Monthly Archives: November 2011

Jar No 330

Jar No 330
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 330, Nov 2011

Jar No 330 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 330 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 330 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 330 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Paper, pencil, burning
Released into wild: 27/11/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Milly & Siรขn on 1/1/12

Comments:

This was an exciting jar to make.

I cut this translucent paper to size about a week ago and the jar has been sitting on my desk while I thought about it. I used pencil for drawing because I wanted a softer look than my usual ink. But it just wasn’t singing; it needed something more. Suddenly I remembered the burning technique I used on Jar No 80 way back in March.

Jar No 330 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 330 close up, Nov 2011

I was expecting the paper to catch fire as Jar No 80 did but instead, to my surprise, it scorched and audibly popped, creating little white bubbles. I guess the paper has more than one layer or some kind of coating that reacted to the heat.

You can see here how much the heat distorted the paper.

Jar No 330 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 330 close up, Nov 2011

With Jar No 80, the flame was in charge but this time, I had far more control and was able to draw with the flame to a much greater degree.

And as with all the translucent jars, this one is particularly ethereal when lit from behind.

Jar No 330 close up 03


Jar No 329

Jar No 329 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 329 back, Nov 2011

Jar No 329 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 329 front, Nov 2011

Jar No 329 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 329 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 329 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 329 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Cut paper
Released into wild: 26/11/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

This is the same paper that I used in Jar No 326. I couldn’t resist having another go with it because it’s so very shiny.

I enjoy the contrast between the sedate, restrained back…

Jar No 329 close up 05

…and the outrageously camp front.

Jar No 329 close up 02

It’s like a nun in frilly knickers!


Jar No 328

Jar No 328
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 328, Nov 2011

Jar No 328 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 328 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 328 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 328 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Paper, glue
Released into wild: 25/11/11 at 23.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

This one is cut and glued paper. It started out as a doodle I drew on the back of an envelope while I was eating my dinner but I knew it would benefit from more solidity and physicality.

Jar No 328 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 328 close up, Nov 2011

So many of the jars explore this lifelong obsession with the idea of 3-D drawings in space.

Jar No 328 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 328 close up, Nov 2011

It’s something that’s interested me since I was a teeny-tiny, newbie art student on my Foundation course in Carlisle (which is a staggering 20 years ago now). I’m not sure that it will ever go away: the urge to hang things and draw lines in space remains strong with me.

Yes please!

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Jar No 327

Jar No 327 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 327 front, Nov 2011

Jar No 327 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 327 back, Nov 2011

Jar No 327 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 327 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 25/11/11 at 00.04
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

“You know the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip sliding away”
Paul Simon

Yep, sadly this is another late jar.

Things are slipping away from me: the project feels like sand in my fingers. I’m behind with blogging and so swamped by the admin and jar reports that catching up feels impossibly daunting. And right now, just making and walking the jars is pushing me to my limits.

Jar No 327 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 327 close up, Nov 2011

I’ve definitely bitten off way more than I can chew this year. This project would be tough for anyone and it was always going to be an especially big challenge for me because of my chronic illness. Add in the unexpected break-up and the imminent house move and I’ve been pushed completely over the edge.

Jar No 327 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 327 close up, Nov 2011

But I don’t regret doing the jar project for one minute – oh OK, maybe the odd minute here or there! – but overall, I’m glad I took on such a ambitious challenge.

Jar No 327 close up 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 327 close up, Nov 2011

It feels better to have stretched, struggled and mostly succeeded rather than never trying in the first place.


Jar No 326

Jar No 326
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 326, Nov 2011

Jar No 326 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 326 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Cut paper
Released into wild: 23/11/11 at 23.55
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Milly & Theo’s dad on 25/11/11

Comments:

This one was fiddly and took ages but it was worth the effort.

Jar No 326 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 326 close up, Nov 2011

Why go with straightforward geometry when you can have geometry with bling?

Jar No 326 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 326 close up, Nov 2011

Although I must admit, I didn’t realise quite how fabulously iridescent this origami paper was until I started photographing it.

