Monthly Archives: December 2011

Jar No 348

Jar No 348
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 348, Dec 2011

Jar No 348 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 348 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing over photograph
Released into wild: 28/12/11 at 11.34
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s brother, Max on 29/12/11

Comments:

Picking up the reins of the project after a break of more than a week is a huge relief.

I’d been afraid that I wouldn’t want to restart at all but even though I couldn’t walk far, it felt so good to get out of the house and stretch myself. Despite being more than ready to stop the project, I still love my jars and I got a little flutter of joy when I released this one into the wild.

Jar No 348 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 348 close up, Dec 2011

Moving house at the end of January is a big motivation to get on and finish these last few jars. I definitely need to get the project finished before the house move takes over.

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Jar No 347

Jar No 347
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347, Dec 2011

Jar No 347 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 in situ, Dec 2011

Jar No 347 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Clay, wire
Released into wild: 15/12/11 at 20.53 + 28/12/11 at 11.41
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Siân on 28/12/11

Comments:

This jar had a weird history.

I placed it on my birthday but I wasn’t happy with the photos I’d taken. So when I was walking past on Christmas Eve and spotted that it was still in place, I reclaimed it and took it home for Christmas.

Jar No 347 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 close up, Dec 2011

I rephotographed it and replaced it in its original spot today. This is against the rules but I’m kinda playing fast and loose with the rules at this point.

Jar No 347 close up blurred
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 close up, Dec 2011

Actually, I had intended to take it home, photograph and then take it straight back but in the event, I was far too exhausted by carrying the last minute Christmas groceries. Today is the first day I’ve been able to get out of the house to replace it: this project has been a constant education in my limits and endurance.

Thanks

Many thanks to my brother, Duncan, who kindly left me a jar donation on my birthday with the following words…

“Happy birthday Kirsty. Hope this is useful as you push through to the end of your project. Really enjoyed following this one.”

Isn’t that lovely! Thanks Duncs.

If you’d also like show your appreciation for this year of jars, click here to leave a donation or sponsor a jar.


October jars from Allison

Jar No 281

Jar No 281
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 281, Oct 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 281

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 12th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Sorry, I’m late logging these October jars.

Where is the jar now? (optional): It’s a keeper.

Don’t worry, Allison, I am spectacularly late in blogging them! Well done for finding Jar No 281, how many do you have now?


Jar No 284 and 288

Jar No 284
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 284, Oct 2011

Jar No 288
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 288, Oct 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 284 and 288

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 16th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Finding Jars to re-release.

Have these jars been re-released or sent somewhere yet, Allison?


Jar No 294

Jar No 294
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 294, Oct 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 294

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 25th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
A great jar. So glad I found this one.

Where is the jar now? (optional): In my cloakroom gallery. It’s not as
big as Theo’s, perhaps I should up my game!

I’m glad you found and kept this one, Allison, it’s one of my own favourites.


Jar No 280 and 299

Jar No 280
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 280, Oct 2011

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

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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
280 and 299

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 28th October

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

Where is the jar now? (optional): One to keep and one to re-release.


Catching up with November

Gradually working my way backwards through my submitted jar forms. What, isn’t that what everyone does on Christmas Eve? I am listening to Christmas songs on YouTube at the same time, which obviously makes it properly festive.

Jar No 272

Jar No 272
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 272, Sept 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 272

Your name (optional): rupert small

Date jar found (optional): about a month ago

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
i was collecting (actually stealing) figs and saw a jar with a picture
in. my first impression was that it was some kind of anonymous
present, for anyone to take. so i reached up and grabbed it, before i
realised the mission statement on the lid. i liked the mission
statement (a bit, not too much), so i took the jar home. its also a
big ego-stroker: i’m one of 365 of 7 billion! wow!

Where is the jar now? (optional): BS8 1QT

I love that Rupert recognised how special and rare it is to find a jar. It’s especially tough to find a jar when you’re a new person because there’s such competition from my elite cadre of regulars.

I’m not clear from this form whether Rupert has kept Jar No 272 or if he’s re-released it at the post code mentioned. It might be worth taking a look around that area if you’re a jar hunter.


