Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jar No 208

Jar No 208
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 208, July 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 208 in situ, July 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 208 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Pencil drawing
Released into wild: 27/7/11 at 23.52
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 18/9/11

Comments:

“I was the world in which I walked.”
Wallace Stevens, Tea at the Palaz of Hoon

My world is dark at the moment, so my many recent late night Jar Walks feel decidedly appropriate.

Jar No 208 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 208 close up, July 2011

I enjoy the quiet and the sense of secrecy that envelops me at night. Although I must look quite peculiar, perhaps even sinister, taking photographs in the dark.


Extra Leeds clues

None of the three jars I released in Leeds back in May have been reported. Are they still there? Who wants to go on a Jar Hunt to find out?

Jar No 126
I have a soft spot for Jar No 126, so I’m sad that it’s never been reported.

Jar No 126 side view
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 126 side view, May 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 126 extra clue, May 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 126 extra clue, May 2011

Jar No 127

Jar No 127
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 127, May 2011

Jar No 127 was released in Chapel Allerton, near this very special bakery.

Sunshine Bakery
Kirsty Hall: Sunshine Bakery, May 2011

Even if you don’t find a jar, you should pop in for a cake!

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 127 extra clue, May 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 127 extra clue, May 2011

Jar No 128

Jar No 128 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 128 front, May 2011

I can’t imagine that Jar No 128 is still there but hey, you never know…

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 128 extra clue, May 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 128 extra clue, May 2011

As usual, I have no idea if any of these jars are still in place, so I can’t promise you a jar but the walking and hunting is fun.


Jar No 207

Jar No 207
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 207, July 2011

Jar No 207 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 207 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Hipstamatic photograph
Released into wild: 26/7/11 at 20.23
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 27/7/11, a day after release

Comments:

It was such a relief to do a Jar Walk whilst it was still light. I’d almost forgotten how it felt.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 207 close up, July 2011

I’ve been going through a rotten patch with my illness lately but I think – fingers crossed – that I’m slowly coming out of it. My strength is improving and I managed to walk a bit further last night than I have in weeks.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 207 close up, July 2011

Hopefully I’ll soon have enough energy to make extra jars. It’s all been very ‘skin of my teeth’ for weeks and I don’t enjoy that, it makes the project much more stressful.

Honestly, if I wasn’t such a stubborn person, I’d probably have given up over the last month. But once you’re past a certain point with a project like this, it takes on a momentum of its own and giving up becomes almost inconceivable. Of course, I know it’s theoretically possible for me to give up but things would have to be utterly unbearable for me to do that.

Help the project

This project has effectively become my full time job this year. If you value what I do, please donate or adopt a jar to help sustain the project.


Many jars

Theo’s mum kindly let me know that they are planning to re-release some of their jars for The Big Jar Adventure. However, apparently deciding which jars to give away involves UN levels of negotiation because everyone in their six-person family has different favourites. Good luck deciding, you guys.

In the meantime, they keep finding jars…

Jar No 203

Jar No 203 was an easy one but I just couldn’t resist placing the gold next to the beautiful purple clematis flowers.

Jar No 203 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 203 in situ, July 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 203

Your name (optional): Theo’s little brother Max

Date jar found (optional): 23rd June

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I was with Theo and Milly and Mummy, we were walking through the
village and as we turned a corner I spotted a jar! Mummy had to reach
for it – it was up high (she nearly couldn’t reach it either). Theo
spotted it at almost the same time as me and we both shouted “Jar!”
Mummy said this was really well spotted as there wasn’t even a clue to
look out for yet!

Where is the jar now? (optional): In the kitchen, it will probably
head for the mantelpiece later.

Theo’s Dad had a good jar day on the 18th – he found two sequential jars.

Jar No 197

Jar No 197
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 197, July 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 197

Your name (optional): Theo’s dad

Date jar found (optional): 18/07/11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I was walking the dogs and just saw it! Love the oil ‘rainbow’.

Where is the jar now? (optional): Snuggled with the others


Jar No 198

Jar No 198
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 198, July 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 198

Your name (optional): Theo’s dad

Date jar found (optional): 18/07/11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
After the success of 197 I had a look at your flikr pics and thought I
knew where that one was as well, and there it was. I really love this
one, it looks like an insect floating upside down in water. Well
that’s what I see!

Where is the jar now? (optional): Snuggled with the others

Even more jars

The family also found Jar No 176, Jar No 184 & Jar No 187 back on July 10th.

