Monthly Archives: May 2011

Jar No 151

Jar No 151
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 151, May 2011

Jar No 151 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 151 in situ, May 2011

Contents: Photograph + glass
Released into wild: 31/5/11 at 22.01
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s mum on 1/6/11

Comments:

When I first got my new printer, I accidentally discovered that if the prints were very fresh, I could wipe off the darkest layer of ink, giving this silvery, almost daguerreotype look.

Jar No 151 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 151 close up, May 2011

Of course, I haven’t managed to do it since! I’m not sure what I did to make the ink so vulnerable on this particular photograph but I need to experiment because I’d like to repeat the effect.

A sudden reappearance

I made an exciting discovery on last night’s Jar Walk. I was walking down a street I hadn’t explored since I left a jar there in January, when I saw what looked like one of my jars. Surely not?

Jar No 31 reappears 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 31 back in situ, May 2011

I walked over and found – to my great delight – that Jar No 31 had reappeared in exactly the same spot where I’d originally left it.

Jar No 31 reappears 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 31 back in situ, May 2011

Sasha, the Jar Finder, did say that she might replace it in the wild but it hadn’t occurred to me that she might put it back where she found it. This project never ceases to surprise me.

Jar No 31 reappears 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 31 back in situ, May 2011

Now if all the missing jars would just miraculously reappear or get reported, I’d be a very happy artist indeed.


More finds from Theo's family

Theo’s family are definitely starting to challenge Mark The Intrepid Jar Finder in the jar hunting stakes!

Jar No 131

Theo’s mum has found Jar No 131, her second jar.

Jar No 131
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 131, May 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 131

Your name (optional): Theo’s mum

Date jar found (optional): 29/05/2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
How could I resist? – another fluke find as I was walking past.

Where is the jar now? (optional): Happily reunited with its cousins.


Jar No 144

And Theo’s sister, Milly has found her first jar with Jar No 144. Well done, Milly!

Jar No 144
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 144, May 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 144

Your name (optional): Theo’s sister Milly

Date jar found (optional): 29/05/2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Because I liked it and Theo had already found some. I really wanted
to find one myself.

Where is the jar now? (optional): With the others!

I hope your remaining two siblings aren’t too jealous, Milly. Having grown up in a family with three brothers, I know how competitive large families can get sometimes.

Even Theo’s dad is getting in on the action. He said in a recent email:

“Loving the project, spreading the word. Spent yesterday walking in the drizzle with 4 kids, which just shows how good it is. Still haven’t found one myself, but here’s hoping…”

I do hope that every member of Theo’s family eventually finds their own jar.

Thanks

Theo’s family generously left a financial donation for the project, which I hugely appreciate. If you’d like to join Theo’s family in supporting the project, please click here.


Jar No 150

Jar No 150
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 150, May 2011

Jar No 150 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 150 close up, May 2011

Contents: Red sand + red wire
Released into wild: 30/5/11 at 20.44
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s Dad on 31/5/11

Comments:

My partner thought this jar looked like a sparkler and this shot taken with flash really brings out that aspect of the jar.

Jar No 150 with flash
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 150 taken with flash, May 2011

This jar spot had everything…

Jar No 150 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 150 in situ, May 2011

… a scary broken bunny…
Scary bunny

… and parasitic broomrape plants.

Broomrape

How could I resist?

I did try to place the jar inside the broken bunny but sadly it wouldn’t fit, so it’s nestling behind it instead.

Thanks

Huge thanks go out to Shelly for her kind donation. If you’d like to help the project, click here to adopt a jar or donate the sum of your choice.


Four found jars

Jar No 124

Hooray, the Stroud jar has been found!

Jar No 124
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 124, May 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 124

Your name (optional): R M

Date jar found (optional): 10.5.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I was walking my dog when I saw it. It looked interesting.

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


Jar No 90

Jar No 90 has been bagged by Megan with the help of the extra clues I released.

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

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

Number on lid of jar: 90

Your name (optional): Megan

Date jar found (optional): Last Weekend-ish

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
My Mum showed me the picture so I went and looked where I thought it
might be, and found it!

Where is the jar now? (optional): In my bedroom inspiring me to
revise.


Jar No 135

I knew Jar No 135 was missing, so I’m very glad that it’s been reported.

Jar no 135
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 135, May 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 135

Your name (optional): RICHARD

Date jar found (optional): 20th May

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I went looking for a different jar and found this one instead.

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


Jar No 146

I’m pleased that Jar No 146 has been found because its cousin, Jar No 37 was released on the same street but vanished without a trace.

Jar No 146
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 146 front, May 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 146

Your name (optional): Sarah

Date jar found (optional): 28/05/2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
It said “if you like me, take me” and I did like it 🙂

Where is the jar now? (optional): Next to me. I may well release it
back into the wilds of Bristol though. I’d be interested to see if it
makes a journey 🙂

Thanks for your reports, Jar Finders – enjoy your jars.


Jar No 149

Jar No 149
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 149, May 2011

Jar No 149 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 149 in situ, May 2011

Contents: Photograph
Released into wild: 29/5/11 at 23.54
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Reported as missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:
Total unmitigated panic.

