Isohi is one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in the bamboo arts. Born in Otawara City, Tochigi Prefecture, Isohi studied the Sogetsu style of flower arrangement and the Sencha tea ceremony. Her desire to arrange flowers in her own baskets led her to a class in 1997 with local bamboo teacher Yagisawa Tadashi, son of well-known artist Yagisawa Keizo. Isohi advanced rapidly and her baskets won many awards at the All Japan Amateur Bamboo Art Competitions. One of her award-winning pieces was purchased by the local museum.
Not satisfied with her achievement, she consulted with Katsushiro Soho, a Living National Treasure in Bamboo Art, who lives in Tochigi Prefecture. He encouraged Isohi to submit her work to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, an annual competition among professional artists. In 2005, she became the third woman bamboo artist to gain full membership in the Japan Craft Arts Association.
Among the numerous awards and prizes, Isohi’s biggest achievement was winning Best of Show at the 2010 Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. There are only three bamboo artists ever to have won this prize in the 62-year history of this prestigious art competition in Japan.
The artist used to hate her given name, “Setsuko,” because of how old-fashioned it sounds. However, since it contains the Chinese character for “bamboo node”, she now likes her name. “I believe it was my destiny to become a bamboo artist.”
The opening is Friday, July 30 from 5 – 7pm. Unfortunately, the artist will not be present.
TAI Modern is open Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm.
Travel back in time for the 13th Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Faire, at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Relive the days of olde, with a knight’s quest. Ride in a Spanish Galleon at the kid’s game area. Learn about Renaissance arts and sciences. Shrink in size as you enter the Fairy Village and pet a unicorn. Enjoy incredible performances and music, delicious food, and arts and crafts vendors at New … Read More
Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) hosts Our Lives Now: A Photographic Journal of Life During The Pandemic, at El Zaguán, September 3-24, 2001. Photographer Don J. Usner chronicles the Covid-19 pandemic in New Mexico through 28 extraordinary images. Hours for the exhibit are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. An opening reception will be held for the artist Friday, September 3, from 5-7 p.m. Masks are required inside. For more information, call 505-983-2567. While most people spent the … Read More
Celebrate the 48th Annual Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Autumn is a vibrant time to visit the Rancho! Taste syrup from our burro driven sorghum mill, help make cider by cranking a traditional apple press, and pick a pumpkin from our scarecrow-guarded patch. Stomp grapes by foot, make cornhusk dolls or roll your own delicious tortilla by hand. There’s a lot to do at this long-running and … Read More