The important aspect of my work is the ability to express things; craftsmanship alone is not enough. The purpose of a work such as this is to appeal to one’s emotions. For me, arts and crafts entail a spiritual processing of material, linking humanism to objects… The heritage of willow objects is a continuum in which I represent the contemporary aspect. It is no longer of any significance to make traditional utility objects of willow to that same extent as in the past…. A new function is to be found in the symbols of the object, the tales and messages which the maker leaves of his personality. This is known as expression.
from Weaving the World: Contemporary Art of Linear Construction, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan 1999.