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Jar No 124

Jar No 124
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 124, May 2011

Jar No 124 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 124 in situ, May 2011

Contents: Metal mesh, red thread, salt
Released into wild: 4/5/11 at 17.11
General Location: Stroud, Gloucestershire
Status: Found by RM on 10/5/11

Comments:

There are two reasons that jars don’t have to be made the day they’re released.

The first is so I don’t have a complete mental breakdown during the course of the year. The second is because I knew I wanted to make some salt evaporated jars and they take a very long time.

Jar No 124 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 124 close up, May 2011

This jar has been very slowly evaporating on my studio window ledge for several months now. In fact, there was still some salt water left in the bottom but I decided that I didn’t want it to evaporate completely because then the red thread wouldn’t be visible. So a few days ago, I poured out the last few centimetres and left it to form a final ring of crystals as it dried.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 124 close up, May 2011

I particularly wanted today’s jar to have a textile element because I spent the afternoon at Stroud International Textiles with some fellow TFSW members.

I had an excellent day, although I did think the festival was stronger overall last year. However, I still enjoyed much of the work that I saw, particularly this exhibition at the Museum In The Park where I was amused to see yet another work featuring a jar. It seems that I just can’t escape them at the moment.

Lauren Steeper cut out every word in the dictionary and placed it in a jar. She then devised a set of rules based on chance which result in a weekly cross stitch of random words. Needless to say, this was right up my street!

Thanks

Diane Gilleland from Craftypod is passionate about supporting her fellow artists, crafters and geeks and she does a monthly write-up of how she’s supported her community. I am delighted that she choose to support the jars in April.

If you’d like to donate to the project, please click here.


Other jar arts

Putting art in jars is hardly an original idea. In the first year of my degree I made a whole series of ‘things in jars’ & I’ve also dabbled with the idea since graduating.

Child’s shoe suspended in salt water, made during the first year of my degree:

Shoe Jar
Kirsty Hall, Shoe Jar, 1999/2000

Red cord made on a French knitting spool, placed in open jar with saturated salt solution which gradually evaporated:

Red Cord Jar 01
Kirsty Hall, Red Cord Jar, Oct 2004

Releasing art jars into the wild isn’t new either – right after I came up with the idea for this project, I found a version in a Keri Smith book. I hadn’t read the book before, we’d just both come to the same conclusion – jars are a good way to protect art if you want to leave it outside.

I like to think that I’m doing jars a bit differently to other people – my version is almost certainly more obsessive and rule-driven, for starters – but even if you all rushed out and exactly copied the project, our experiences and results would still be quite different.

This is a long-winded way to say that if you’ve ever had an urge to play with jars but feel that I ‘own’ the idea, please understand that I don’t. I’m completely fine with other artists making art jars and there’s no need to ask my permission. In fact, if you let me know about it, I might highlight your jars on this blog.

Here are a few jar projects that have caught my eye recently…

3 lovely jar projects

Inspired by this site, Amy from A Nest For All Seasons made and released some lovely jars containing fabric flowers


Photograph © 2011 by A Nest for All Seasons

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I love this project by Irene Perez.

Experiment 400/5 The Alliance of Pentaphilic Curators @ Gallery 400

Photograph © of Irene Perez

Perez placed a huge jar of marbles in a gallery next to an empty matching jar. People were allowed to remove a marble in exchange for leaving another small object that they placed in the other jar. I can’t even begin to describe how much I adore this. You can see how clearly it relates to 365 Jars and the way people sometimes act with my jars: there’s been at least one occasion where it looks like someone’s swapped out my jar for another object.

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I also heard from Alex Sax, who’s organising The Jar Project exhibition in Maine. It’s interesting to see how the different artists have approached the jar format.