Sakuho Ito

1989 : Born in Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture
2005-2009 : Architectural Course, Kure National College of Technology (Hiroshima)
2010-2014 : Textile Engineering Department, Musashino Art University (Tokyo)
Currently based in Tokyo and Shimane Prefecture

Sakuho Ito creates this unique “Sabi Washi” (rust paper) from the raw materials that are carefully selected and combined by herself. These materials she uses express Japanese belief on life and death, praise for aging, Japanese unique view of nature that they accept aging and imperfection as beauty, and also the appreciation toward rustic simplicity, impermanence, and imperfection which is also familiar to Japanese tea ceremony. While the sustainability is placed as the most important thing in many cases nowadays, she is asking the question why we are continuously making the products that are not biodegradable and harmful to the earth. The main motif of her creation is to have the “tranquility” that she experienced in her childhood. The reason why she is attracted to the rusting and aging things is related to the events she played in the mountains when she was a child.

There are four seasons in Japan, so in autumn the leaves turn red, wither, and fall to the ground. She was very excited about the phenomenon that the leaves were gradually broken down into the soil. The sense of this exhilaration became her motivation. She figured out that these events are real and the truth to the world. Of course, she was too young to express the feeling of this excitement in words at that time. But still, that feeling has remained and has led to her present artwork. In recent years the viewpoint of sustainability is inevitable in many situations all over the world. And how we interact and coexist with humans and non-humans are major issues. Even though we, human beings, have continued to produce plastics which are non- degradable materials, things that actually “rust”, “ decay”, “get old” and, “return to the soil” should not be denied but be considered rather beautiful. These aging processes show the “tranquility” and represent the “principle of equality of living things”. She wants to know why all the organisms are designed to age in their DNA, and also she is seeking the answer for the existence of human beings.


Solo Exhibition
2012 “Nocturne song 8th change 2nd major” ⁄Ber nocturne
2013 exhibition―Paper making “SABIWASHI”― ⁄SHING TONG
2014.06 Open Studio “SABISHI” ⁄Higashiyamato municipal fifth junior high school
2015.03 “Going serenity” ⁄Shinjyuku Non Finito gallery
2017.07 “Fourth Nature” ⁄Art space morgenroto
2019.10 “ReBORN” /FICTION

Group Exhibitions
2007 ITSUMIKAI Architectural Design Competition /Jury Special Award
2008 “OMNIBUS” ⁄ Hiroshima National Institute of Technology,Kure College
2009 “memento-mori” ⁄ Tachibi Arts Festival TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Award
2012 “Five Art College exchange exhibition” ⁄ Musashino Art University
2013 “Five Art College exchange exhibition” ⁄ Itochu Aoyama Art Square
– “Relation A” Jinen’ s Art Studio
– “interiorlifestile h concept”⁄ Tokyo Big Sight In Musashino Art University booth
2014 Musashino Art University graduation exhibition
– “Graduation exhibition” ⁄ Aoyama spiral
– “Craft Industry Exhibition” ⁄ Roppongi le bain
– “JOIN”Jinen’ s Art Studio ⁄ Azabujuban Gallery
– “MUSABIRU” ⁄ Higashiyamato municipal fifth junior high school
– “FAD FEAR” ⁄ Artcomplex Center
– “Kamiarizuki,Iwami’s paper and spirits dance” Sekisyu-Washi Design competition
Sekisyu-Banshi Technical Committee Award
– “Coexistence exhibition 2”
Japanese cypress,Koji,Washi,Sound / Shinjyuku Non Finito gallery
– “Associate Exhibition2014” /Musashino Art University Presentation of Research Assistant Collaborative production
2015 “Coexistence exhibition3” / EARTH+GALLERY
2016 “HARUKANARU IRO UTSUROI NO MANAZASHI” / Shinjyuku Keio Plaza Hotel
– “MITSUKOSHI ART CUBE” ⁄ Nihombashi Mitsukoshi
– “KAMIGAMI Paper is Japanese spirit” / Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
2017 “Tokyo KIMONO show 2017”Installation Art “ZEN Circle”
– “Japanese light exhibition2017” Installation Art “TOKINE”
/ Meguro Gajoen hundred-step staircase
– “Hyper JAPAN Illuminight” / London,Tobacco Dock
2018 “Tokyo KIMONO show 2018”Installation Art “Silence”
– “Japanese light exhibition2018” Illumination Art “Heartbeat”
– “TOKYO ILLUSION” ⁄ Dali Art Center Taichung
2019 14th Tagboat Award Exhibition / acceptance
– “Japanese light exhibition2019” Installation Art “Gravity”
/ Meguro Gajoen hundred-step staircase

2014 “88 Exhibition” Shimane’s ingredients, Rice and Shimane sake / Shinjyuku Non Finito gallery
2015 “Sakuho AN” Food event and Permanent Exhibition / Shinjyuku Non Finito gallery
– “Business trip! Consultation furniture store WOODWORK CENTER ”TAIKEN ICHIBA”
2016 Wood work & Cultural workshop, Paper making instructor
/ Futako Tamagawa Yume Campus
2018 “IRODORI SAI” Tools used Japanese Tea Ceremony “USUKI” Produce by SEISOUKEN
/ Nihombashi Mitsukoshi