Monthly Archives: April 2011

Jar No 119

Jar No 119
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 119, April 2011

Jar No 119 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 119 in situ, April 2011

Contents: Dyed paper yarn
Released into wild: 29/4/11 at 18.51
General Location: Bedminster/BS3, Bristol
Status: Found by Nath the King on 23/5/11

Comments:

More of the lovely Paperphine paper yarn. I dyed this with alcohol ink: as you can see, paper yarn takes colour well.

Jar No 119 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 119 close up, April 2011

See how amazing the world looks through a jar!

Jar No 119 distortion
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 119 distortion, April 2011

After placing this jar I headed over to the Spike Island Open, an annual event where the artists open their studios to the public. I don’t have a studio there myself but I am a Spike Island Associate, so I go along to support the event. Besides it’s always fun to see what other artists are up to.

And what did I find almost as soon as I walked in the door?

Jars!

This is a work by Rodney Harris called The Elements. It comprises of four large jars containing (from left to right) money, oil, blood and earth.


Rodney Harris, The Elements, April 2011


Rodney Harris, The Elements, April 2011

It was nice to meet a fellow artist working with jars and Rodney and I had a good old chat about them.

Adopt-A-Jar

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3 recent finds

Phew, I’ve had a slew of submitted jar forms lately but I’m nearly caught up.

Jar No 110

Jar No 110
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 110, April 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 110

Your name (optional): Theo

Date jar found (optional): 27th April 2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I spotted it on the way to school and out of curiosity I turned it
around to find out what was inside it.

Where is the jar now? (optional): At home!

Ah well done, Theo – I was just wondering earlier in the week if Jar No 110 had been found yet.

Jar No 116

Jar No 116
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 116, April 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 116

Your name (optional): Richard

Date jar found (optional): 27th April 2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I knew exactly where it would be because I used to work opposite the
location.

Where is the jar now? (optional): In my kitchen.

Wow, that one didn’t last long in the wild – only one day! I suspected that Jar No 116 would only be found by someone actively looking for it but I didn’t expect it to be quite so quick.

Jar No 59

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

And now an old one. Jar No 59 has been out there since 28th of February, so it managed a whole two months in the wild before Allison found it. This is her third jar – she’s really on a roll!

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

Number on lid of jar: 59

Your name (optional): Allison

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I’ve been looking for this jar for weeks now, but I stumbled upon it
when I turned a corner. Again, I think I am being pulled towards these
jars. I get a tingly sense of euphoria when I am at the end of a quest
and feel a jar is close by.

Where is the jar now? (optional): With its siblings on my kitchen
shelf.


Jar No 118

Jar No 118
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 118, April 2011

Jar No 118 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 118 close up, April 2011

Jar No 118 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 118 in situ, April 2011

Contents: Paper & sand
Released into wild: 28/4/11 at 14.20
General Location: Easton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

This is the first jar to be released in Easton.

Easton is a challenge to Jar Walk because there aren’t many hedges but it’s absolutely brilliant for house numbers and graffiti.

No 28 - handpainted
Kirsty Hall: No 28, April 2011

Police graffiti
Kirsty Hall: Policemen graffiti, April 2011

House graffiti
Kirsty Hall: House graffiti, April 2011

Strongman graffiti
Kirsty Hall: Strongman graffiti, April 2011

But I was pleased with the spot I eventually found because the stems of the clematis echo the paper forms inside the jar.

Jar No 118
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 118 in situ, April 2011


Jar No 117

Jar No 117
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 117, April 2011

Jar No 117 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 117 in situ, April 2011

PS. If you’re hunting this jar, there’s another in situ shot here

Contents: White ink drawing on black paper
Released into wild: 27/4/11 at 15.53
General Location: Avebury, Wiltshire
Status: In situ

Comments:

My honey and I went on a lovely day trip to Avebury today.

Spreading the jars outside Bristol is becoming increasingly important to me. One of the great things about this project is that rather than feeling guilty about ‘not working’ when I take a day trip, instead I get all excited about taking the jars to a new place.

Avebury circle
Kirsty Hall: Avebury, April 2011

Avebury is the largest and the oldest stone circle known to exist in the world and it’s a very special place.

The stones really are huge and impressive – this one was at least three times taller than me.

Avebury stone 02
Kirsty Hall: Avebury, April 2011

I was particularly captivated by the white chalk path on the top of the earthworks. I’ve never seen it shining so brightly and I felt compelled to walk it.

The white path
Kirsty Hall: Avebury – the white path, April 2011

It’s easy to see why so many people have been inspired to paint the chalk downs of Southern England.

Avebury landscape
Kirsty Hall: Avebury landscape, April 2011

There’s even a cute tie-in to jars. Alexander Keiller, who investigated and restored a lot of the stones and gifted much of Avebury to The National Trust was the heir to the Dundee marmalade company, James Keiller & Sons. If I’d known that, I would have made a jar that related to oranges!

