Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Ready, Set…

 

A thaumatrope spinning toy printed as part of my upcoming thesis exhibition

A thaumatrope spinning toy printed as part of my upcoming thesis exhibition

Well, folks, I’m back in Chicago for my final semester here at Columbia. I’m exactly halfway through my thesis year, which means (gasp) it’s time to start actually making all of the stuff I’ve been talking, theorizing, planning, pitching, arguing, and of course, stressing about for the last few months.

Ready, Set…

  Well, folks, I’m back in Chicago for my final semester here at Columbia. I’m exactly halfway through my thesis year, which means (gasp) it’s time to start actually making all of …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Home Is Where the Art Is

My grandfather selling cigars as a young man - just one of the great family photos I've dug up over the holiday break.

My grandfather selling cigars as a young man—just one of the great family photos I dug up over the holiday break.

I’m at one of those strange points in life where “I’m flying home tomorrow” can mean two completely different places. I guess I’m thinking about it because, well—I’m flying home tomorrow: Back to Chicago and back to Columbia!

Home Is Where the Art Is

I’m at one of those strange points in life where “I’m flying home tomorrow” can mean two completely different places. I guess I’m thinking about it because, well—I’m flying home …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

It’s Aaaaall Comin’ Together

A fur collar, one of the artifacts I'll be exhibiting in my thesis show

A fur collar, one of the artifacts I’ll be exhibiting in my thesis show

I do a lot of planning (some might say obsessing) over every project I do. Now that I’m in my thesis year and have a whole school year to work on a single exhibition, that planning process is taking even longer than usual. It drives me a little nuts having nothing but pages of notes to show for weeks of work, so when I finish constructing physical objects, it’s always exciting!

It’s Aaaaall Comin’ Together

I do a lot of planning (some might say obsessing) over every project I do. Now that I’m in my thesis year and have a whole school year to work …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Jack of All Trades: Working for Columbia

Cubicle, sweet cubicle... the inside of the Learning Studio!

Cubicle, sweet cubicle… the inside of the Learning Studio!

Being a student is a full-time commitment, so it can be tough to support yourself financially while taking full advantage of your time in school. Luckily, you can blur the lines a little by working for Columbia! I’ve had more Columbia jobs than anyone I know – and this rundown represents just a fraction of what’s out there!

Jack of All Trades: Working for Columbia

Being a student is a full-time commitment, so it can be tough to support yourself financially while taking full advantage of your time in school. Luckily, you can blur the lines …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Worn Out After Worn Articles

The Worn Articles opening - in the balcony of the People's Church!

The Worn Articles opening – in the balcony of the People’s Church!

Over this past weekend, I had the opportunity to completely set outside of my artistic comfort zone to participate in Worn Articles, an art exhibition chock-full of Columbia students, alums, and professors!

Worn Out After Worn Articles

Over this past weekend, I had the opportunity to completely set outside of my artistic comfort zone to participate in Worn Articles, an art exhibition chock-full of Columbia students, alums, …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Summer? What summer?

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All right, I shouldn’t complain. My newfound closeness to Canada gave me an excuse to visit Montreal this summer, and I even got to fly home to Georgia for a little family beach time! But as I pulled my first super-late-night sleepless workathon of the semester – one day before classes even started – all I could think of was “where did my summer go?!”

Summer? What summer?

  All right, I shouldn’t complain. My newfound closeness to Canada gave me an excuse to visit Montreal this summer, and I even got to fly home to Georgia for …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Mentorship? What’s that?

I sew the headbands onto a book that I'm learning to bind medieval style.

I sew the headbands onto a book that I’m learning to bind medieval style.

This semester, I’m taking advantage of one of Columbia’s more interesting (but perhaps lesser used) opportunities: I’m mentoring under a working professional in my field!

Mentorship? What’s that?

This semester, I’m taking advantage of one of Columbia’s more interesting (but perhaps lesser used) opportunities: I’m mentoring under a working professional in my field!

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Taking in the Sights (and using ’em later)

My view entering the Ambassador Bridge to Canada!

My view entering the Ambassador Bridge to Canada!

Hello, dear readers – I am writing to you today from beautiful Montreal, after a much-less-beautiful 16 hour drive! I’m from down south originally, so when I moved to Chicago, Canada seemed enticingly close—and this summer, my faithful sidekick (ok, roommate) and I have made the trip. So why do I keep taking pictures of streetlights and trash cans? You’ll have to read more to find out!

Taking in the Sights (and using ’em later)

Hello, dear readers – I am writing to you today from beautiful Montreal, after a much-less-beautiful 16 hour drive! I’m from down south originally, so when I moved to Chicago, Canada …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Self-Editing

Partially finished fabric illustration from my first ever dress collaboration.

Partially finished fabric illustration from my first ever dress collaboration.

The picture above shows a fabric design that I illustrated for an alum of Columbia’s fashion design department, Amy Marie Fenderson. That’s how it looked in February, at least; halfway-drawn on stark white paper, taking up my entire drafting table. In format and in function, the design was completely different when I finally saw it walk down the runway on an actual dress this past Saturday.

Self-Editing

The picture above shows a fabric design that I illustrated for an alum of Columbia’s fashion design department, Amy Marie Fenderson. That’s how it looked in February, at least; halfway-drawn …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Road So Far

All four books of my year-and-a-half long project, Maneater.

All four books of my year-and-a-half long project, Maneater.

Maneater started as a panicked 2 AM conversation with my roommate. I had only a week to scrape something together for the printmaking portion of Thinking Through Making (the Book and Paper program’s crash course on Columbia’s facilities and expectations), and I had extreme artists’ block.

“I don’t know,” she finally said, exasperated. “Make a book about a guy turning into a tiger.” So I did.

The Road So Far

Maneater started as a panicked 2 AM conversation with my roommate. I had only a week to scrape something together for the printmaking portion of Thinking Through Making (the Book and …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605