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Jar No 360

Jar No 360
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 360 front, Feb 2012

Jar No 360 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 360 in situ, Feb 2012

Contents: Photograph, text, thread
Released into wild: 8/2/12 at 19.21
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

That’s me – in bed, feeling utterly crappy and needing to do what it said on the jar.

Jar No 360 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 360 back, Feb 2012

Making and walking those January and February jars was incredibly hard. Every single one was a huge achievement. I was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. I was sliding into a depression. Our house sale was in the process of falling apart and everything was very dark and immensely difficult. All I wanted to do was to curl up into bed and sleep.


Jar No 337

Jar No 337
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 337, Dec 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 337 in situ, Dec 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 337 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Wire, glass beads, text on paper
Released into wild: 5/12/11 at 23.49
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

I had trouble finding the right font for this text. I looked at the word ‘forgotten’ so often that it started to seem very peculiar and Teutonic.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 337 close up, Dec 2011

When my best friend looked at my printed selection of fonts she said, “well I’m not surprised, none of these top fonts say ‘forgotten’, they’re too round like fat German sausages!”

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 337 close up, Dec 2011

Fortunately the last two fonts were deemed non-sausagey enough to use.


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. 🙂 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.


Jar No 317

Jar No 317
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317, Nov 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 in situ, Nov 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Text and binary on printed transparency
Released into wild: 13/11/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Apologies for the lack of updates – I’ve been decluttering in preparation for my house move in January. We’re downsizing from an enormous house to a 2-3 bedroom one and if we don’t get rid of massive amounts of stuff, the new place will look like something from one of those hoarding programmes! So I’ve spent the last week sorting through stuff with my best friend – she comes over for a week and we go at it hard. It’s great to get it done but unfortunately, it’s so all-consuming that I find it impossible to blog while it’s happening.

Although the decluttering is hard work, it often throws up welcome treasures for the jars. This printed transparency came from a small set of embroideries I made years ago for an online art swap. The transparency was originally used to make copies onto silk but I think it makes an interesting jar in its own right.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 close up, Nov 2011

I wrote the poem at a time when the internet was known as The World Wide Web, hence the spider reference. The binary is a fragment of the same text – the original work contained the entire poem repeated in binary but I had to cut the transparency down considerably to fit it into the jar.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 close up, Nov 2011

I especially like the way the writing looks from the back.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 close up, Nov 2011

It’s just struck me that more than a decade after this was made, my work is still intimately entwined with the internet. The jar project could exist without the internet but it would be a very different experience.


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

Jar No 298 in situ 01
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 277

Jar No 277
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 277, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 277 in situ, Oct 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 277 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Paper, text, thread, feather
Released into wild: 4/10/11 at 23.53
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

The text is from J.L Stanley’s poem, Catechism for a Witch’s Child.

It reads:

“When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing”

Jar No 277 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 277 close up, Oct 2011

I’ve had this fragment of poem in my collection of jar quotes for months. Every time I saw a feather, I thought of it, so I knew I needed to incorporate it into a jar. Then on Monday’s jar walk, I found this teeny-tiny pigeon feather lying on the pavement and immediately knew it was the right feather for the job.

P.S. I had a ‘helper’ while taking these jar photos. This is my cat, Chiana, she’s very inquisitive, so if anything is going on, she likes to stick her nose in.

Chiana helping with jar photos
Kirsty Hall: Chiana, Oct 2011

Perhaps she was hoping to find the rest of the bird in the jar…


Jar No 268

Jar No 268
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 268, Sept 2011

Contents: Photograph
Released into wild: 26/9/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s dad, Toby on 1/10/11

Comments:

Not a tribute to the TV show but a reflection of how I feel at the moment:

Jar No 268 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 268 close up, Sept 2011

My hands stank of mushrooms after placing this jar in its fungus-filled hidey-hole. We’re very definitely into autumn now.

Jar No 268 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 268 in situ, Sept 2011


Jar No 267

Jar No 267
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267, Sept 2011

Jar No 267 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267 in situ, Sept 2011

Contents: Collage, text and glitter
Released into wild: 24/9/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s mum, Siân

Comments:

An unashamedly girly jar. This was repurposed from an old journal page and marks the first appearance of both glitter and collage in the jar project.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267 close up, Sept 2011

The collage is gold leaf, rub-on text and a magazine image of a ballerina. There’s a layer of transparent paper over the whole thing, which knocks it back and gives it a more dreamy feel. I added iridescent glitter to the bottom of the jar because when you’re publicly admitting to occasional pouty urges to be a princess, you might as well go all the way and indulge your inner 7-year old.

Besides, it was funny.

I am not afraid of glitter. I think it’s amusing to use things like glitter and sequins in fine art. I like when it bothers people. Sometimes it bothers me. That’s why I do it.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267 close up, Sept 2011

It was surprisingly tough to let this jar go: if I hadn’t been on a deadline, I would have kept it for myself and made a different one to release. I don’t often feel that way about the jars but this one is quite personal and unfortunately, it’s not one that I can remake. So I hope one of my regulars finds it quickly because I’m having a hard time restraining my inner 7-year old, who wants to rush back out to reclaim it.


Jar No 154

Jar No 154 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 154 back, June 2011

Jar No 154 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 154 front, June 2011

Jar No 154 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 154 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Photogram, paper, text
Released into wild: 3/6/11 at 21.11
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s sister, Milly on 4/6/11

Comments:

The outside of this jar is an enlargement of a feather made in the darkroom using the photogram process.

Jar No 154 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 154 close up, June 2011

The text nestling on the reverse of the photogram:

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 154 close up, June 2011

…………….

A very apt piece of graffiti points the way to this bird-related jar.

Laconic bird
Kirsty Hall: Graffiti bird in Bristol, June 2011

This is a deeply personal and emotive jar to me, which is why there are more clues than normal because I’m not-so-secretly hoping that it will be found by a Jar Fan or one of my regular Jar Hunters.

I’m not usually this needy about the jars but I tell you right now, I will bawl my eyes out if this one goes missing and isn’t reported. But all I can do is release it and hope that it finds its right place in the world.


Jar No 138

Jar No 138
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 138, May 2011

Jar No 138 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 138 in situ, May 2011

Contents: Cross stitch on fabric
Released into wild: 18/5/11 at 19.27
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s Mum on 22/5/11 – their family has found four jars now!

Comments:

Today’s jar features the cryptic phrase ‘half past forever’ meticulously embroidered in cross stitch.

Jar No 138 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 138 close up, May 2011

So it was apt that strange messages turned up on the Jar Walk too:

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Kirsty Hall, strange message, May 2011

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Kirsty Hall, strange message, May 2011

PS. If you’re a local jar hunter, Jar No 135 is still in place.