the time keeper

Last fall  the Citizen Watch company commissioned a special piece. My assignment was to “re-imagine” one of their timepieces and  to make an object that fits my imagination and personal language.

The watch is called the eco drive- EYES.  I re-imagined the watch as an owl and I called my piece ” The Time Keeper”.

the time keeper

He  is an expression of the eco-drive watch and an expression of time itself. Focusing on visual and conceptual aspects of the watch, first and most significantly – his face- his eyes specifically, refer in a direct way to to the face of the watch.


Extensive mending was necessary to give the fragile garment structural integrity  and that  mending is apparent and celebrated, time marks, time transforms. The  stitches express the characters and marks of the watch face – stitches sometimes measured and precise ( marking seconds). Stitches and patches expressed as numbers and letters and circles or portions of circles sometimes shifting in scale.


The marks refer to the design of the watch as well as illustrating a passage of time across the owls surface and acknowledging the history and life span of the ruined antique bodice he is made from.

mutton sleave bodice

He has gone off to live in the Citizen showroom in Tokyo.  Also he is featured  in  Real Scale Magazine ( a supplement of Ginza) in Japan. The article was written by David G. Imber and Yoshida Mika with photos by Jen Causey.

real scale magazine

I think the article will be available on line soon and I’ll post a link when it is.


  1. …That is nothing short of awesome! And what a honor too – congrat’s! :o)

    …There’s no end to what you can do. None.

    …Enjoy your day!

    …Blessings. :o)

  2. This is a wonderful (full of wonder, I mean) piece. And quite proper that The Timekeeper will reside with Citizen.
    Well done!

  3. Hello Ann, hope you like the way your piece came out. Once again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the extraordinary piece you created, and for opening your amazing residence to us for Japanese audiences to share.

  4. This hoot is so cool!!!! I’ve got to remember to check your blog more often!!

  5. Your owls always delight and dazzle me. This one is no exception. Wonderful work! The thoughtfulness of your interpretation is apparent in the spectacular details.

  6. I’m really trying to find something I dislike about that watch. I’m trying really hard to find an argue point!
    I can’t…it’s just too gorgeous.

    Pretty impressive what you did with the owl too. Love it!

  7. I really like your owl. All the patches of fabric and stitches just add to it.

    I looked at some of your flicker photos. What great detail you put into everything. It makes me want to make time for artwork again.

    • Thanks Jeannie – and I hope you do fine some time for your art work.

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