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.


Greta Bach is a native Chicagoan, and is happily living and breathing her passion of Artmaking every day. You can sign up for Greta’s class, here, and find more of her work at her website, here.