Monthly Archives: February 2011

Jar No. 59

Jar No 59
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 59, Feb 2011

Jar No 59 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 59 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Wire, thread and beads
Released into wild: 28/2/11 at 22.41
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 29/4/11 after just over 2 months in the wild

A late night jar but thankfully not a stressful one. I was in ‘the zone’ all day and made good progress on several jars but eventually decided to finish and release this one. I wish I could convey the deep peace I felt as I was making it: I hope the jar transmits some of that joy.

I think of the jars as tiny vignettes. They are little windows into my world; a visual diary of my brain. I’m not sure what this one tells you about me but my honey refers to it as ‘the beaded jellyfish’.

Jar No 59 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 59 close up, Feb 2011

The Adopt-A-Jar scheme

Last week I wrote a guest post on Customer Love called Bribery and Blanche Dubois. It was about the challenge of working out the details of the forthcoming Adopt-A-Jar scheme.

In the comments, the very wise LaVonne Ellis strongly suggested that I should stop ‘dithering’ and ship already. So here we go, official announcement time:

I shall be launching the Adopt-A-Jar scheme this Friday 4th March. The page will go live at 1pm GMT.

There will be three official levels – the Patron Package at £50, the Collector Package at £200 and the crazy Medici Package which ranges from £1,000 – £5,000 depending where you are in the world. And if that’s all too pricey for you, there will still be the option to donate the amount of your choice using the donation button.

With the Patron Package, you get to choose which day you want to adopt. The Collectors Package gets you the adoption day of your choice plus a jar of your very own. With the Medici Package you get everything from the first two packages AND I visit your home town and we go jar walking together!

I am only allowing one sponsor per day because I feel that if someone adopts a jar it should be ‘their’ jar, not shared with someone else. So if you do want a specific day, you’ll need to grab it. And yes, you can choose to sponsor an existing jar if you wish.

Jar No. 58

Jar No 58
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 58, Feb 2011

Jar No 58 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 58 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: White feather and black paper
Released into wild: 27/2/11 at 13.12
General Location: BS1, Bristol
Status: Found by Doug Francisco on 1/3/11

Guess which film I’m rooting at for the Oscars.

Such a simple idea but this was one of the hardest jars to get right: it took me about a month to find the materials and get the swan to the standard I wanted. I got a bit hooked on origami in the process. And as I was placing this jar, I realised that I should have used two bits of thread not one to get the swan hanging absolutely perfectly – ah well, each jar teaches me a little something.

Look away now, origami purists.

Jar No 58 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 58 close up, Feb 2011

I folded swan after swan until I finally realised that to get the look I wanted, I was going to have to cheat. I cut out two layers of paper in the swan’s neck so that I could get a head and beak that were as narrow and delicate as I wanted. Having gone that far, I decided ‘what the hell’ and used double sided tape to make it stay together neatly. Aesthetics and practicality win out over tradition and purity for me every single time.

This jar has already been on a journey. I took it to London with me intending to place it before I left this morning but there just wasn’t time, so I went for a jar walk when I got into Bristol station instead.

Jar No. 57

Jar No 57
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 57, Feb 2011

Jar No 57 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 57 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Plaster, wire and sequins
Released into wild: 26/2/11 at 12.19
General Location: Islington, London
Status: In situ

The first appearance of both sequins and plaster in the jars. Those of you familiar with my work will know that I’m a big fan of sequins – one of my other current projects is an apron that I’m entirely covering with sequins.

Jar No 57 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 57 close up, Feb 2011

I am madly in love with this jar, so much so that I’m going to make a version for myself.

This idea of towers coming out of plaster feels very insistent and important to me, although I’m not sure why. Expect to see variants on this theme in the future.

Although next time I shall definitely let the plaster dry out for much longer! As you can see, there’s still a bit of condensation in this jar – it’s making the sequins stick to the side of the glass when strictly speaking they should be lying around the base of the towers.

Jar No 57 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 57 close up, Feb 2011

Fortunately the condensation is less than it was yesterday (the drops of water are on the outside, it was a rainy jar walk) and I decided that I could live with it. However, if you find this jar, I suggest that you take the lid off for a while to let it dry out a bit more.

Jar No. 56

Jar No 56
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 56, Feb 2011

Jar No 56 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 56 close up, Feb 2011

Jar No 56 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 56 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Bleach, ink & salt drawing
Released into wild: 25/2/11 at 16.34
General Location: WC1, London
Status: Found by Colin Beveridge on 9/3/11

As usual, there’s a story to this jar. This was supposed to be tomorrow’s jar because I try not to use similar jars two days in a row. But the jar I had intended for today contains fairly fresh plaster and when I unwrapped it, there was condensation inside the jar. I’m leaving it overnight with the lid off and hopefully the plaster will have dried out by tomorrow.

Not sure what the contingency plan is – I guess I either release it with condensation or run around London trying to find a jar – I knew I should have brought an empty one!

Jar No. 55

Jar No 55
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 55, Feb 2011

Jar No 55 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 55 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Bleach, ink & salt drawing
Released into wild: 24/2/11 at 16.46
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Rebecca (aged 7) on 26/2/11


I’m not entirely sure but I think this drawing was made with ink, bleach and salt.

