We travel on well-worn paths. We do not deviate. We go from A to B and back again.
365 Jars is making me realise how much of my local area I hadn’t explored, despite having lived here for 13 years. In the last month I have explored the majority of the streets in the immediate area and now I am ranging further afield.
And I am not alone. I heard from our Intrepid Jar Hunter, Mark last night. He has overcome his recent bad luck by finding Jar No. 25, which was the one with the hidden message in it and he has some insightful thoughts about exploring and observing.
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 25, Sewn scratched photograph, Jan 2011
Number on lid of jar*: 25
I’ve seen or collected a jar*: Collected a jar
Your name (optional): Mark Higson
Date jar found (optional): 25/01/2011
If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional): The crushing pain of a four-jar losing streak. I’m glad I found this particular one – most of the other jars can be appreciated to a lesser or greater extent just from the photographs, but the secret message hidden in #25 piqued my curiosity. It’s doubly satisfying in that it’s the first jar I’ve found having recognised the location from previous explorations. One of my favourite parts of hunting the jars is how it’s motivating me to expand my world, to explore the streets and woodland paths I’d always ignored and to discover the beautiful details that have been hiding ten minutes from my doorstep.
Where is the jar now? (optional): Bolstering my once-more-burgeoning collection!
I had never walked down that footpath before I placed the jar. How delightful that the project is giving both Mark and I this deeper knowledge of our environment.
Jar No. 26 is missing
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 26, Ink drawing and wild clematis seeds, Jan 2011
My friend Nada was walking past this spot yesterday at 2pm and she spotted that Jar No. 26 has gone already – that one didn’t last long, less than 24 hours! It’s not been reported yet but hopefully it was found by someone who appreciates it. If you found Jar No 26, please record your find here.
Jar No. 5 possibly gone
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 5, handwritten text on paper yarn, Jan 2011
Since I was in the area, I went searching for Jar No. 5 yesterday. The jar was originally located in Clifton – in fact, it was the first jar to be registered as found – but it was re-released in Stokes Croft by its finder, Kieran.
I couldn’t find it, so either Kieran hid it very well or it’s been found again. It was fun to go on a jar hunt of my own – now I can relate to Mark’s frustration at not being able to find a jar when I know where it should be!
If you’ve found Jar No. 5, please record your find here.
Elizabeth Drouillard who is a regular reader and commenter has kindly featured the project on her blog, along with another beautiful 365 project from Adaiha, who is crocheting a granny square every day.
Just a reminder, if you’d like to interview me, please get in touch. And if you want to mention the project on your blog, just help yourself to photos from the 365 Jars Flickr group – there’s no need to ask permission, although do let me know when your post goes live and I’ll mention you in an update.