Selected artists are moving into Redbubble’s Melbourne and San Francisco offices for 6 to 9 months to work on specialized creative projects. And have tons of fun, of course!
Kirsten Winkelbauer has officially joined as our newest San Francisco Resident and we could not be more thrilled!
Originally from San Francisco, Kirsten now lives in San Bruno and works full-time as a freelance illustrator and designer. The owner of Winklebeebee Illustrations, she’s also branched out into crafts, DIY projects, and handmade goods.
After hearing about the Redbubble Residency and seeing what an amazing opportunity it could be for her career, she applied. Although she didn’t go through the first time, she applied the next round and, in her own words, “am completely beyond stoked” to have gotten the position. For her residency project, she’ll be focusing on a YouTube channel, with videos to help freelancers navigate the ins and outs of finding their footing in the art world.
1. Describe your work in 7 words or less.
Quirky, colorful, silly, smile-inducing
2. Tell us about the project you will be working on while in the RB residency program?
I’ll be developing a YouTube channel and accompanying blog that focuses on all the different aspects of being a freelance artist or entrepreneur. In addition to drawing and art-related videos, I’ll be doing weekly vlogs discussing topics such as mental and physical health, how to cope with unsupportive friends and family, and imposter syndrome.
I’m looking forward to talking about my experiences as well as talking to other artists and creators, so we can have open conversations about a lot of the things that can impact people in creative industries – and hopefully help people connect and grow.
3. Name a fear of yours.
Spending too much time being fearful instead of trying all the new things I want to do someday.
4. What is something most people don’t know about you?
Once when I was in middle school, I watched The Mummy and The Mummy Returns (on VHS) back to back, almost nonstop for like a week. I don’t know why. I think I just wanted to see how many times I could do it (I still love both movies).
5. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger artist self?
You’re not running out of time, even though it feels like you are – you’re just growing and evolving at your own pace, and that’s totally okay!
Check out more of Kirsten’s art by visiting her Redbubble shop!