After an hour of working on jars that weren’t quite coming together, I was running out of time. I had a few moments of leaning into my partner’s chest, hysterically muttering, ‘I can’t do this, I can’t do this’ before frantically searching through boxes and finding this photo that thankfully was already cut down and ready to go.

Jar No 149 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 149 close up, May 2011

Relief. I stuffed it into a jar, quickly photographed it and then dived outside with ten minutes to spare and left it in the nearest hedge I could find.

Jar No 149 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 149 in situ, May 2011

This is not how this project is meant to go!

Repeat after me: tomorrow I will be better organised, tomorrow I will be better organised.


A symmetrical jar story

Jar No 98 has a delightful boomerang story.

Jar No 98
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 98, April 2011

First I heard from Ruth Churchman, who had spotted Jar No 98 back in April but not collected it because she’d already found two of the Scottish jars.

“Hi there, My friend Amanda, from Bristol has been staying with me all
weekend. She has been unsuccessful finding jars in Clifton, she found
the site of one recently, just after it had been found:( So when she
came here, she wanted me to take her to Heriot to see if the remaining
jar was there. I was very strict with her, and said I would not give
her any clues, but I would drive her to Heriot and she would have to
tell me where to go. She found it this morning, on her way to
Edinburgh to catch the train home. So No. 98 is chugging its way back
to its creator in Bristol, its spiritual and creative home:)”

Then I heard from Amanda herself.

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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
98

Your name (optional): Amanda

Date jar found (optional): 22nd May

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Yes! I have the jar from Heriot safely returned to Bristol. Poor Ruth,
having spotted it on the blog I was wasn’t going home without it. I
made her drive round and round until I found it.

Where is the jar now? (optional): Back in Clifton.

This jar was made in Clifton and carried up to Scotland by me to be released, so it literally went from Clifton to Heriot and back again. How funny is that! It’s even more amusing when you realise that my parent’s village is very small and obscure and I doubt that Amanda had even heard of it before seeing it on the blog.


Jar No 148

Jar No 148
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 148, May 2011

Jar No 148 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 148 in situ, May 2011

Contents: White ink drawing on black paper
Released into wild: 28/5/11 at 23.12
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s sister Milly on 4/6/11

Comments:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge

On difficult days, I take heart and strength from you, my darling Jar Fans. Knowing that you’re out there waiting patiently for the next jar keeps me going. On days when I don’t think I have anything left to give. On days when it all seems too much. On days when walking is painful or exhausting. On days when I can’t be bothered. On days when I have nothing to say. On days like that, I think of you.

Jar No 148 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 148 close up, May 2011

Jar No 148 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 148 side shot, May 2011

Jar No 148 arty side shot
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 148 side shot, May 2011

Thank you for always being there.


Jar No 147

Jar No 147
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 147, May 2011

Jar No 147 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 147, May 2011

Contents: Paper yarn + thread
Released into wild: 27/5/11 at 16.52
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

“All paths lead nowhere, so it is important to choose a path that has heart.”
Carlos Castenda

Or you could choose a path that has a good spot where a red paper twine and thread jar can hide.

Jar No 147 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 147 close up, May 2011


Jar No 146

Jar No 146
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 146 front, May 2011

Jar No 146 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 146 back, May 2011

Jar No 146 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 146 in situ, May 2011

Contents: Paper, pins
Released into wild: 26/5/11 at 23.42
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Sarah on 28/05/2011, then Christina on 16/06/2011 and then by Kate, Emma and Alex on 18/6/11

Comments:

I know it’s only paper and pins but to me there’s something magical about this jar.

I love how the light comes through the pinholes in this jar and how the pins cast shadows like drawn lines.

Jar No 146 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 146 close up, May 2011

And how the curvature of the jar forces the pins towards each other.

Jar No 146 close up from side
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 146 close up, May 2011

And the way the back reminds me of constellations.

Jar No 146 close up back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 146 close up of back, May 2011

I hope this jar is found by someone who loves it as much as I do.

Donations welcome

This project runs on love, determination and the kindness of people like yourself. Please help to keep the project going strong by donating.


Jar No 145

Jar No 145
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 145 front, May 2011

Jar No 145 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 145 in situ, May 2011

Contents: Paper, ink, pencil, thread
Released into wild: 25/5/11 at 18.37
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Megan on 31/5/11. This is Megan’s second jar, she also found Jar No 90

Comments:

I pierced the centres of these red dots with a needle: you can just about see it on this close up.

Jar No 145 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 145 close up, May 2011

Originally I had planned to run thread through them but they don’t line up neatly enough and it just looked wrong, so I glued the drawing together instead. I get some interesting results when I turn a 2-D drawing into a 3-D shape and I find it intriguing. I trained in sculpture and I still consider myself a sculptor, so 3-D drawings strongly appeal to me.

I’m also still very captivated by the idea of not being able to see the whole jar at once. Since this drawing is hung by thread, it happily turns itself if you move the jar and reveals the back of the drawing.

Jar No 145 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 145 back, May 2011

Adopt-A-Jar

Want to become an extra-special Jar Fan? Click here to learn more about how to adopt a jar on your birthday or another special day.