David Owen Hastings: quilter, designer, artist
Hello! My name is David Owen Hastings. I’m a quilt designer and instructor, graphic designer, artist, and creative coach. I live in the lush (and often wet) Pacific Northwest, just north of Seattle, Washington.
quilting, textiles, workshops and lectures
I’ve been knitting and sewing since I was a kid. There’s something magical in taking a length of yarn or a piece of fabric, and turning it into something useful and beautiful with your own hands. It’s enchanting. I’m one of the believers that crafts like knitting and quilting can be both an artistic expression, as well as good for the soul. In recent years, I have enjoyed creating some of my own textiles through dyeing and painting. I love incorporating these fabrics into quilts and wall pieces with a modern twist. I also offer workshops and lectures on quilting projects and design techniques, fabric printing, artist branding, and advancing your own creativity. Take a look at my quilts, lectures and workshops.
graphic design for good causes
I have a passion for doing good. That’s why I focus my graphic design business on helping nonprofit organizations with their branding, websites and print collateral. I’ve been working independently since 2001, and around 2005, I decided to dedicate myself exclusively to nonprofits, and the great work they are doing in our region. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made: I get to be creative while helping nonprofits reach the people they serve in distinctive and dynamic ways. And, I feel good about helping people get the services they need. It is very rewarding work, and my clients appreciate my creativity, professionalism, and reasonable rates. By the way, I donate 10-percent of my time on each and every project as an in-kind gift... it is my way of giving back to all the great organizations I serve. Here are a few examples of my design work for nonprofits.
I made a short (1.5 minute) video to talk about my work with nonprofits: check it out!
organic prints and collages
Since 1999, I have been a professional print and collage artist. In my artwork I explore patterns, shapes, colors and textures I find in nature. I love working abstractly, and that is why I call my pieces “organic abstractions.” Plants and leaves, microorganisms, and weathered surfaces are all inspiring to me. My paper-based artwork often incorporates monotype printing, sometimes mixed with my photography, and is stitched with a sewing machine. My finished artwork has rich layers and patterns with a very tactile quality that is reminiscent of encaustic painting. Visit a small portfolio of my contemporary art pieces.
creative coaching and branding
I offer one-on-one coaching, branding, and design consultation for creative people of all types. Do you need a cheerleader to help you achieve your goals? Want to step up your brand and make a bigger impact? Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.