Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jar No 180

Jar No 180
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 180, June 2011

Jar No 180 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 180 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Paper, thread
Released into wild: 29/6/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Richard on 26/7/11

Comments:

“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.”
Junichiro Tanizaki

Jar No 180 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 180 close up, June 2011


Jar No 179

Jar No 179
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 179, June 2011

Jar No 179 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 179 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Ink drawing & pinholes
Released into wild: 28/6/11 at 23.40
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 2/7/11

Comments:

Some jars are fairly quick to make. Others – like this one – take longer.

Jar No 179 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 179 close up, June 2011

I already had the drawing but adding the pinholes took so long that I did it in three separate sessions over the space of several weeks.


The exciting journey of Jar No 146

Jar No 146 has been on quite the adventure.

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

It was first found by Sarah, who said that she was going to release it. She clearly did because it was then found by Christina…

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

Number on lid of jar: 146

Your name (optional): Christina Biggs

Date jar found (optional): 16/06/2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I was dealing with the recyling outside my house and thought I should
put it in with the other jars – but then saw the beautiful
craftmanship and didn’t want to – then saw the writing on the lid! But
it’s too nice to keep – I’ll go for a walk now and release it again.
Thank you for a lovely moment!

Where is the jar now? (optional): I’m going to release it in Clifton
Village, in a park somewhere.

Thank you for not throwing the jar away, Christina!

Round 3

After being released for a second time by Christina, it was found and reported a third time.

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

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

Number on lid of jar: 146

Your name (optional): Kate, Emma and Alex

Date jar found (optional): 18 June

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I spotted this when i was doing the school run and running late as
usual! I’d turned round to hurry Alex along and spotted it under a
chair in the graveyard. I was excited to find it (as was Alex who
would not let it go and proudly showed everyone at school!) because
I’d seen your website earlier in the year and hoped id spot one.
Thank you we love it and will now look for some more!

Where is the jar now? (optional): on my shelves!

So has its journey ended or will it go travelling again?


Jar No 178

Jar No 178
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 178, June 2011

Jar No 178 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 178 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 27/6/11 at 21.03
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Today’s jar took a trip to The Relaxation Centre. I don’t know if it relaxed but it certainly got its picture taken in a steamy changing room, which made for a dramatic jar pose.

Jar No 178 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 178 close up, June 2011

While I was placing the jar, my friend, Zoe pointed out this incredible tree right above it.

Beautiful tree
Kirsty Hall: Jar No178, June 2011

I was so intent on taking photos that I hadn’t noticed it at all. It was a good reminder that I sometimes get mired in the details and just need to look up and see the bigger picture.

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Jar No 177

Jar No 177
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 177, June 2011

Jar No 177 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 177 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Brown paper, nettle yarn, thread
Released into wild: 26/6/11 at 23.53
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 24/8/11 (ish) after nearly three months in the wild

Comments:

“It takes days of practice to learn the art of sauntering. Commonly we stride through the out-of-doors too swiftly to see more than the most obvious and prominent things. For observing nature, the best pace is a snail’s pace.”
Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons

Jar No 177 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 177 close up, June 2011


A new finder & a long lost jar

Jar No 162

Jar No 162
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 162, June 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 162

Your name (optional): Erin Trezise

Date jar found (optional): June 19, 2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
After visiting the zoo my boyfriend saw it perched on the wall, and
thought we should check it out

Where is the jar now? (optional): Here on our mantle at the moment

Congrats on finding Jar No 162, Erin. I’m amazed it lasted 8 days in the wild because I thought it was fairly out in the open but obviously other people aren’t as eagle-eyed as you and your boyfriend.


Jar No 77

Wow, Jar No 77 was out in the wild for ages – just over three months – but it’s finally been found.

Jar No 77
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 77, March 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 77

Your name (optional): Theo’s sister Milly

Date jar found (optional): 21st June

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
We were walking home from school a slightly different route from
usual. Over the road I spotted a good spot for a jar so I went to
have a look. Mummy thought I was teasing when I shouted “I found
one!” I really like this jar, I thought it looked like beans at first
but on the website I saw it’s really rice in jelly! And Theo has a
friend called Matthew who lives on that road, so I wonder if it was
him who said hello to you?

