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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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