Hitomi is an internationally renowned floral artist who has guest-designed throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Singapore and Australia. She brings her well-travelled knowledge of latest trends from around the world to offer clients the best floral creativity possible.Hitomi was inducted into American Institute of Floral Designers in 1986. She was a Silver & Gold Medal winner of Great American Design Competition in 1986 and 1987 respectively. She is one of the most sought after lecturer at museums and botanical gardens across North America. She has presented at Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Chicago Botanical Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (Nashville), Oakland Art Museum, Dixon Gallery & Gardens (Memphis), Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Toronto Botanical Gardens, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, New Orleans Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts, The Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), Longwood Gardens & Virginia Museum of Fine Art. She will be a featured speaker at Detroit Institute of Fine Arts in May 2011.
Hitomi has been a featured designer at AIFD National Symposium in 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2005 & 2007. She will be hosting and presenting a program ‘New Generation’ at AIFD National Symposium in 2011 (San Francisco).
She is the founder and organizer of the Annual ‘Survival of the Creative Minds’ Conference in Taos, New Mexico.
She served 6 years on AIFD Membership Review Committee and served 6 years on their Education Committee. She is the co-author and illustrator of ‘The AIFD Guide to Floral Design – Terms, Techniques and Traditions’ (2005)
As an educator, Hitomi presents numerous programs throughout North America as a Teleflora Education Specialist. She also conducts workshops in Vancouver and in Oklahoma City at Teleflora Education Center. She is a monthly columnist ‘Creative Edge’ for FLOWERS& magazine. She has authored 6 books: ‘Earth Man Spirit’, ‘Fundamental Theories of Design’, ‘Design Compendium – Styles & Methods’, ‘ARTFLOR – Advance Design+Process’, ‘Creative Edge’ & ‘NeoTropica’. She is the co-author of the book, ‘Fresh Look at Judging’, due to be out in July 2011.
Hitomi is one of only 7 recipients of AIFD’s coveted ‘Design Influence Award’ (1998) and the 2006 recipient of American Horticultural Society’s ‘Frances Jones Poetker Award’. She was the winner of ‘Gold’ Award and ‘Best of Show’ at Singapore Garden Festival in July 2008 as an invited guest designer representing Canada.