Flower Basket “Midsummer”

花籃 盛夏
花篮 盛夏
꽃바구니 한여름

KATSUSHIRO, Soho

勝城 蒼鳳
胜城 苍凤
가쓰시로 소호

1990
Bamboo
32.2×33.3cm


A flower basket inspired by a fountain at the height of summer.

真夏の噴水からイメージした花籃
由盛夏日裡的噴水造型構思而成的花籃
由盛夏的喷水造型构思而成的花篮
한여름의 분수를 이미지로 한 꽃바구니


Thinly sliced madake bamboo is woven in the yoko ajiro-ami weave. The weave becomes coarser towards the top of the basket. The tabane-ami weave on the outside is done by bending bamboo tied in a bundle and spreading it open towards the top. The design opening upwards reminds us of fountains or growing plants. A subtle sense of tension and a placid vital force form a splendid harmony in this work. Katsushiro, who works in the northern part of Tochigi, observes nature living surrounded by richly natural settings and incorporates the essence of such observations into his works. He was designated as a holder of an important intangible cultural asset (Living National Treasure for bamboo crafts) in 2005.