Monthly Archives: March 2011

Jar No. 90

Jar No 90
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 90, March 2011

Jar No 90 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 90 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Paper, ink & pencil drawing, thread
Released into wild: 31/3/11 at 12.40
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Megan

Comments:

I like the back of this jar as much as the front.

Jar No 90 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 90 – close up of back, March 2011

Jar No 90  close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 90 – close up of front, March 2011


Jar No. 89

Jar No 89
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 89, March 2011

Jar No 89 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 89 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Ink and pencil drawing
Released into wild: 30/3/11 at 23.52
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Mark Higson

Comments:
This one came in ridiculously close to the wire with only 8 minutes until the deadline. I hate to be this late, it’s stressful, but I was struggling today. I overdid it last week preparing for the conference and now my CFS/ME is playing up. I spent most of the day in bed and wasn’t terribly lively even when I was awake. So making and walking a jar took real dedication.

The trick to doing a project like this is to a) have an inner core of sheer bloody-mindedness & b) have a back-up plan.

I’ve got the former covered; as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m quietly stubborn. And this jar was my back-up plan. I experimented with several other ideas but ran out of time, so fell back on the tried-and-tested ‘drawing in a jar’ option.

Jar No 89 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 89 close up, March 2011

Personally, I find the sculptural jars far more interesting and always feel vaguely disappointed with myself when I’ve gone with a drawing. But the third thing you learn about doing a project like this is that sometimes you have to go with ‘good enough & done’. That’s not to say that I don’t have standards – I wouldn’t put any old rubbish in a jar and actually I’m perfectly content with this jar. It’s more that I need to accept that some days I don’t have a profoundly satisfying Jar Walk and/or a jar that I’m completely in love with.

Speaking of drawings, I’m shutting down my online art shop on Thursday 31st March at 9pm GMT. All the remaining drawings are reduced in price, so if you want one, you should buy it now. I’ve realised that I can’t run lots of different projects whilst doing the jars, so I’m streamlining things.


Jar No. 88

Jar No 88
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 88, March 2011

Jar No 88 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 88 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Thread and sequins
Released into wild: 29/3/11 at 16.18
General Location: Bristol City centre, BS1
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:
Normally I don’t like to release two similar jars in a row but I found yesterday’s sequin and wire jar so compelling, that I had to chase the idea some more.

Jar No 88 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 88 close up, March 2011


Jar No. 87

Jar No 87
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 87, March 2011

Jar No 87 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 87 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Wire & sequins
Released into wild: 28/3/11 at 23.25
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please register it.

Comments:
These tend to be the kind of jars that I love best – simple, elegant and almost not there at all. There’s a purity to them that delights me.

Jar No 87 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 87 close up, March 2011

The great joy of this one is the way it moves, the upper loop of wire stays almost completely still, while the bottom one dances at the slightest touch of the jar.

Jar No 87 moving
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 87 moving, March 2011

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Jar No. 86

Jar No 86
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 86, March 2011

Jar No 86 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 86 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Red and black ink drawing
Released into wild: 27/3/11 at 17.15
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Erica on 17/4/11

Comments:

I’m still recovering from yesterday’s intense conference, so today’s jar is another drawing. Drawing is my default setting; the option I choose when I’m tired or uninspired. Fortunately I have a ready supply of existing drawings to fall back on and as the project has developed, I’ve become quite blasé about cutting them down, tearing them up and otherwise altering them.

Jar No 86 close up

Two jars

I also visited two Jar Spots on today’s jar walk.

Jar No. 70 is still in place:

Jar No 70
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 70, March 2011

But Jar No. 64 has gone:

Jar No 64
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 64, March 2011

If you’ve found Jar No. 64, please record your find.


Jar No. 85

Jar No 85
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 85, March 2011

Jar No 85 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 85 close up, March 2011

Jar No 85 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 85 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Photograph with silver ink drawing
Released into wild: 26/3/11 at 09.21
General Location: Taunton, Somerset
Status: Reported as missing. If you’ve found this jar, please register it.

Comments:

I spoke today at the Textile Forum South West conference in Taunton (hence the unusual location of today and yesterday’s jar). It was a truly wonderful day, I enjoyed all the speakers and the topic of mapping was right up my street (sorry, I just couldn’t help myself).

If you’re in the South West/Gloucestershire/Wales area of the UK and interested in textiles, I do recommend becoming a member of TFSW – I find it the friendliest and most enjoyable of the local art groups that I belong to, plus we go on great day trips.

My own presentation – Mapping Impossible Islands: The Internet For Artists – seemed to go over very well and I was noticeably less nervous this time around than when I did my first talk in London last year. It reminded me how deeply I care about getting other artists online and how much I actually know about the internet. The jars have been eating my life since the start of the year and I’ve not been able to spend much time and energy on my consulting business but doing this talk re-ignited my passion for it, which was great.

Taunton is an excellent place to jar walk and I was spoilt for choice for delicious walls this morning.

As you can probably imagine, I have become quite the wall connoisseur. Walls with rounded or very narrow tops are obviously no good because the jar would be too precarious. And although I sometimes leave jars on bare walls, I much prefer walls with hedges or overgrown ivy. Even there, I tend to avoid very manicured hedges since I suspect those particular house-owners might not be so keen on finding a jar on their wall.

Today’s wall and hedge combination is exactly the kind that I favour:

Jar No 85 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 85 in situ, March 2011

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Jar No 84

Jar No 84
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 84, March 2011

Jar No 84 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 84 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Bandage, photographic transfer on eggshell
Released into wild: 24/3/11 at 16.43
General Location: Taunton
Status: Reported as missing. If you’ve found this jar, please register it.

Comments:
Don’t even ask! I have no idea why I transferred a photographic image of my own eye onto half an eggshell but I’m sure it made perfect sense at the time.

