When and how did you begin working with flowers?
My fascination with plants began when I was a child, watching my grandmother tend her modest urban garden with infinite care and tenderness. My career was not a direct journey, first I worked as a fitness trainer in Tokyo. It was a few years later that I obtained a job at a local interior store that my path changed.
Was this experience important to your artistic path?
Absolutely. I gained some invaluable insight working with interior furnishings, I started blending plants with antiques. I started to slowly develop my own typography in the world of interior spaces. One that defied convention and eventually became my signature style.
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Which are the features of a well done arrangement?
Colour coordination, textures, balance and harmony. Since I mostly work with fresh materials, I’ve developed a very accurate sense of how they change over time, which means I can exhibit the beauty of slow drying plants as well as fresh growing ones.
What does your motto “The garden was not built in a day” mean?
It means that nothing is ever complete, as long as there’s room for growth. That is also true for my artistic work. Japanese heritage and botanical traditions have played a major role in it, but I’m always experimenting and innovating by stretching the boundaries of my artistic field.