Monthly Archives: October 2011

Jar No 302

Jar No 302
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 302, Oct 2011

Jar No 302 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 302 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Ink and pencil drawing
Released into wild: 29/10/11 at 23.50
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

The project is all about stories.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 302 close up, Oct 2011

It’s the stories that I tell on this blog and the comments you leave in response. It’s the budding relationships I’m developing with my regular Jar Hunters. It’s the emails I get from around the world telling me that the project has inspired someone.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 302 close up, Oct 2011

Although I work hard to make the jars beautiful, thought-provoking and intriguing objects in their own right, I also see them as simply the excuse that let’s us have this conversation.

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This project is not publicly funded: I rely on the generosity of people like you to keep it going. Your donations make a huge difference.

If money is tight, you can still help by telling your friends about the project on Facebook, Twitter or your blog.

Jar No 301

Jar No 301
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 301, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 301 in situ, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 301 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Glaze pen drawing
Released into wild: 28/10/11 at 23.55
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s little brother Max on 30/10/11

Comments:

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape, and to follow a route is to accept an interpretation, or to stalk your predecessors on it as scholars and trackers and pilgrims do. To walk the same way is to reiterate something deep; to move through the same space the same way is a means of becoming the same person, thinking the same thoughts.
Rebecca Stonit from Wanderlust: A History Of Walking

I love researching my projects, so reading a book on the history of walking made perfect sense. It was a bit of a slog in places but I mostly enjoyed Soinit’s exploration of walking as a cultural activity. I was particularly interested in the subversive, political nature of walking through marches and the reclaiming of private spaces by the rambling movement.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 301 close up, Oct 2011

Even though my walks are short at the moment due to my precarious health, the discipline and regularity of walking the same streets matters to me. Ritual is a basic building block of my art and the walks definitely fall into that category: when I’m walking, I often feel like a quiet, invisible pilgrim.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 301 close up, Oct 2011


Jar No 300

Jar No 300
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 300 front, Oct 2011

Jar No 300 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 300 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Photographs
Released into wild: 27/10/11 at 23.50
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Rupert Small, re-released by him in Bristol in May 2013

Comments:

I think this is the first time I’ve used someone else’s art in the jars but I just couldn’t resist it.

I took these photographs on a Jar Walk up in Hebden Bridge back in June. I love this bold, confident graffiti, particularly the surreal labeling inside the monster’s eyes.

Jar No 300 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 300 back, Oct 2011

A handy arrow points the way to this jar…

Red arrow sticker
Kirsty Hall: Red arrow sticker, Oct 2011

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Jar No 299

Jar No 299
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 299, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 299 in situ, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 299 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Paper, pinholes
Released into wild: 26/10/11 at 23.58
Status: Found by Allison on 28/10/11

Comments:

A small subtle jar…

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 299 close up, Oct 2011

…until you move it in the light.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 299 close up, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 299 close up, Oct 2011


Extra clues for a damp Saturday

It’s grey and wet out there but that doesn’t stop my regular Jar Hunters, so here are a few extra clues for some older jars…

Jar No 118

Jar No 118 was released over in Easton. But is it still there?

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

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

Jar No 118 extra clue


Jar No 143

I’ve always thought Jar No 143 was rather lovely, so I hope it’s still out there waiting to be found. If you want to go searching for this one, you’ll need to take a trip up to Horfield.

Jar No 143
Kirsty Hall: Jar 143, No May 2011

Jar No 143 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar 143 in situ, No May 2011

Jar No 143 extra clue 01

Jar No 143 extra clue 02


Jar No 152

Is Jar No 152 still lurking in Clifton?

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 152 in situ, June 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 152 in situ, June 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 152 in situ, June 2011

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Kirsty Hall: house near Jar No 152, June 2011

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Kirsty Hall: house near Jar No 152, June 2011

Jar No 153

Jar No 153 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 153 in situ, June 2011

Jar No 153 was released in central Bristol, in front of this fairly distinctive backdrop.

Jar No 153 extra clue
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 153 in situ, June 2011

ETA: Theo’s family tell me they went to search for this one and it’s definitely gone.

Jar No 158

Another Clifton jar – is Jar No 158 still hiding in honeysuckle?

Jar No 158 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 158 in situ, June 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 158 in situ, June 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 158 in situ, June 2011

ETA: Oops – apparently Theo found this one some time ago but either he forgot to report it or I forgot to add it to my databases.


Extra Hebden Bridge clues

Last week, I was asked for extra clues for the remaining Hebden Bridge jars, so here they are. As usual, I have no idea if these jars are still in the wild, they may already have been found but they certainly haven’t been reported.

Jar No 169

Jar No 169 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 169 in situ, June 2011

Jar No 169 was released in June but who knows, it could still be hiding out in the woods.

Start here…

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 169 extra clue, June 2011

…and look for this quiet mossy corner.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 169 extra clue, June 2011


Jar No 170

Jar No 170 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 170 in situ, June 2011

Foolishly, I didn’t take any wider shots of Jar No 170 but if you start at the road entrance to the Hebden Bridge railway station, you’re close.


