Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jar No 354

Jar No 354 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 354 front, Jan 2012

Jar No 354 side
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 354 side, Jan 2012

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 354 in situ, Jan 2012

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 354 in situ, Jan 2012

Contents: Knotted thread, paper
Released into wild: 9/1/12 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

“Does the road wind uphill all the way? Yes, to the very end. Will the journey take the whole long day? From morn to night my friend.” Christina Rossetti

This project has indeed been a long road and I’m staggering on the last few steps.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 354 close up, Jan 2012

January was a health disaster area for me; I was down with a virus that thoroughly outstayed its welcome and I’m still feeling the after effects. I managed one or two jars though, including this one. It feels horrible to have ‘failed’ right at the end of the project but I am trying to focus on the 351 jars that I did manage to make and walk during 211, not the final 14 that defeated me.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 354 close up, Jan 2012

Thankfully, I now have only four jars left to make and walk (and a lot of blogging to catch up on!) and then my long uphill journey will finally be done.


Jar No 353

Jar No 353
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 353, Jan 2012

Jar No 353 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 353 in situ, Jan 2012

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 353 in situ, Jan 2012

Contents: Ink drawing, red sand
Released into wild: 8/1/12 at 16.45
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of the coloured sand that I bought early last year.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 353 close up, Jan 2012

It’s great for adding a base to the jars. I use it to hold objects in place; to partially cover objects or just to obscure the bottom of the jar and add more colour as it’s doing here.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 353 close up, Jan 2012

Of course, you don’t have to use fancy-schmancy coloured sand. When I visited Theo and his family, I was interested to see that the kids had used dried couscous, rice and red lentils in some of the jars they made.

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

Adopt-A-Jar

Even though the project is (very slowly) coming to an end, there’s still time to adopt one of the last few jars – click here for details.


Jar No 352

Jar No 352
Kirsty Hall: Jar 352, No Jan 2012

Jar No 352 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar 352 in situ, No Jan 2012

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 2/1/12 at 23.15
General Location: Redland, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Alas, I am down with a very annoying virus. I keep trying to get back to normal and get the project finished and then it immediately knocks me flat and I wind up in bed again. It’s not helped by the fact that I’m utterly worn out by the endless months of severe stress from the divorce and the house sale and my ongoing problems with my ME/CFS.

Jar No 352 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar 352 close up, No Jan 2012

In short, I am a right old mess at the moment. So the jar updates will be a bit intermittent until I’m well enough to make and walk the last ten but this project WILL get finished this month, damn it!


Jar No 351

Jar No 351
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351, Dec 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351 in situ, Dec 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 31/12/11 at 22.59
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo and Toby

Comments:

The last day of the year but sadly, not the last day of the project – I have another two weeks to do before I’m caught up after my sick leave towards the end of the year.

Jar No 351 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351 close up, Dec 2011

I was absolutely thrilled to see the back of 2011, which was an immensely painful and difficult year for me. There were still joys though and although it has taxed me severely, this project has definitely been been one of those.

Of course, in any year, there is loss and pain but my hope for 2012 is that we can collectively turn away from austerity and joylessness to a brighter future where community, creativity and respect for our fellow beings shines out of all of us.


Jar No 350

Jar No 350 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 front, Dec 2011

Jar No 350 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 back, Dec 2011

Jar No 350 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 30/12/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

I’m moving house at the end of this month, so I’ve had to be strict with myself over buying new art materials. But I needed some new alcohol inks to complete the previous jar and now I’m having fun playing with them.

Jar No 350 close up front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 close up front, Dec 2011

I like the fact that this kind of ink sinks right through the paper but dries instantly without warping the paper; it allows me to make different drawings on both sides of the paper.

Jar No 350 close up back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 close up back, Dec 2011

Thanks

Many thanks to Toby, Theo’s dad, who recently left another donation. If you’d like to help the project and get a mention on the blog, click here to donate.


Jar No 349

Jar No 349
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 349, Dec 2011

Jar No 349 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 349 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Paper yarn, alcohol ink
Released into wild: 29/12/11 at 23/51
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

“Travel brings a special kind of wisdom if one is open to it. At home or abroad, things of the world pull us towards them with such gravitational force that, if we are not alert our entire lives, we can be sucked into their outwardness. Attentive travel helps us to see this, because the continually changing outward scene helps us to see through the world’s pretensions.”
Paul Cousineau – The Art Of Pilgrimage

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 349 close up, Dec 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 349 close up, Dec 2011

Thanks

Many thanks to the kind donor who wishes to remain anonymous but who left me such a large donation that I made squeaky little noises of disbelieving joy.

If you’d like to help the project as it draws to its conclusion, please click here to leave a donation or adopt a jar.