Jar No 310

Jar No 310
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 310, Nov 2011

The little froggie jar took a bit of finding. According to his wife, Siân, it took Toby two goes to find it…

“Toby went back and had a better look and 310 was there after all. He says it was well buried in the leaf litter. Lovely jar!”


An update from Ruth

I also heard from Ruth Churchman back in November.

Ruth is a regular reader and found two of the jars that I released up in Scotland. She re-released Jar No 100 in Newcastle ages ago and recently went back to check on it.

Jar No 100
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 100, April 2011

Ruth wrote:

“I went past the spot in Newcastle I released Jar No. 100, and it has definitely gone.

I came down to Bristol briefly in August for a friend’s wedding, sorry didn’t get in touch, time was tight. I had brought down Jar No. 99 and left it with my brother, Ian, in Brighton (Hove actually) so he could release it there for the Big Jar Adventure, however you beat him to it, and he’s looking out for a friend to send it to in another city.

So now I am jarless!! I brought the jar down with me, with a misguided confidence that I could easily find a jar to replace it in Clifton on my visit. I popped into Clifton with my friend Amanda (finder of jar no. 98), and wandered all around the area you live, and the central area rummaging behind walls, under hedges, by railings, but no luck 🙁 I did manage to buy some wool and lovely buttons in Clifton though, and had coffee and cake in the cafe attached to the deli there, lovely. I’m trying to do some long distance jar hunting, and worked out where the Mary Poppins graffiti is in Lewes, and have instructed my brother to go find it, but he hasn’t got around to it, I guess he just hasn’t got the jar hunting bug, like me. I would so love a knitting related jar, and would keep it forever. On a knitting note, I have just released my 1st knitting pattern, thought as an experienced knitter you might like
it – wrote a blog post about the design.

Glad the project is still continuing, I realise what a challenge it’s been. Well done, you’re nearly there!
love
Ruth”

Ah lucky you, Ruth, sounds like you visited The Arch House Deli, which is my favourite cafe in Clifton. Thanks for letting me know about your jars, it’s such a shame that Jar No 100 has vanished, I hope someone reports it eventually. Please let me know where Jar No 99 ends up if your brother finds a home for it.


The four latest jar finds

I’m delighted to have been featured on Hyperallergic, New York’s largest art blog. Huge thanks to Philip Hartigan for writing the article, he’s been following the project throughout the year and I really appreciate his critical input and support.

So in case there are any new visitors from that article, I thought I’d better update the blog with the latest jar finds…

Jar No 27

Jar No 27
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 27, Plastic dome stickers + silver film, Jan 2011

Wow, can you believe we’re still seeing jars from January? January!

I was baffled by this form but when I looked up Jar No 27, I remembered that it was found by Nick, who did say that he planned to re-release it. Clearly he did…

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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
27

Your name (optional): Sara Bird

Date jar found (optional): 17.12.2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
It was shiny…

Where is the jar now? (optional): In my house – but I’ll find a new
place for it

Well done for finding such an early jar, Sara, that’s pretty unusual at this point.


Three for Theo

Three in a row for our keen teenage Jar Hunter, Theo.

Jar No 344

Jar No 344
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 344, Dec 2011

Jar No 345
Jar No 345
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 345, Dec 2011

Jar No 346
Jar No 346
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 346, Dec 2011

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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
344, 345, 346

Your name (optional): Theo

Date jar found (optional): 15 dec

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
jar hunting on the first day of the holidays

Where is the jar now? (optional): on the sideboard

Thanks for letting me know, Theo. Perhaps you’ll find some of the older lost jars over the holidays.


I am ill

Hey my darling Jar Fans, just a quick heads up that I’m having a bad ME/CFS flare-up brought on by sheer exhaustion. To avoid making myself worse, I’ve made an executive decision to take a short break and not make or walk any jars until after Christmas.

In the meantime, I hope to get caught up with the jar submission forms but I’m not making any promises because my health has to come first.

Allison confesses

Remember the North Bristol Arts Trail mystery? Allison has admitted that she was our culprit.


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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
137, 279, 285, 303, 309, 315, 319, 324

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 13.7.11, 7.10.11, 6.11.11, 6.11.11,
6.11.11, 13.7.11, 24.11.11, 24.11.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
OK. It was me. 8 jars released at the arts trail. I had fun! I also
hoped they would get re-released. 137 was found in its original
location, it had fallen behind the wall!