Jar No 226

Jar No 226 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 226 in situ, August 2011

If you can find this blurry bridge (it was getting dark!), you’re in the right general area for Jar No 226.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 226 extra clue, June 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 226 extra clue, June 2011


Jar No 227

Jar No 227 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 227, August 2011

Jar No 227 was in an easy spot, so I’d be surprised if it’s still in place but here’s a wider shot, just in case.

Jar No 227 extra clue
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 227 extra clue, June 2011


If you go hunting these jars but they’re gone, please let me know. Even if they’re missing, I appreciate knowing.


A Jar Tea

Theo’s family kindly invited me to afternoon tea on Tuesday.

You may remember that I accidentally met dad Toby while he was Jar Hunting back in August. Shortly afterwards I met Theo, when he and his dad popped round to deliver a jar of jam a few months ago. But I hadn’t met the rest of the family, so it was great to meet the other three kids – Jacob, Milly and Max – and mum, Siân.

After ham sandwiches and delicious home-made cakes, I got to visit their impressive collection of jars.

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Kirsty Hall: A jar collection, Oct 2011

It was very odd for me to see so many jars together.

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Kirsty Hall: A jar collection, Oct 2011

You see, I have a very linear experience of the jars. I usually make them one at a time and rarely have more than 3 or 4 completed jars in the house at once. Unless I’m having a spate of being unusually organised, most jars are made on the same day that they’re released so my relationship with them ‘in the flesh’ tends to be brief.

So I had never seen this many jars together before and I was impressed at how well they worked as a collection. I was particularly glad that I’d decided to only use jars with gold lids, since it gives them a very coherent look en masse.

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Kirsty Hall: A jar collection, Oct 2011

At this point, the family’s jars have outgrown the mantle piece, so they bought a shelving unit to house the rest of the collection. Now that’s jar dedication!

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Kirsty Hall: The second jar collection, Oct 2011

We counted the jars and we think they’ve got 54 to date. I know where I’m coming if I ever need to exhibit any of the jars! Toby tells me that the kids are hugely possessive about the jars they found, so it’s going to be down to the adults to release a few jars for the Big Jar Adventure.

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Kirsty Hall: The second jar collection, Oct 2011

This second jar gallery is in their downstairs loo. Apparently fellow Jar Hunter, Allison also displays some of her jars in her loo. It makes me laugh that my art has ended up in people’s bathrooms.

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Kirsty Hall: The second jar collection, Oct 2011

The kids have also been inspired to make their own jars.

Kid jars
Kirsty Hall: Jars by Max and Milly, Oct 2011

I liked the sparkly butterfly stickers that Milly used in this jar.

Milly's butterfly jar
Kirsty Hall: Milly’s butterfly jar, Oct 2011

Theo had also made a beautiful jar containing a drawing but sadly I didn’t get a picture of that one.

It was a delightful day – I really enjoyed meeting everyone and we decided that we’d have to get the rest of the regulars together before the end of the year to discuss our mutual jar obsession.


Jar No 298

Jar No 298
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 298, Oct 2011

Jar No 298 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 298 back, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 298 in situ, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 298 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Photograph, ink drawing, text
Released into wild: 25/10/11 at 23.59
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found – appropriately enough – by Toby, Theo’s Dad

Comments:

I spent the afternoon having tea with regular Jar Hunters, Siân, Toby, Jacob, Theo, Milly and Max.

One of the things we talked about was the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which the family had recently visited. It’s my favourite museum in the world and I’ve been going there since I was a baby so I was delighted to hear that they’d enjoyed it as much as I always do.

Amusingly enough, this photo of a cracked pavement was taken just outside the museum on my last visit there, although I didn’t make the connection until after I’d released this jar. These small moments of synchronicity are so pleasing.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 298 close up, Oct 2011

I have a strange affinity with pavements and feel compelled to keep taking pictures of them. It’s something about the patterns and their invisibility. We don’t tend to think about pavements much because they’re so ubiquitous but the invisibility of everyday things always fascinate me. This particular pavement made me think of maps, hence the drawing and the quote.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 298 close up, Oct 2011

The side view is my favourite part of this jar; I like the way the text stands clear of the photo adding more of a 3-D element.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 298 side view, Oct 2011

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Jar No 297

Jar No 297
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 297, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 297 close up, Oct 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 24/10/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo on 26/10/11

Comments:

This should be an easy one for my regulars – there aren’t too many of these proper old-fashioned phone boxes left.

Jar No 297 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 297 in situ, Oct 2011

Push
Kirsty Hall: Push, Oct 2011


Jar No 296

Jar No 296
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 296, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 296 in situ, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 296 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Photograph
Released into wild: 23/10/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

It’s always slightly odd photographing the jars that contain photographs.

Jar No 296 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 296 close up, Oct 2011

It feels like it could become an infinite loop, like two mirrors stretching your image into infinity. I could print this photograph out and keep rephotographing it: a photograph of a photograph of a photograph of a photograph…

Time is running out

Have you been meaning to adopt a jar all year? Don’t miss out – there are only two months before the project ends.

PS. Christmas Day is still free, so why not buy someone a very unusual Christmas present!