing these, but my first love will always be printing my larger engravings in rich black ink on fine papers. Having the printshop is great because I get to balance out printing these fine art engravings with the smaller fun ones!

5. What’s your best seller?
My best seller to date is a tie between 2 engravings, the "Miles Davis" jazz print and "Mother and Calf", which is a print of a mother whale and calf swimming through the ocean. I find my prints of animals and sea-life are more popular then the jazz series, which is to be expected. However, when I meet a jazz fan every so often all bets are off! There are a handful of people who have the whole jazz series and display all 11 of them! It's great meeting people with different interests and connecting over the prints!

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I was born and raised right here in sunny Warwick, RI! I think I'm here to stay!!

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I really love the sense of community and all of the perks that come with living in a small state! It's great going to get a coffee on a Sunday morning and running into 3 people you know at the cafe. I also love the emphasis on Art throughout the state. There are so many wonderful galleries from Providence to Wakefield, and the beauty of it is you can visit these different areas of RI all in an afternoon! From Olneyville warehouse galleries to the beautiful beach in 45 minutes! What's not to love?!!

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
I would like to thank you for asking me to be a part of I{heart}Rhody ! Spofford Press is just now starting to really take off and I love the opportunity to be introduced to all of your readers!!


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