Where is the jar now? (optional): At the moment it’s by me but it’s
going to go on the mantelpiece with its relatives.

Well done, Milly! I love that your whole family is getting so good at recognising potential jar spots – you’re really tuning in to how I think. I suspect you’ll all be automatically thinking ‘ooh, that’s a good jar spot’ long after the project has finished.


Another two for Allison

Jar No 142

Jar No 142
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 142, May 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 142

Your name (optional): Allison

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I’ve been out of action for a while, so I couldn’t register this
before. This is my fifth jar and my favourite. It’s so BOUNCY. I love
tapping it to make it move.

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


Allison is right, Jar No 142 is incredibly bouncy and a lot of fun to play with.

Jar No 115

Ah, the mystery of Jar No 115

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

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

Number on lid of jar: 115

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): today

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I’m back in the game!

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

I had previously received word from Mark The Intrepid Jar Hunter that he’d found Jar No 115 and then Allison reported having found it too. Mark confirmed by email that he definitely has this jar in his possession, so I’m baffled.

I suspect what has happened is either that Allison has misread the number on the lid or, even more likely, I’ve accidentally written ‘Jar No 115’ on two jar lids.

Allison, I don’t have your email address, so if you read this can you please check your jar against the Flickr pool and let me know which jar you found.

EDITED TO ADD: Allison kindly let me know in the comments that it was actually Jar No 155 that she found.


Jar No 176

Jar No 176
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 176, June 2011

Jar No 176 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 176 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Ink drawing on envelope
Released into wild: 25/6/11 at 23.51
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Spotted by Allison on 28/6/11 but she has several jars so generously left it for someone else to find. Found by Theo on 10/7/11

Comments:

A bright yellow clue…

Traffic cone
Kirsty Hall: Traffic cone, June 2011

…leads to this jauntily-angled drawing.

Jar No 176 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 176 close up, June 2011

And finally I’m all caught up with the jar posts – phew! Of course, I’ve still got a whole slew of submitted jar forms to post but I’m breathing easier now. I hated being that far behind with the blogging and will try not to let it happen again (whilst acknowledging that I’m only human & going through a lot right now, so it’s not the end of the world if it does).


Jar No 175

Jar No 175
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 175, June 2011

Jar No 175 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 175 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Ink and pencil drawing
Released into wild: 24/6/11 at 23.52
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Jar No 175 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 175 close up, June 2011

I had a delightful encounter on this jar walk. As I left my house, I saw a young couple foraging in a hedge opposite. They were still there when I returned, the man had climbed up onto the wall to reach the higher branches. There was something wonderful about seeing them unselfconsciously gathering fruit in the dark.

I couldn’t resist walking over to see what they were finding: it was small greengages, not entirely ripe but apparently delicious. They gave me a couple, which are currently softening up in my fruit bowl.

Just another odd moment of Jar Walk magic.


Jar No 174

Jar No 174
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 174, June 2011

Jar No 174 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 174 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Wax & thread
Released into wild: 23/6/11 at 23.54
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s sister, Milly on 11/8/11

Comments:

“In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you love?
How deeply did you learn to let go?”
The Buddha

This strange object was from the precursor to 365 Jars. In March 2009, I did a month-long experimental studio project where I made a small object no larger than 10cm square every day.

Jar No 174 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 174 close up, June 2011

This was the first of the objects that I made during that unnamed project. I’ve resisted using any of them in the jars until this week, when it suddenly felt right to start letting them go.

Jar No 174 close up 02


It is quite astounding to me how much this project is about control and letting go. It’s a very Zen experience, sometimes mired in struggle but there’s a beauty to it too: the jars truly are my greatest teacher this year.

How to help

As you now know, I’m having a difficult time at the moment. I know that some of you are bound to offer, so if you would like to show your support in a practical way, here are several ways that you can help.

You can adopt a jar or leave a donation.

You can tell people about the project on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or in real life. Word of mouth is the main way the project spreads and I’m immensely grateful for all the promotional work my Jar Fans do on my behalf.

You can volunteer to write a press release and send it out to the media for me. Contact me if you’d like to do this.

You can send me materials to use in the jars. Contact me for details of my address.

You can leave a blog comment, which may go unanswered this week but will certainly make me feel loved.

Please know that there is absolutely no obligation to do any of this but it would be appreciated.