Finding her sparkle in the dust, Caitlin Hofer, aka Isopuppy, our 2015 Hoopie Award winning Female Hooper of the Year, flows her own way in this beautiful video from her recent journey to the desert. Filmed at the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona, Arizona, Caitlin moves effortlessly with her hoops and is mesmerizing in her hoop dance. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and the soundtrack that she used for her video is “Pilgrim” by MØ, which can be purchased for your own collection quite easily on iTunes.
Caitlin Hofer, aka Isopuppy, proves that even when she’s just practicing, she can still spin up something to blow us away. Serving a serious dose of mini hoop tech with a pair of yellow hoops, she really shows us just what can be done with a pair of mini twins. No wonder it’s going viral. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and the soundtrack for this gem is “Let it be” by Blackmill Featuring Veela and you can get a copy for yourself on iTunes.
by Philo Hagen
If you’ve been reading Hooping.org for awhile, then you’re probably already quite familiar with Caitlin Hofer. The dynamic hooper otherwise known as Isopuppy spun her way onto the scene in 2012 and wound up winning our Hoopie Award for Newbie Hooper of the year that year in the process. Talented from the outset, she’s not only continued to expand and grow her flow and skill set, she always seems to be sharing tips, tutorials and more with others. What you might not know is that she’s been spinning up some really amazing hooper artwork lately too and I was so inspired by it, I simply had to find out more about it.
Philo: We know you’ve been spinning up some mad skills ever since you discovered the hoop, but lately I’ve been really enjoying your incredible hoop art. When did you start making art?
Caitlin: Well, I’ve always been interested in art. As a young child I would sit out on the hot cement with every color of sidewalk chalk making ocean sunsets and starry night skys. Then one day my dad bought me Kidpix. It’s, it’s basically a photoshop/video editor for kids, and it quickly became my favorite past time. I loved making interesting computer images of the neighborhood kids and making short animated videos of the drawings I made. I started at the beginning of this year making custom graphic art for members of the hoop community too.
Philo: So I’ve seen. I know you put a lot of time energy into the art of hoop dance and your videos and it’s obvious that you are putting a lot of time and energy into your art too. What made you decide to bring the two together and how do they relate to one another?
Caitlin: When I discovered hooping it was really life changing for me! I really started to rekindle my love of video editing and telling silent stories through pictures. However, it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I realized I could fuse hula hoop photography into unique custom photo edits. It was a WOW moment for me, like all my abilities were coming full circle and working together. As for how they relate to one another, the geometry of the hoop is present almost everywhere in the universe so it only seemed right that a circles dancer be depicted with sacred geometry, crystals, natural scenery and colorful galaxies. Centrifugal force is all around us and it is something we should never forget.
Philo: Indeed! How long does it take you to make one of your pieces and what inspires you along the way that sets one apart from the next?
Caitlin: Each one takes between one and three hours. All my inspiration comes from the individual hooper I am trying to portray. The amazing thing about hoop dance is that it allows the soul to sing for you. You are, in a way, able to see the concentrated version of every individual characteristic that makes that person shine. In this way each piece is really designed by the hooper themselves. My job is to simply put things in the right place on the picture!
Philo: Awesome. Is your artwork available to the public?
Caitlin: Yes it is!! If anyone is interested in receiving their own unique work of art just head on over to my art website and a donation of $10+ is appreciated, as each design is 100% unique and made with HOOP LOVE.
Philo: Anything else you want to add?
Caitlin: hmmmm…My website also offers real butterfly wing jewelry and puffpainted hats made by my poi spinning boyfriend.
Philo: Awesome! Caitlin, thanks for the chat and for sharing your art and your hoop love with the world. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA.
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Earth orbits the sun elliptically while spinning on its own axis that is tilted relative to its plane of orbit, exposing different hemispheres to the heat of the sun in varying degrees which leads to the changing of the seasons. The passing of each season brings about remarkable changes in the environment surrounding us, leaving Caitlin Hofer aka isopuppy, last year’s Newbie Hooper of the Year award winner, hooping like it’s nobody’s business in her ode to autumn/goodbye to summer video. We’re not sure about the “Ducksauce,” but there are a lot of ducks in this too. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and the soundtrack for this gem is “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey and it’s available for you to download on iTunes.
Oxford dictionary defines the word geek as “a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast”, a term which pretty much sums up the video star you are about to see. In honour of YouTube’s “Geek Week,” Caitlin Hofer aka isopuppy geeks out with her hoop in absolutely fine fashion in the most appropriate location known to Geek-kind, the public library, complete with approved apparel and regulation backpack. She explained, “I decided to infiltrate my local public library for a little study session on flow science.” Looking at the sweet tricks she busts out in this, I think we can safely say she’s well on her way to a degree in Hoop Geekology. Caitlin lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and her utterly fitting soundtrack is “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo, which you can get for yourself on iTunes.
Sunshine, sandy beaches, waves and hoops are pretty much the key ingredients to any decent summer, as they go together like chocolate and taste buds! 2013’s Newbie Hooper of The Year, Caitlin Hofer aka isopuppy, hits the sand and surf to dazzle us with some sublime hoop skills and some spectacular waves in this slickly cool self-edited video shot at Jade Cove along the Big Sur, California, coastline. Not only is she a badass hooper, her editing skills are ninja too. Caitlin lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and her soundtrack for this is “Come and Get it” by Selena Gomez, which you can get on iTunes.
When it comes to learning hooping it’s almost like some take the commuter trains while some take the express. I’m pretty sure Caitlin Hofer (also known as isopuppy), our 2013 Newbie Hooper of the Year award winner, has turbo charged her train as her one year progress video is pretty darn amazing. In this retrospective Caitlin shares with us some highlights of her first year in the hoop and we all wish her, “Happy Hoopiversary, Caitlin!” She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and her soundtrack is the timeless “What I Got” by Sublime, which you can get on iTunes. WARNING: This song does contain profanity.