John & Joséphine’s Timepieces

Handmade Commission for #Untitled10 2019 at The Bowes Museum

These artworks are inspired by two Rose Engine guilloché engraved pocket watches, which hang side-by-side in the Bowes Museum, belonging to its founders John & Joséphine Bowes. Kate researched ‘time’ within the museum and how historic objects maintain their relevance in an ever-changing world.

These two experimental pieces that stand together, translate the pocket watch dials and the museum’s stopped clocks into geometric rosette patterns cut by hand on Kate’s self-built Rose Engine. The guilloché carved into the wax captures time within the museum.

Kate cross-purposes techniques old and new showing these artworks at different stages of production. She reveals her process of transforming the blue wax into electroformed copper with the intention of finally plating them in 24k gold.

‘John & Joséphine’s Timepieces’ uniquely reanimate and record time within the museum; breathing new life into its watches and stopped clocks.