Outfit, ‘Transformer: White Waratah Warrior, Walking the Sacred Path,’ designed by Jenny Kee and Masohiro Nakagawa

Made by Somerville, Greg in Australia, Oceania, 2006.

The outfit ‘Transformer: White Waratah Warrior, Walking The Sacred Path’, designed by Masahiro Nakagawa and Jenny Kee, exemplifies the design ethos of Tokyo Recycle project #15. The garment is a collaborative effort with Chloe Simcox and the Japanese design team of Nakagawa Sochi headed by Masahiro Nakagawa. The design team gather together items of clothing and interview each participant to determine personal meanings associated with the clothing before deconstructing the clothing, reconstructin...

Summary

2006/128/1
Outfit, 'Transformer: White Waratah Warrior, Walking the Sacred Path', cotton / silk / organdie / muslin / wood, designed by Jenny Kee and Masahiro Nakagawa, made by Jenny Kee, Chloe Simcox, Linda Jackson, Paula Martin and Greg Somerville, Australia, 2005 - 2006.

The outfit is a sculptural costume piece with its hands in prayer position. At the top is a headpiece sculpted out of translucent organdie and muslin forming the shape of a white waratah with an outer sheath of petal shapes and featuring 2 leggings, 2 long sleeves, knitted vest, bustle skirt in the shape of a waratah, silk Tibetan blessing scarves stencilled with motifs of the goddess Tara, t-shirt dress, kimono, head and collar, quiver, bow and arrow. The garment features couched cord applied to the outer layer of the work spelling out a Tibetan Buddhist mantra.

Dimensions

820 mm

Production

"Transformer: White Waratah Warrior, Walking the Sacred Path' is a sculptural costume piece consisting of leggings, long sleeves, knitted vest, bustle skirt, T-shirt dress, kimono, head and collar, quiver and bow and arrow. Jenny collaborated with Japanese design team, Nakagawa Sochi headed by Masahiro Nakagawa in the Tokyo Recycle Project #15 as part of the 'The cutting edge: fashion from Japan' exhibition in October 2005 to produce the original dress. Jenny donated a box of t-shirts designed by her and worn by her partner Danton Hughes. The t-shirts were worked together with a white silk kimono to create an extravagant dress complete with colourful leggings and a bustle in the shape of a waratah, a signature design motif for Kee.

Inspired by the recycle project, Jenny transformed the garment into a sculptural costume piece. With the help of a team of artisans and friends including Jenny's former of soft translucent organdie and muslin forming the shape of the white waratah. Jenny also added an outer sheath of petal shapes recycled from the white kimona. A Jenny Kee handknit worn by Danton Hughes since he was 15 is incorporated as a warrior's vest. A bow and arrow, symbolizing compassion and wisdom respectively, was made from t-shirts and twigs and modelled on a bow and arrow that Danton Hughes originally made for a child. The bow is a symbol of love.

The designer Linda Jackson, contributed kartas (silk Tibetan blessing scarves) stencilled with motifs of the goddess Tara and the waratah which have been incorporated into the work.

The garment features couched cord worked by Greg Somerville and applied to the outer layer of the work spelling out a Tibetan Buddhist mantra. The essential meaning of the Vajrasattva mantra is - 'through your power may you bring about purification, healing and transformation'.

Paula Martin created the head and headdress, and Chloe Simcox worked with Nakagawa and interpreted Kee's additions to the original design.
Somerville, Greg 2006
Nakagawa, Masahiro 2005

Source

Purchased 2006
26 September, 2006

Cite this Object

Outfit, 'Transformer: White Waratah Warrior, Walking the Sacred Path,' designed by Jenny Kee and Masohiro Nakagawa 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 June 2017, <https://ma.as/362685>
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