We had the good fortune of connecting with Caitlyn Capulong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caitlyn, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Prove Yourself Wrong.” This year has been a big shift in my life. I have changed mentally, physically, and spiritually. The changes I made in my life have made a big impact on me. Bigger than I thought it could. My whole life I have been living in fear of myself, too scared to step out of my comfort zone, even in art. Wondering what would happen if I did this or that. Being too afraid to even get to know myself on a deeper level. But this year I made the change to go for it. I made the change to shift my mentality and look at life positively by not being afraid of making mistakes. Not caring about what people will think of me or most importantly what I think of myself. I let go of all the worries that were holding me back and I feel like now I am living. I am now starting to appreciate change and uncomfortable situations. I am showing myself that I can do this when most of my life I thought I could not. Looking back now, I see that I was the biggest person/thing holding myself back. I did not know how to trust myself and that stopped me from doing so much, all because I was afraid of making a mistake or thinking “I can’t do this.” It is this year that I spoke to someone and they told me I have the power to change, I have the power to make choices, and that my voice does matter. But I didn’t realize that this was true until I took those little actions to change and now that I reflect on the past few months of 2021, so far, I can see a difference in myself. I literally proved myself wrong in so many situations and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In the beginning, I created Canica Designs as a freelance design brand for myself. It then became a small business that I now sell personal artwork and freelance services as well. I create Illustrated prints, stickers, pins, keychains, t-shirts, and paintings. Overall, I am mainly known for my illustrations and skills in Graphic Design and Advertising. What sets me apart from other designers is my love for color, I like the use of bold and vibrant colors and I am not afraid to experiment with new ones. I love that colors have different meanings and can speak to a person in a way that words may not. Colors give a sense of feeling and that feeling can change with just a slight adjustment to that color. Canica was developed in the summer of 2019, recently I have been pushing my limits by experimenting with different mediums and just trying and creating whatever I like. I am very grateful for what Canica is; this journey has been a great learning experience in art and myself. A lesson I have learned is that nothing is perfect and can be perfect, and that is something I needed to realize, that was a big problem that has set me back multiple times. Being able to slowly accept this has allowed me to be more creative and not as afraid of trying something new. It’s just another example of me proving myself wrong and I love that I can recognize this now.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a huge thanks to my mom and dad and my sister, Cydney. They have supported and encouraged me throughout my whole art journey since I was a kid when the 4-year-old me was scribbling on construction paper to establishing my small business Canica Designs to graduating GCU with my B.A. in Graphic Design and Advertising, and now being here with me through the bad and the good. I couldn’t be more blessed for such a solid support system.