We sat down for some chit-chat with Greta Bach, artist extraordinaire and teacher of this week’s killer Tunnel Books class. Read below to take a peek into some of her artistic inspirations!
Hi Greta! Care to tell us a little bit about yourself and how you found your way to Dabble?
I have a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and I am currently pursuing my MFA. I actually started out taking Dabble classes. So, when I started offering bookmaking workshops at the Auxiliary Art Center in Avondale, I naturally thought of Dabble as a way to get the word out about the classes.
When you’re not charming the pants off of Dabble students with your tunnel books, what do you do in your 9-5?
I am a full time MFA student at Columbia College in Book and Paper Arts. I am in my second year– next year I do my thesis. I also work part time for a holistic doctor downtown.
…Is that what you always wanted to be when you grew up? Discuss.
I think I’m still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. I love being an artist, and I love teaching, but I am very interested in the healing aspect of art as well. And I want to become more involved in art from a therapeutic standpoint. I imagine whatever career I end up in will incorporate all three of these things.
If your class were the lovechild of two other things, what would they be?
I think that the Tunnel Book is a cross between a pop-up book and maybe a diorama–but the kind you make in a shoe box in grade school that contains an entire scene that you look at through a hole in the front of the box.
You have 140 characters to sell your tunnel books class. Go!
Break out of the 2-D box of what is traditionally thought of as a book. You can make a story, a scene, or a movement through space and time. What will you create with yours? (ED: That description is more than 140 chars, Greta. But your class is so awesome we forgive you ;))
Are there any other hobbies you’re privately dabbling in?
I’m an artist, so I have my hand in a number of different hobbies. Right now I’m really into silkscreening, printmaking (especially linocut and other “press-less” techniques), knitting, drawing, and painting. I’m also into origami and am making a chess set as a Christmas gift for a friend of mine.