My name is Anna, also known as Calypso.
Before joining Typedia, I found my creative motivation by embracing change and seeking new surroundings. When the creative juices were flowing, they kept me going, but when they stopped, I felt halted. I discovered that changing my environment and going on walks helped reignite my creativity and prevented spaces from becoming stale.
As an artist, I've explored various genres, but my favourite recent project was my surrealism exhibit for my degree show in May 2022. It combined sculpting, painting, and curation, and it was the most emotionally open and exposed series I had ever created. I strongly believe in having a support system during the creative process. It's essential to be aware of how creative work can impact mental health and ensure that those in your support system are actively involved.
Understanding your own creative process is crucial, as there may be times when you thrive working alone and others when even a simple commission brings you to tears. Open and honest communication with your support system is key. When providing emotional support to writers and other creatives, I employ specific techniques and strategies tailored to each individual. Understanding their unique needs, I create a safe space by surrounding myself with the materials I'll be using and playing music. I approach each piece with an open mind, reassuring myself that the outcome is meant to be as it is.
Managing my own expectations helps foster a safe and nurturing environment. Balancing emotional support with constructive feedback and guidance is vital for helping writers improve their skills. I employ a technique I call the "Bun, Patty, Bun" approach. The buns represent compliments, and the patty represents constructive criticism. I provide feedback in a sandwich-like manner to ensure it is received as feedback, not criticism. I understand that many creatives are sensitive about their work, and my goal is to offer guidance while maintaining a supportive atmosphere.
At Typedia, I am dedicated to nurturing your creative journey. Together, we will create a safe and empowering space where your creativity can flourish, and your writing skills can thrive. Let's embark on this transformative journey together.