The All Watch has two main goals. The first aims to interview people from all over the world about their perceptions of time, collect these interviews and make them available within a searchable database; this is the Library of Time Perceptions. The second is focused on making individual perceptions of time physically tangible; this is the All Watch. These watches, although they sit on the wrist and initially appear to be timekeepers, serve an entirely different function. Wearing them is a reminder to attend to time, to consider its tangible and intangible qualities.
The All Watch began as a slice of walnut shell, molded and cast in 100% recycled metal. Each subsequent All Watch is cast from this original mold. Metal arms are fabricated to accommodate a classic watch-strap, and a buckle is hammered and hand-formed. Currently, All Watches are built to use vintage watch-straps, but the next step is to develop custom leather watch-straps that are made with ethically sourced and tanned leather. This process is currently underway, and is why it is not yet possible to order an All Watch online.
I have a masters in the History of Hermetic philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This graduate work built upon undergraduate explorations of botany, philosophy and art, and a long family history of jewelry - my mother and grandmother were both accomplished jewelers, and I learned metal smithing at a fairly young age. My master's thesis, From the Head to the Hand, was about the intersection of philosophy, religion and the modern applied arts. Specifically, I wrote about contemporary conceptual jewelers whose work is directly inspired by Hermetic philosophy, and whose pieces impart philosophical meaning to their wearers through physical touch. My general argument was that this marriage of philosophic and aesthetic dialogue is uniquely available to objects of the applied arts because (for the most part) they are intended to be worn and used, rather than observed like a painting, sculpture, or other piece of fine art would be. My research led me to the conclusion that the tactile, utilitarian nature of the applied arts affords them a unique dialogue when it comes to communicating abstract ideas. When we use a piece of art, we know it from the inside out. When something is made to be worn, it acknowledges and speaks to the wearer. For many, fine jewelry is synonymous with frivolity; the truth of the matter is that jewelry has functioned as one of the most highly symbolic arts since antiquity. The All Watch builds upon this historic lineage of symbolism while firmly rooting itself in modern conceptual jewelry practices.