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

Jar No 184
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 184, July 2011

Jar No 187
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 187, July 2011

Jar No 187 had a particularly exciting adventure after it was spotted by Theo’s mum at a rather inopportune moment…

“Milly & I were on our way to the Downs to run the Race for Life when we spotted this jar, 187. I recognised the railings and we were hoping that Theo and his dad and brothers would turn up to cheer us on early in the race. In which case I would have handed them the jar. Sadly they didn’t see us until we’d finished! So jar 187 ran the Race for Life with me! All the way! Milly ran non stop in 35 minutes which I think is brilliant as she is nine years old.”

Look, my jar not only ran a race, it even got a medal!

This project cracks me up sometimes.


Jar No 206

Jar No 206
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 206, July 2011

Jar No 206 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 206 in situ, July 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 206 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Paper yarn, knots and card
Released into wild: 25/7/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by a mystery finder on 14/8/11

Comments:

Someone asked me on Twitter how I avoid repeating myself.

In truth, I do repeat forms and ideas on the project, as you can see over on the Flick set. Sometimes this is from lack of inspiration but often it’s because I’m trying to figure out an idea and I’m trying variations until I feel I’ve cracked it.

I’ve made several jars exploring this ‘paper yarn through paper’ technique but with this one, I finally felt satisfied. There is something pleasing and ‘right’ about the shadows cast by the paper yarn and the way the jar itself reflects extra patterns onto the card.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 206 close up, July 2011


Jar No 205

Jar No 205
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 205, July 2011

Jar No 205 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 205 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Cut paper
Released into wild: 24/7/11 at 23.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison’s friend, George on 23/9/11

Comments:

After making this jar, I have an increased appreciation for artists like Peter Callesen and Bovey Lee who cut paper – it’s really blooming difficult!

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 205 close up, July 2011


Jar No 204

Jar No 204
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 204, July 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 204 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 23/7/11 at 23.55
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Max on 11/8/11

Comments:

John Lennon said that life was what happened to us while we were busy making other plans. That’s how the project feels to me right now, it’s in the background, trundling away while my life churns in flux around it.

This jar was drawn during a deep conversation about the past and the future but life goes on and jars need to happen.

Jar No 204 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 204 close up, July 2011

P.S. If you accidentally shoot with flash through a leaf, you get an awesome green jar!

Jar No 204 in situ 02

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Jar No 203

Jar No 203
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 203, July 2011

Jar No 203 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 203 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Gold leaf, glue, thread, paper
Released into wild: 22/7/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s little brother Max on 23/7/11

Comments:

This one was tricky to photograph since the inside is covered in dried glue, which refracts the light and makes focus difficult.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 203 close up, July 2011

Sometimes the jars need time to develop. I did the gold leaf part at the start of the year but always felt the jar needed something more (because gaudy gold leaf just wasn’t enough!) I tried various options but finally it was this simple string of rough paper ovals that worked.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 203 thread and paper string, July 2011

My teenage son is currently exploring his creativity – check out his music – so we’ve been having lots of conversations about the creative process. I was talking to him about my thoughts on ‘composting’ and how reflection and ‘sitting with it’ is a vital part of my process.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember this with the jars. Because there’s such pressure to create every single day, it can be hard to trust that a jar that isn’t working will finally come together. As ever, trust is crucial in the project.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 203 close up, July 2011


Jar No 202

Jar No 202
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 202, July 2011

Jar No 202 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 202 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Silver wire
Released into wild: 21/7/11 at 23.59
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Richard on 26/7/11

Comments:

This must be the latest jar: this jar was placed with 7 seconds to go. Seriously Kirsty, seven seconds? What on earth are you playing at? I’ve got to stop coming in so close to the deadline,

Jar No 202 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 202 close up, July 2011

But hey, it’s nearly the end of July & after 202 jars, I’ve still not missed a single midnight deadline. So really that’s the thing I should focus on, rather than berating myself for being so close to the wire lately.


Jar No 201

Jar No 201
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 201, July 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 201 in situ, July 2011

Contents: Brown paper, nettle yarn
Released into wild: 20/7/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Richard on 26/7/11

Comments:

No secret message in this particular scroll, I was purely interested in the sculptural form that scrolls take.

Jar No 201 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 201 close up, July 2011

As you should know by now, I can rarely resist knots so I was thrilled to find such a perfect echo of the jar in the wrapped, knotted telegraph pole.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 201 in situ, July 2011