Hitomi is an internationally sought-after floral artist who has guest-designed throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Singapore, Australia, & Columbia. 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 (AIFD) 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 requested lecturers for 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, Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, Vero Beach Museum of Art, & Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester, NY). Her upcoming Art in Bloom program in 2015 will be at the North Carolina Museum of Fine Arts (Raleigh, NC). She has also been a feature lecturer at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and an award-winning exhibitor at the Singapore Garden Festival.
Hitomi is a much requested featured designer at AIFD National Symposium over the years.
1987 – ‘JEWELS OF THE NORTH’ (San Francisco)
1990 – ‘GARDENS’ (Newport Beach, CA)
1994 – ‘EARTH MAN SPIRIT’ (Atlanta)
2003 – ‘ORIGIN’ (St. Louis)
2005 – ‘Hitomi Gilliam AIFD – AIFD Award of Influence Recipient 1998′ (Seattle)
2007 – ‘JOURNEY’ Introducing Paul Jaras & Donald Yim (Palm Desert)
2011 – ‘NEW GENERATION’ Introducing Lois Hiranaga, Jim Martin, Scott Hasty, & Brooke Raulerson (San Francisco)
2014 – ‘ORIGINAL’ (Chicago)
She is the founder and organizer of the Annual ‘Survival of the Creative Minds’ Conference in Taos, New Mexico. The 17th Annual Conference ‘PATTERN’ will be held in October, 2014.
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 as well as conducting her own DESIGN358 workshops in Vancouver & Norwalk, CT.
She is a monthly columnist ‘Creative Edge’ for FLOWERS& magazine.
She has partnered with Tomas De Bruyne to launch EMC – European Master Certification education program in 2011, with the 3rd cycle starting in Fall 2015
She has authored 6 books:
1994 – EARTH MAN SPIRIT, with John Haines AIFD & Sanford Mauldin
1996 – Fundamental Theories of Design, with John Haines AIFD
1999 – Design Compendium – Styles & Methods, with John Haines AIFD
2005 – ARTFLOR – Advance Design + Process
2007 – Creative Edge – a Retrospective, with Philippe Martin-Morice
2009 – NEOTROPICA, with Lois Hiranaga AIFD
2013 – Fresh Look at Judging Floral Design, with Kathy Whalen AIFD
Hitomi is one of only 7 recipients of AIFD’s coveted ‘Design Influence Award’ (1998)
She is also the 2006 recipient of American Horticultural Society’s ‘Frances Jones Poetker Award’ for excellence in floriculture education.
She was the winner of ‘Gold’ Award and ‘Best of Show’ at Singapore Garden Festival in July 2008 as an invited guest designer for Floral Windows to the World, representing Canada.