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Lisa Kinoshita brings rare art of horsehair hitching to Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 25, 2012 at 5:35 am |
December 24, 2012 1:45 pm
Lisa Kinoshita, Horsehair bridle. Courtesy photo.

Leave it to Lisa Kinoshita. The Tacoma artist who has brought us insect jewelry, taxidermy installations and everything else esoteric now explores the almost-lost art of horsehair hitching, a complicated Western braiding art, in a talk Friday night at Fulcrum Gallery.

Not only is horsehair hitching unusual, but to find artisans who have the hours and patience to spend making whips and bridles out of horsehair Kinoshita had to travel to Montana State Prison, where inmates are not only continuing an art that’s been made there since the 1800s but selling their finished pieces for thousands of dollars in the prison gift shop.

Having taken up a less complicated version of braiding, Kinoshita collaborated with inmates on a single bridle, which she’ll show at Fulcrum while explaining the vanishing, intricate art.

Kinoshita’s “The Bridle Show” is at 5 p.m. Dec. 28, free, at Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 South, MLK Street  Tacoma. 253-250-0520, fulcrumtacoma.com, lisakinoshita.com

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