Instead I went with this drawing because it reminded me of stars, astronomy and mystical diagrams.

Jar No 117 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 117 close up, April 2011

And I found correspondences in the stones themselves.

Avebury hole 01
Kirsty Hall: Avebury – hole in standing stone, April 2011

I’d forgotten how full of interesting little holes the Avebury stones are.

Travelling jars

This is the first jar to be placed in Wiltshire.

Ideally, I’d like to place a jar in every county in Britain but it would be a bit of a stretch as there are 128 of them and some of them are rather far flung.

I should be able to get all the English regions though – there are only 9 of those. I’ve done two already (the South West and London) and I’m going to Leeds next week, which will score me Yorkshire and the Humber. If you’re in Yorkshire and would like to meet me, I’m speaking at this exciting event on Sunday 8th May.


Allison finds two jars

Allison has been Jar Hunting with great success – she’s found two jars.

Jar No 71

Jar No 71
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 71, March 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 71

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 23.4.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I went looking for jars last Thursday, without any luck. When I
returned home I realised that I had been close to finding one. I
returned today, and joy of joys, I found it. I am thrilled. Thank you.

Where is the jar now? (optional): Kitchen shelves

I visited Jar No 71 last week. It had fallen over, so I replaced it upright. I had intended to post extra photographic clues for this jar because it had been in the wild for more than a month but I didn’t need to because Allison found it the very next day.

If you’re Jar Hunting, it’s always worth having a bit of a root around in places where you think a jar might be because they do occasionally fall over or become swamped by greenery.

Jar No 113

Jar No 113
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 113, April 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 113

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 25.04.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I am besotted with this project.

Where is the jar now? (optional): Kitchen shelf, with no. 71.

Did you know where Jar No 113 was going to be, Allison or was it chance?

Allison also left a lovely comment:

I am in love with your project. I spotted a couple of jars early on in the year, but not knowing what they were, and being highly suspicious, I walked on by – can you believe it?!? A few weeks ago I read about 365 Jars on a crafty-art type blog and I rushed out to look. I failed in my first few attempts, but realised I had come close on one walk. I retraced my steps and TA-DA, there it was, good old no. 71!!
Another couple of walks later (I am loving the physical exercise too) and I bagged no. 113. I am having so much fun, THANK YOU, Allison

I’m glad you’re enjoying the project, Allison and I’m impressed that you spotted some early jars and then made the connection when you heard about the project.


Jar No 116

Jar No 116
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 116, April 2011

Jar No 116 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 116 in situ, April 2011

Contents: Fabric, pins, thread
Released into wild: 26/4/11 at 19.24
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Richard on 27/4/11

Comments:

This jar is misbehaving. The pins are supposed to stay upright (as in the picture above) but they have a tendency to slump.

Jar No 116 slumped
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 116 slumped, April 2011

Naughty, naughty pins!

Yeah, I think gravity won that round.

Fortunately, it’s still quite interesting even with the pins slumping, so I decided to go with it.

Jar No 116 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 116 close up, April 2011

Jar No 116 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 116 close up, April 2011

Adopt-A-Jar

Julia from Historic Fibres wrote about why she adopted a jar. If you’d like to join her in having a jar dedicated to you, click here for more information.


More finds

Jar No 91

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Jar No 91, so I’m delighted that it’s been found.

Jar No 91
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 91, April 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 91

Your name (optional): Fergus Brazier

Date jar found (optional): 24/4/11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I collected a jar a while ago, no.49 and really liked the project and
website. i’ve now got an eye for it and spotted this on on a walk
round clifton and love it. really pretty little knitted squid.

Where is the jar now? (optional): pride of place on our mantlepeice
waiting for more to join!

Well done Fergus, I think this makes you the fifth person to have found more than one jar.

Jar No 111

Jar No 111
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 111, April 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 111

Your name (optional): Toby

Date jar found (optional): 24/4/11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
It had something in it and I was curious!

Where is the jar now? (optional): at our home in Cribbs causeway.

I was surprised that Jar No 11 lasted three days in the wild as I thought it was in a very obvious place. Well done for spotting it, Toby!


Jar No 115

Jar No 115
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 115, April 2011

Jar No 115 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 115 in situ, April 2011

Contents: Ink & pencil drawing & greaseproof paper
Released into wild: 25/4/11 at 23.54
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Mark Higson

Comments:
Things that are not good on a Jar Walk: insects flying up my nose!

This hasn’t happened to me whilst releasing jars before, this evening it happened not once, but twice. Apparently my left nostril was the place to be if you were a Clifton moth tonight. Weird.

This is another jar that plays around with the idea of obscuring the contents slightly. I do like the muted, softening effect of the greaseproof paper over the drawing.

Jar No 115 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 115 close up, April 2011

Thanks

Thanks to the Curbly blog for mentioning the jars in this lovely round up of DIY uses for jars – apparently I’m a bit ‘on trend’ at the moment. Who knew?