This oddity has been lurking in my display cabinet for many years, I added the bandage because clearly both eyes and eggshells need gentle protection.

Personally I think this jar is wistful and vulnerable and in need of some jar cuddling but I suspect others may find it creepy.

Jar No 84 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 84 close up, March 2011

The placement of this jar is more open than I usually like but I just couldn’t resist this amazing pole. I loved the wonderful combination of textures, especially the frayed weathered burlap – it compliments the fraying textile bandage inside the jar so perfectly.

textile on pole 02
Kirsty Hall: Textural telephone pole, Taunton, March 2011

textile on pole 01
Kirsty Hall: Textural telephone pole, Taunton, March 2011

I should make some textile and wood things and leave them outside for a few months. Think how interesting it would be to interrupt that process of decay by drying something out before placing it inside glass and returning to the outside world again.

textile on pole 03
Kirsty Hall: Textural telephone pole, Taunton, March 2011


Mark is back!

I was feeling a little concerned about Mark, Our Intrepid Jar Hunter because I hadn’t heard from him for a couple of weeks – so I dropped him an email. Here’s his reply, which he says counts as a triple jar form:

“Hey Mark”, they all say. “When’re you gonna get more jars? It’s been weeks now”. Their eyes brim at a disappointment barely restrained, their voices wavering despite forced bravado. I bat them away. Jar hunting’s a young man’s game. Leave it to the Rorys and Rebeccas of the world; let the new generation take up the mantle. I had a good run! Sixteen jars. Nobody’s going to top that. A third of all of them, most of the time, and that’s not including all the ones I narrowly missed. That’s good enough for anyone.

Still the voices echo in my ears. The disappointment of my peers stings bitterly in the corners of my eyes.

I’ll just take the direct route home. I’ll save a lot of time without all that random meandering. Maybe take some photos, write some haikus. People’ll understand. They’ll find some other cause to rally around. I always said I’d aim for between 20-30% of the jars, and I’ll fall out of that range in a couple of days. That’ll mark my retirement, I think.

Random debris glints in the periphery of my vision. A milk bottle, a drinks can. In the recycling bin, a Dolmio fluted 403ml. I ignore it and hurry home.

Still, there’s no reason I can’t still follow the project! Maybe I’ll have a quick look on the website, just for old time’s sake. Nostalgia’s healthy, they say. I’ll just read the first few posts. Even if I’m retired, it’s still fun to see all th-

My breath catches in my throat.

I know where that is.

That’s on my way to work.

I stare in silence. I can hear my heart beating. For a moment my rational mind protests, resists, strains against a welling momentum, then finally snaps like an overwound bowstring. I launch from my home as if from a ballista, full of momentum, the air parting before me as though timid, scurrying quietly back in my wake. I’m not a man anymore, not a fragile frame of bone and flesh but a striding force of pure purpose. The rain on my chest is a baptism. I’m born again.

Yeesh! That got pretty melodramatic toward the end there. The things I’ll do for a subtle Batman reference. Between you and me, I was never really planning to formally retire, I’ve just been a bit distracted recently. I’m not sure I can keep up quite the intensity I had in the early days of the project, but I’m still planning to keep hunting!

I got 78 and 79 on the above trip, and 81 a couple of days later (the 23rd, I think?).

Jar No. 78
Jar No 78
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 78, March 2011

Jar No. 79
Jar No 79
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 79, March 2011

Jar No. 81
Jar No 81
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 81, March 2011

Batman references are fine by me, Mark. And I am thrilled to bits that my two beloved cross stitch jars have been reunited, as I was not-so-secretly hoping they would be.

In honour of Mark’s triumphant three-jar return to the project, he now has his own tag – ‘intrepid jar hunter’. So far, I’ve only tagged this entry but I’ll go back and tag his other jars in the next week or two.

There’s no chance of Mark getting tomorrow’s jar though because I’m off to Taunton for two days. I’m speaking at this Textile Forum South West conference on textiles and mapping on Saturday. I believe there are still tickets available if you’re in the area and are interested.

Look out Somerset, the jars are coming to get you!


Jar No. 83

Jar No 83 - front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 83 – front, March 2011

Jar No 83 - back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 83 – back, March 2011

Jar No 83 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 83 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Ink drawing on envelope
Released into wild: 24/3/11 at 16.43
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Mark Higson

Comments:

As you can see, tearing paper is still a strong theme but I have to confess, this particular tearing was purely practical – there was an annoying stain on the paper.

I considered covering the drawing with gesso or scanning it and printing it out on transparent paper but I didn’t want to lose the lovely deep blackness of the ink. So I just ripped the stain off. I like the unevenness of the edges and the way it reveals that it’s drawn on something as prosaic as an envelope.

Jar No 83 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 83 close up, March 2011

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4 missing jars

If you’ve found any of these jars, it would be awesome if you could report them.

Jar No. 78

Jar No 78
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 78, March 2011

Alas, Jar No 78 has gone but not yet been reported. I’m sad about this one disappearing because I still feel quite attached to the pair of cross-stitch jars. Most of the jars are reasonably easy to let go off, but a few are a real wrench.

Jar No. 72

Jar No 72
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 72, March 2011

This was in a reasonably easy place, so I’m not surprised that it’s gone already.

Jar No 67

Jar No 67
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 67, March 2011

I strongly suspect from the timing that Jar No 67 may be the one found by Nicola on the 11th March but without a jar number, I can’t be sure. Nicola, if this is your jar, please let me know.

Jar No. 61

Jar No 61
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 61, March 2011

I walked past Jar No. 61‘s spot last night and it’s gone too. Sigh, so many missing jars. I just have to keep in mind that the majority of jars that are found are reported.