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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 355

Jar No 355
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 355, Jan 2012

Jar No 355 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 355, Jan 2012

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

Comments:

Sometimes bravery is found in the tiniest of things. Like picking up a beloved art project after months of depression and overwhelmed burn-out.

This jar was made and walked way back in January but I didn’t have the energy to blog it at the time.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 355, Jan 2012

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 355, Jan 2012

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 355, Jan 2012

In truth, I still don’t have much energy but I am moving house in two weeks time and I want to get the project ‘put to bed’ if I can. As the project now stands, I have two jars still to make and three still to walk. Today’s jar is made (hooray!) and will be walked this afternoon. There’s a ton of blogging and email to catch up on but I’m being gentle with myself on that front.


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

Jar No 354 in situ 02
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 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…

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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 338

Jar No 338
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 338, Dec 2011

Jar No 338 close up front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 338 close up front, Dec 2011

Jar No 338 close up back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 338 close up front, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawings, thread
Released into wild: 6/12/11 at 23.59
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Everygreens prove very useful for hiding jars at this time of year.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 338 in situ, Dec 2011

I suspect I’ve inadvertently trained an elite cadre of Jar Hunters who are now specialists in the different walls of Clifton.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 338 in situ, Dec 2011

I’m not sure how useful they’re going to find this skill once the project ends.


Jar No 336

Jar No 336
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 336, Dec 2011

Jar No 336 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 336 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing, thread
Released into wild: 4/12/11 at 16.03
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s brother Max on 5/12/11

Comments:

I took the previous day off because I was exhausted after another few days of decluttering with my best friend.

I’m finding it hard to run two major projects at once: I’d be able to cope with the jars a lot better if I wasn’t organising two major house moves in January. I not only have to declutter & pack up this house but I’m also helping my son with his imminent move. Still, it’s all slowly getting done.

Jar No 336 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 336 close up, Dec 2011


Jar No 334

Jar No 334
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 334, Dec 2011

Jar No 334 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 334 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Paper, pins, thread
Released into wild: 1/12/11 at 23.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

“Consider the seemingly most obvious and most trivial of all small finds – the common straight pin and the not-so-logical syllogism about pins that one often encounters in the literature, Pins equal sewing, or so most archaeologists assume, they also assume that sewing was done by women. Therefore pins = sewing = women. But […] common straight pins were used to fasten both men’s and women’s clothing, to fasten documents, to fasten shrouds, to serve as guides for threads in lace-making, to conjure spells and to ward against them; in other words pins were used for many other purposes beyond sewing. And it is sometimes possible to differentiate what these purposes might have been, since pins were were made in different sizes because different sizes were needed for the diverse purposes I’ve mentioned. But because we think we ‘know’ what pins mean, we do not pay them much attention.”

Mary C. Beaudry (2006), Findings: the material culture of needlework and sewing, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, p.8

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 334 close up, Dec 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 334 close up, Dec 2011

Jar No 334 close up 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 334 close up, Dec 2011


Jar No 333

Jar No 333 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 front, Nov 2011

Jar No 333 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 back, Nov 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 333 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing, glass and metal frame, thread
Released into wild: 30/11/11 at 23.03
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

Such a wet Jar Walk. I had intended to walk further but the rain was belting down and it was cold and miserable. My dedication to my art has its limits!

The pavements were so slick with rushing water that I had to walk in the road on occasion. The water came pouring from sloped driveways and I thought about how we pave too much of our cities, so there is nowhere for the water to go.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 close up, Nov 2011

I thought about all my other jars out in the wild and had a fierce moment of concern for them. I hope none of them got so drenched that they were ruined: the glass and the lid mostly protects the art but it’s not invulnerable.

Jar No 333 close up 02

By this point in the project, I’ve become almost immune to what happens to the jars after I release them but occasionally they still tug at my heart.

Thanks

Huge thanks to Marie Shaw for her recent kind donation. If you’d like to donate to the project, please click here for details.


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 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.