Where is the jar now? (optional): Scattered around North Bristol.


Jar No 137
Jar No 137
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 137, May 2011

I knew Jar No 137 was missing but I didn’t know that Allison had found it, so I’m delighted that it’s turned up again. Allison must have really hunted for this one: I’m imagining her sprawled over the wall rummaging in the garden. I wonder how many missing jars have just fallen off their walls?


Jar No 279
Jar No 279
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 279, Oct 2011

Another jar that I knew was missing and that I’m pleased to see again.


Jar No 285

Jar No 285
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 285, Oct 2011

No word on Jar No 285, has anyone found it?


Jar No 303
Jar No 303
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 303, Oct 2011

Jar No 303 was the first jar to be reported from the arts trail. I’m still not sure if this one was collected or just spotted.

Jar No 309

Jar No 309
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 309, Nov 2011

I wasn’t sure about Jar No 309 because it was reported by two other people but Allison definitely found it where it was originally hidden.

Yes I can confirm that I found jar 309 under the traffic cone on Nov 6th and rereleased it on Nov 26th at the art trail. I’m sorry that I didn’t keep a record of each venue I released a jar in. It was all a bit cloak and dagger, but very exciting! I hope they all get logged.

Looking at the dates, it’s clear now that the two finders mentioned here, must have found it at the art trail. Guthrie obviously found it on the 5th December, not the 5th November as he accidentally wrote on his form. I didn’t realise that this jar was an art trail find until Allison told me that she’d released it.


Jar No 315
Jar No 315
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 315, Nov 2011

No jar forms in for Jar No 315, so perhaps it’s still lurking either in an artist’s house or somewhere around the trail. Imagine how odd it would be if it is in an artist’s house and they just haven’t noticed it yet – it would freak me out if I found it weeks later and had no idea how it got into my house!


Jar No 319
Jar No 319
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 319, Nov 2011

Jar No 319 was found by Jenny and is currently residing in her kitchen where she’s storing her spare change in it!


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

Jar No 324 was spotted at the arts trail by Sherwin but seems to be missing again.


Altogether that makes four of Allison’s eight releases that were either found or spotted, I hope the rest reappear.


Jar No 346

Jar No 346
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 346, Dec 2011

Jar No 346 side view
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 346 side view, Dec 2011

Jar No 346 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 346 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing and glaze pen
Released into wild: 14/12/11 at 23.54
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo, who is on a holiday roll – he found 3 jars on 15/12/11

Comments:

I’m a little stunned to realise that I have less than 20 jars left to make. I was starting to feel that the project would go on forever but here we are staggering towards the finishing line.

Jar No 346 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 346 close up, Dec 2011

Of course, the project will carry on into 2012; I’ve got two holiday jars to make for the first two days of the year and there are bound to be several months of ongoing jar reports. And I do have ideas for developing the project in the future but I plan to have a break before I do anything new with it. Apart from anything else, I have two house moves and a wedding to organise next year!

Jar No 346 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 346 close up, Dec 2011

It will be strange not to be making and walking jars every day but I am looking forward to stopping – the daily making has been incredibly intense and I am deeply exhausted.


Jar No 345

Jar No 345
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 345, Dec 2011

Jar No 345 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 345 in situ, Dec 2011

Jar No 345 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 345 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Red ink drawing, crocheted thread
Released into wild: 13/12/11 at 23.51
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo on 15/12/11

Comments:

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

In this case, the drawing came first…

Jar No 345 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 345 close up, Dec 2011

…and the crochet was a response to it.

Jar No 345 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 345 close up, Dec 2011

I always enjoy playing back and forth between two mediums like that.


Jar No 344

Jar No 344
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 344, Dec 2011

Jar No 344 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 344 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Black and silver ink drawing over monoprint
Released into wild: 12/12/11 at 23.59
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo on 15/12/11

Comments:

It was a dirty, nasty night on Monday. The following morning I got a quick email from Theo’s mum, Siân.

“I was out last night, the weather was filthy. I thought of you – if you bothered to go out you are definitely a better person than me!”

I did indeed go out in the wind and the rain but I must confess, I didn’t go very far.

Jar No 344 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 344 close up, Dec 2011

Jar No 344 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 344 close up, Dec 2011

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