John R. Hastings ~ Washington

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John R. Hastings: "Many of my books are based upon words, playing with words, or plays on words, and utilize my own writing as the primary content. This is because I am approaching artist books as a writer first and as an artist second. I have been very fortunate in life and have arrived at sixty years of age with very little angst. This often lets me view the world from the lighter side and hopefully lets me share a laugh or a smile with readers."

   

Artists' books by Hastings

 
   

Bite the Bullet
By John R. Hastings
Everett, Washington: John Hastings, 2013. Edition of 3.

1.5 x 1"; 8 pages including pastedowns. Miniature. Accordion fold. In black wraps. Slipped in open white sleeve. Housed in a Bit the Bullet metal flip-top box (1.5 x 1.5 x .9"). Signed, dated, and numbered by the artist.

A rhyme by John Hastings about a mother or grandmother waiting in line at the water slide with a child. The conversation is one sided as the parent figure coaxes, berates, gives up, gives in to the anxious child.

It's time to bite the bullet.
It's time to toe the line.
It's time to sit your bottom down,
And I don't want to hear you whine....

$20


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Chameleon
By John R. Hastings
Everett, Washington: John R. Hastings, 2013. Second edition of 8.

2 x 2"; 9 pages. Miniature. Double-sided accordion. Printed on Epson double-sided Premium Presentation matte paper using an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer with pigment-based inks. Comic Sans MS font. Red paper wraps with slit and slot closure. Signed, dated, numbered on the colophon by the artist.

John Hastings: "This is one of the favorite short poems that I have written. I often thought it would be perfect for a tiny, illustrated artist's book. The first edition consisted of only two copies in small leather folders."

$15 (Four copies remaining)


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Thoughts from the Throne
By John R. Hastings
Everett, Washington: John R. Hastings, 2012. Edition of 10.

2.75 x 3"; 12 pages. Printed on Epson double-sided, Matte Presentation Paper using an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer with pigment inks. Font: Comic Sans MS. Handsewn pamphlet stitch binding. Numbered.

John Hastings: "When my twin sister and I were young, our parents tried everything to get us to use the toilet. They bought a special kid-sized toilet seat in the shape of a duck. Besides enticing us with sitting on the duck, we were often handed a book to read. It must have worked because as an adult I can spend forever in the bathroom, especially if I have something good to read."

In many households the bathroom is referred to the reading room. Hastings has paired a picture of a young boy sitting on the 'throne' with book in hand. A text bubble on each of the nine images has some challenging phrase coming from the young guy as he addresses the person outside our view that has interrupted his reading time.

"What do you mean, poop or get off the pot?"

$15


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Type Bar
By John R. Hastings
Everett, Washington: John R. Hastings, 2008. Edition of 5.

2 x 1.25" closed; 14 unnumbered pages. Accordion structure. Miniature. Text printed on acid free Wausau Hyper White paper using an HP LaserJet 2700 printer. Franklin Gothic Book font. Housed in 2.5" round metal typewriter ribbon box.

A whimsical story with line drawings assembled from type characters of different fonts.

When my friend suggested I go to the Type Bar, I wondered just how far I was willing to go to obtain material for a book. This bar can be a scary place. You know the type. ...

$30 (Last Copy)

 


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Type Bar II,
girls night out

By John R. Hastings
Everett, Washington: John R. Hastings, 2011. Edition of 10.

2 x 1.25" closed; 14 unnumbered pages. Accordion structure. Miniature. Printed on HP Premium Presentation Paper using an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer with pigment ink. Franklin Gothic Book, Alleycat, and Giddyup fonts. Laid in 2.5" round metal typewriter ribbon box.

This is the second in a series of books inspired by a round, metal typewriter ribbon box.

John R. Hastings: "Commentary on the popularity of texting as a replacement for actual conversation. Recent reviews term the book 'font-astic!'"

$30

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Sailing Past Panama
By John R. Hastings
Everett, Washington: John R. Hastings, 2008. Edition of 5.

1.5 x 1.75" closed; 21 unnumbered pages. Accordion structure. Miniature. Housed in circular (2.6" diameter) lidded tin. Colophon tipped in bottom of the tin.

John Hastings, colophon: "During 1928-29, when my father was a young man, he lived and worked in Chile. To secure passage back to the US he got a job as a work -away on the freighter Cuzco. The text for this book is based on excerpts from the journal he kept during the 35-day voyage from Antofagasta, Chile, to San Pedro, California."
$45 (Last Copy)

 


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