Marginalia, Graduate Blog

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

The last page of a book…

Photo and artwork by Dustin Seelinger Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA

Photo and artwork by
Dustin Seelinger
Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA

I did it!! I graduated with my Masters in Fine Arts! It’s been a hard fought three years, but it’s over and I am so proud of myself and my cohort.

The last page of a book…

I did it!! I graduated with my Masters in Fine Arts! It’s been a hard fought three years, but it’s over and I am so proud of myself and my …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Success and Sacrifice

Takeaway crayons for thesis install

Takeaway crayons for thesis install

Thesis install starts next week!! This is it, the home stretch. It all seems like my time here at Columbia College Chicago has just flown by. I can’t believe how much my practice has changed over the last three years. As I’m finishing up projects to install in the space, I’m suddenly aware of all of those changes.

Success and Sacrifice

Thesis install starts next week!! This is it, the home stretch. It all seems like my time here at Columbia College Chicago has just flown by. I can’t believe how …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Hey Ho, Let’s Go!

Image owned by Dustin Seelinger Interdiciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA Graduate Ambassador

Image owned by
Dustin Seelinger
Interdiciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA
Graduate Ambassador

I’m furiously trying to get my thesis project wrapped up and I have BIG news. My main project is focused on storytelling. I’m collecting stories from punk parents about parenthood. I have been reaching out to some of my heroes and well, it’s paying off. One of the Ramones is participating. The RAMONES.

Hey Ho, Let’s Go!

I’m furiously trying to get my thesis project wrapped up and I have BIG news. My main project is focused on storytelling. I’m collecting stories from punk parents about parenthood. …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Update from thesis land…

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Thesis! It’s barreling ever closer! I just ordered my conversation stickers, which feels great to have those done. The pages for my Chicago punk scene coloring book are done, I just need to format them into a book and have them printed and order my branded crayon boxes. Those are goals for this week. Aside from that, I have been toiling away at this video project to be my big thesis capstone.

Update from thesis land…

Thesis! It’s barreling ever closer! I just ordered my conversation stickers, which feels great to have those done. The pages for my Chicago punk scene coloring book are done, I …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

T[hesis]-Minus 2.5 Months…

My experience with thesis has been pretty rough so far. The schedule has been hectic, I’m tired, I have tons left to do, and it seems like the install for the thesis show is right around the corner. In fact it is—our installation starts in two and a half months. Add to that trying to juggle a family who has had a pretty rough last few months, and you get the picture. That is my struggle.

T[hesis]-Minus 2.5 Months…

My experience with thesis has been pretty rough so far. The schedule has been hectic, I’m tired, I have tons left to do, and it seems like the install for …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Return to Roots…

Last night I made the long drive out to Dekalb to visit my undergraduate campus, Northern Illinois University. I went there to see a lecture by Claire Sherman, a painter whose abstracted landscapes have been favorites of mine. The lecture was great and was very insightful to Sherman’s process. It was one of those lectures where the artist does a great job of showing where they were and where they are now and where they are heading. It kind of seemed like a analogy for something…

Return to Roots…

Last night I made the long drive out to Dekalb to visit my undergraduate campus, Northern Illinois University. I went there to see a lecture by Claire Sherman, a painter …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605