Jar No 55 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 55 close up, Feb 2011

Bleach over ink is an interesting technique but not terribly great for the paper, as you can see from the strange discolouring that results. But I’ve always been interested in the fugitive, the ephemeral, the temporary and the fragile – I don’t necessarily expect my art to survive, which makes the thought of lost or destroyed jars easier to bear.

Jar No. 54

Jar No 54
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 54, Feb 2011

Jar No 54 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 54 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Silver wire, thread, paper
Released into wild: 23/2/11 at 23.17
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please register it.

I think this has been the hardest day of the project so far.

I spent hours and hours making during the afternoon but nothing would gel. I ate chocolate. I went for a nap. I ate dinner. I worked some more. Still nothing.

Thankfully, at around 9pm, I found this box of silver wire drawings in my studio and at last the jar started to come together – well, after another hour of work because I still had to polish the drawings, assemble them and then photograph the jar. It was a ridiculous 11pm before I managed to leave the house to jar walk: fortunately I have a mental list of emergency spots that I can use.

I do like the end result but I never want to go through a jar day like that again!

I am particularly pleased with the construction of this jar. The drawing at the back pokes through the paper and is secured on the back (the paper is curved round to hide this), while the front two drawings dangle from thread.

Jar No 54 close up from left
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 54 close up from left, Feb 2011

Jar No 54 close up front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 54 close up from the front, Feb 2011

Jar No 54 close up from right
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 54 close up from right, Feb 2011

The first foreign jar!

Jar No 28

Jar No 28 - close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 28, torn envelope drawing, Jan 2011

Jar No. 28 was originally found by Muppet on 12 February 2011. Muppet planned to re-release the jar and clearly did so because it’s just been reported again – and look where it’s wound up!

Number on lid of jar*: 28

I’ve seen or collected a jar*: Collected a jar

Your name (optional): sian

Date jar found (optional): 20/2/2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional): curiosity

Where is the jar now? (optional): Morzine, France

Woohoo, we officially have the first jar outside Britain. How exciting is that?

Jar No. 49

Jar No 49
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 49, Feb 2011

I got a comment over on my Kirsty Hall site yesterday. Apparently Jar No. 49 has been found. Here’s what the finder, Fergus, had to say:

I found jar No.49!
What a nice idea and great way to network. I would like to keep the jar so I can show my friends and will then probably use it for a chutney or something….who knows.

Chutney? OK, that’s not quite what I had in mind but hey, once the jars are out there, they’re out of my control.

Jar No. 38

Remember Jar No. 38?

Jar No 38 - black side
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 38, Black side, Feb 2011

The finder Alan got back to me to let me know that he wasn’t looking for jars.

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional): hi,im alan again finder of jar 38, i was told of 365 jars, i wasn’t looking for jars when i found it i was looking for snakes

Where is the jar now? (optional): it is still at my house in clifton

I can’t imagine that there are many snakes around at this time of year but I hope you find some, Alan.

Jar No. 33

Jar No 33 - close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 33 close up, Feb 2011

Jar No. 33 was gone when I walked past it on Monday. If you’ve found this jar, please report your find.

Jar No. 53

Jar No 53
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 53, Feb 2011

Jar No 53 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 53 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Wire mesh, wire + air-drying clay
Released into wild: 22/2/11 at 16.08
General Location: Westbury-on-Trym, BS9, Bristol
Status: Found on 18/3/11

Had a truly delightful walk in Westbury-on-Trym this afternoon. It’s not an area I know well, so every step was an adventure. Fortunately I have an innate sense of direction, so I can usually wander freely without getting too badly lost (at least in urban areas).

According to this webpage:

The recorded origins of Westbury on Trym are older than those of Bristol. At the end of the 8th century King Offa of Mercia granted land at Westbury to Aethelmund, his minister.

Isn’t that incredible, people have been living in that area from at least the 8th Century.

Like Clifton, Westbury on Trym was once an independent village before being subsumed by Bristol and it very much retains that village feel. It’s a charming part of the city and one that I plan to jar walk again during the year.

This jar is a bit hard to decipher. It’s a cylinder of wire mesh with a ball made from wire and air-drying clay.

Jar No 53 close up 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 53 close up of clay and wire ball, Feb 2011

The ball is caught in its little cage and bangs against the sides with a slight sense of despair.

Jar No 53 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 53 close up, Feb 2011

Jar No. 52

Jar No 52
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 52, Feb 2011

Jar No 52 - in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 52 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Fabric, pigment, yarn
Released into wild: 21/2/11 at 18.54
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Tom Mann

Unusually this jar was released in the dark. I was due to go out for dinner & I could tell that I only had one walk in me today, so I decided to risk it. I took photos at home first so that I had decent close ups & then used flash to get the in situ shot. It came out better than I expected. Jar walking in the dark is definitely not my preference but it’s good to know that it’s possible – it gives me a bit more freedom.

I am very enamoured with this jar and may need to make myself one. The little bag of fabric contains blue pigment. When the bag bangs against the side of the jar, the pigment forces its way through the holes and ‘draws’ on the sides of the jar.

Jar No 52 - close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 52 close up, Feb 2011

I also tested this idea with graphite powder but it didn’t quite ‘sing’ in the way that the blue pigment does – it needed that brightness and contrast.