Jar No 326 close up 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 326 close up, Nov 2011


Jar No 325

Jar No 325
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 325, Nov 2011

Jar No 325 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 325 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 22/11/11 at 23.55
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

This drawing reminded me of Mario Brothers. See, these are the kind of deep things I think about when I’m making art. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jar No 325 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 325 close up, Nov 2011

Can you spot the little mouse?

Jar No 325 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 325 in situ, Nov 2011

I didn’t notice it when I was photographing this jar, so it was an amusing surprise when I edited the photos. In case you can’t pick it out in the photo above, here’s the embiggened version.

Surprise mouse
Kirsty Hall: Surprise mouse, Nov 2011

I hope it wasn’t caught by the pair of foxes that I spotted a few moments after placing the jar. It never ceases to amaze me just how rich in wildlife Clifton is.

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Jar No 324

Jar No 324
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 324, Nov 2011

Jar No 324 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 324 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing, thread
Released into wild: 21/11/11 at 23.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here. Spotted at the North Bristol Art Trail but now missing again.

Comments:

I don’t know about you but this jar makes me think of candy…

Jar No 324 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 324 close up, Nov 2011


Jar No 323

Jar No 323
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 323, Nov 2011

Jar No 323 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 323 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 323 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 323 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 20/11/11 at 23.59*
*This jar was photographed after midnight because I had to wait for someone to walk past but I checked on my phone & it was definitely placed before the deadline, so I’m not counting this as a late jar
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

“Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.”
Thomas A. Edison

Right now – with a sneezy cold, a looming house move and a serious bout of ME/CFS exhaustion – I would dearly like to just stop this project.

I feel like crawling under the blankets and sleeping for about three months (wake me up in the spring!) But since hibernation is sadly not an option, I’m carrying on. Besides, having less than 50 jars to go spurs me on.

Jar No 323 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 323 close up, Nov 2011

And even this late in the game, I am still capable of making jars that I dearly love. Although I normally prefer the more 3-D jars, this drawing is one of my personal favourites.

Jar No 323 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 323 close up, Nov 2011

Thanks

Huge thanks to the lovely Jude Spacks, who donated to the project over the weekend. Thanks Jude, it’s much appreciated.

If you’d like to help, click here to find out how to sponsor a jar or donate the amount of your choosing.


Jar No 322

Jar No 322
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 322, Nov 2011

Jar No 322 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 322 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 322 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 322 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Paper, glue
Released into wild: 19/11/11 at 23.52
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

This jar started out as a regular drawing but I quickly changed to cut paper because I wanted a purer, more matt black than I could get with pen.

Jar No 322 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 322 close up, Nov 2011

I think the cut paper makes for a more interesting jar.

Jar No 322 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 322 close up, Nov 2011

This jar had a rather creepy Jar Walk. I don’t often get spooked when I’m walking at night but I’d had a nightmare while napping and was decidedly jittery afterwards. This wasn’t helped by walking out into beautiful but eerie fog and immediately seeing a police car parked outside my house.

I captured some beautiful pictures though…

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Kirsty Hall: Foggy Clifton, Nov 2011

Foggy Clifton 02
Kirsty Hall: Foggy Clifton, Nov 2011


Jar No 321

Jar No 321
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 321, Nov 2011

Jar No 321 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 321 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Photograph, text on paper, thread
Released into wild: 18/11/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Wait, what happened to the 17th November?

Well, I took a day off. The first of the year. I needed a day off so badly that I didn’t even feel guilty about it. I was utterly exhausted, so I invoked Rule No. 19:

In the event of the artist falling ill and being hospitalised or bedridden, a substitute walker will be nominated.
ETA: In the event of a long or serious illness, the project can last longer than a year but 365 jars will still eventually be released (25/3/11)

Strictly speaking it wasn’t a serious illness, but I do have M.E/CFS and I’m currently in a crash, so I think that counts. And hey, my project, my rules. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of the things I’ve learnt from this year is that doing this sort of intensive project without scheduling in holiday days is sheer madness and not something I wish to repeat.

But I got back on the jar horse the very next day with Jar No 321.

Jar No 321 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 321 close up, Nov 2011

I did consider taking a longer break but I don’t want the project to stretch too far into January because then it would clash with the house move and that would be A Very Bad Thing.