Tawaraya SŌTATSU (school of)<br /> <em>Flowering plants of the four seasons</em> (c. 1630-1640)<br /> (Shikisōka zu 四季草花図)<br /> six panel folding screen: ink and pigments on gold leaf on paper, silk, lacquer on wood, paper, metal<br /> 150.4 x 364.2 cm (image and sheet)<br /> National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br /> Felton Bequest, 1907

The first how-to episode is inspired by Japanese ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of floral arrangement. This episode takes inspiration from the NGV Collection work Flowering plants of the four seasons c.1630-1640, a six panel Japanese folding screen by the studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu. Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Annika Aitken will give viewers an insight into the history behind the work and the extraordinary depictions of ikebana featured on this impressive six panel screen. Hokuto Takase from Flowers Vasette demonstrates how to create ikebana, inspired by Sōtatsu’s work to create a floral arrangement using flowers from all four seasons.

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