I was delighted to be mentioned on the Flavorpill blog too. I especially liked this bit:

“We wish we lived in Bristol so that we could be on the lookout for Hall’s charming art jars – it’s like an Easter egg hunt every day, only instead of chocolate bunnies, you find art.”


Three Scottish jars

Ruth Churchman, a longterm Jar Fan and finder of Jar No 99, has been busy!

Jar No 100

Jar No 100
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 100, April 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 100

Your name (optional): Ruth Churchman

Date jar found (optional): 20/4/11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I thought I knew a couple of roads it could be down, as I had seen
similar looking walls there. Before heading there I checked out
possible locations using the street view in Google maps to scope out a
possible site. The two roads I checked first did not look right, but I
saw the rails of a bridge, and realised it was possibly a bridge in
the background of the photo. I zoomed out on Google maps and looked
where a burn intersected with roads in that area, and in street view
it looked a likely candidate. so I drove there, parked up, headed for
the spot, and there was the jar, waiting for me under the hedge! This
jar looks so much better in real life. I like the way the ladder
jiggles about in the jar. As Kirsty says, the kinetic quality of some
of the jars is lost in the photos.

Where is the jar now? (optional): It is at home with me, but I am
taking it with me to Newcastle this weekend and intend to release it
there

I haven’t placed any jars in Newcastle yet, so it’s exciting that Jar No 100 is going on a further adventure there.

Jar No 98

Ruth has also spotted Jar No 98 but not collected it yet, so if you’re in the area, it’s still worth visiting Heriot to see if you can find it.


Kirsty Hall: Jar No 98, April 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Spotted a jar

Number on lid of jar: 98

Your name (optional): Ruth Churchman

Where is the jar now? (optional): I noticed this jar as I drove past
it in Heriot, but have left it for someone else to find. If no-one
finds it in the next few weeks I will go back for it and move it
elsewhere. P.S. Lauder jar 101 still in place.

Thank you Ruth, I couldn’t have left the Lauder jar with a better guardian and I’m glad to have you keeping an eye on Jar No 98 too.

Jar No 103

Jar No 103
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 103, April 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 103

Your name (optional): Óscar González González

Date jar found (optional): 22/04/2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I’m spanish, and I arrived in Edinburgh one month ago, to do here a
practical training into a company. I’ve studied Art History and now
I’m doing Photography. I was walking, just going to a pub to take a
beer, and i saw this small piece of art in the window. Obviously I had
to keep it, I thought in this moment that it was a small and beautiful
piece of art. I love this kind of things. Thanks so much, Kirsty, to
make this and put a smile in our routine days 😀

Where is the jar now? (optional): Two weeks ago, I went to North
Berwick and I found like 20 amazing and beautiful snail’s shells. I
was looking for a jar to put them into, and the jar came to me 😀 The
jar is on my temporally table in Edinburgh, with all my shells into
(keeping the pinhole paper, of course! ) I’m so happy! 🙂 Thanks
again!

It sounds like Jar No 103 has gone to an excellent home. I’m glad you liked your find, Óscar.

……

If you’re up that way, there are currently still two Scottish jars to be found – Jar No 98 in Heriot and Jar No 101 in Lauder.


Jar No 114

Jar No 114
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114, April 2011

Jar No 114 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114 in situ, April 2011

Contents: Silver wire & micro beads
Released into wild: 24/4/11 at 21.37
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Mark Higson

Comments:

This project is a phenomenal amount of work and I can go from ‘completely on top of it’ to ‘holy cow, why am I doing this to myself?’ in a matter of hours. My Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been flaring this week and over the last two days, the jars have felt decidedly Sisyphean.

In an effort to cheer myself up, I decided I needed some uncomplicated sparkly prettiness in today’s jar. I am usually wary of prettiness and try to avoid too much of it but occasionally it feels just right.

Jar No 114 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114 close up, April 2011

Jar No 114 distortion
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114 distortion, April 2011

Because I’m feeling unwell, my mood about Easter has been equally sour.

I’m not a Christian, so the holiday has little intrinsic meaning for me (although I do appreciate the chocolate) and frankly I was fed up of hearing about it. However, I didn’t want to rain on anyone’s parade by being cynical or sceptical, so I was keeping my mouth shut about my feelings.

Then when I was out on my Jar Walk, I found this charming child’s drawing taped to a house railing.

Izzy's drawing
Kirsty Hall: Izzy’s Drawing, April 2011

The innocent, heartfelt wish that I have a good Easter hit me hard and I nearly burst into tears on the spot. Not because of anything to do with Easter but simply because a small child had taken the time to do something nice for passers-by. Naturally, I instantly made the connection with what I’m doing – leaving art for people to find, in the hope that it will brighten their day.

So thank you for your lovely message, Izzy.

I can’t honestly say that I’ve had a happy Easter – it’s been a tough day and right now my body hurts a lot – but your drawing made it a wee bit better. You reminded me that my jars are worth doing; even on days like today when they feel like an enormous burden and I thank you for that.