About us

The Jam Jar Collective is a group of artists, makers, programmers and doers. We like to play with technology and make nice things. We think that working with other people is a brill way to get things done and often learn something in the process. We like openness, sharing, making and doing.

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FriiSpraying at Maker Faire UK 2011

FriiSpraying at Maker Faire UK 2011

The Jam Jar Collective were at Maker Faire UK this weekend. We had a bigger stand than last year where we were showing off FriiSpray and a few other projects we’re working on. We were kept very busy by a crowd of young artists wanting to try FriiSpray out. Here is the wonderful artwork they...
Howduino Leeds

Howduino Leeds

I’ve been to a few Howduino events since Adrian McEwen and Thom Shannon started organising + running them and always thought it would be good to get one happening in Leeds. So I nudged them and said we could help out with the organising, funding and arranging. What? Howduino is a free Arduino based event...
FriiSpray LASER cans

FriiSpray LASER cans

It’s been a busy few months at the Jam Jar HQ – we’ve been working on getting some new virtual graffiti cans working with new software and hardware. In January we started testing out the Nintendo Wii nunchuck boards as a way of getting cap pressure data out of the cans – check out this...
Open projection screen

Open projection screen

Projection screens can be expensive, and we needed one to use with our FriiSpray virtual graffiti system. After looking into some different screens available on the market, we decided we could probably have a good go at making one of our own. We wanted to make the project open so others can make, use, modify...
Workshops

Workshops

Some of the workshops we have experience in running.
Temple Works Leeds Residency

Temple Works Leeds Residency

The Jam Jar Collective are now artists in residence at the incredible Temple Works site in Leeds. We first worked on site in 2009 and created a large scale light and sound installation ‘Bloom’ in the large main warehouse space as part of Leeds’ Light Night. There is a video of the series of installations including...
Electronics workshops at Action Factory Arts, Blackburn

Electronics workshops at Action Factory Arts, Blackburn

In October the Jam Jar Collective ran a series of electronics workshops at the fabulous Action Factory Arts space in Blackburn, as part of their ‘Art Bites’ scheme. On the first day we started with a brief introduction to electronics and continued with LED throwie making and also some simple circuits for clip-on lights. We...
Platform 11+ Theatre Project

Platform 11+ Theatre Project

On the 4th of September Stuart went along to Budapest for the first annual meeting of the Platform 11+ theatre project, working as a partner to Pilot Theatre – a York theatre company that is based in York’s Theatre Royal. Budapest was our first time working closely with Pilot Theatre and it is a massive...