Afternoon Tea with Sara Taseer
On 14 Decmber, members and guest were invited by our member Sara Taseer to an afternoon with flowers and retail therapy at Sara’s Fine Jewellery boutique at the Hilton Hotel.
Our very talented member Peggy Loh inspired with her designs for Christmas.
A wonderful afternoon tea spread was enjoyed by all and the early shopping spree benefitted “In Her Shoes” for Children’s Cancer Foundation.
A Blessed Ikebana Christmas
A joined celebration between II Singapore Chapter and the
Singapore Sogetsu Association
On Friday Dec 02, Ikebana members and friends enjoyed a superb demonstration by Mrs.Kazue Kato Kim, founder and President of the Singapore Sogetsu Association
This was followed by a scrumptious Christmas buffet enjoyed by more than 200 members and friends of both associations. Proceeds went to “In her Shoes” – a charity working in collaboration with the Children Cancer Foundation. Volunteers from ‘In her Shoes’ entertained the guests with their musical performances.
A mini exhibition celebrating the holiday season was displayed in the foyer of the Gallery at Hyatt, showcasing the talents of our members.
World Orchid Conference,
Ikebana Floral Art Competition and Exhibition
Ikebana International was privileged to participate in the wonderful World Orchid Conference with a competition and exhibition.
We are pleased to announce the results of the competition as follows:
1) Class 201 Window
1st & Gold Medal & TROPHY – Jayr Higuit Villalobos
2nd & Silver Medal – Bernadette Lim
3rd & Bronze Medal – Wu Jian Feng
2) Class 202 Pedestal
1st & Gold Medal – Watchara Yong
2nd & Silver Medal – Vickie Yap
3rd & Bronze Medal – Sylvia Wei
3) Class 203 Standing
1st & Gold Medal – Bernard Soh Hai Siong
2nd & Silver Medal – Bernard Tay
3rd & Bronze Medal – Christiane Duckworth
Congratulations to the winners and all registrants. You were indeed promoting the art of Ikebana to the public. The feed back has been very favourable and our President conveys her hearfelt thanks to all who participated in the competition and exhibition and everybody who contributed to make it such a wonderful section of the WOC.
Johor Bahru Chapter 235
Ohara Workshop, 25 October
New member of Singapore Chapter, and Membership Chairman and Past President of JB, presented a wonderful instruction on basic Ohara. members from Singapore Chapter joined Chapter members of JB in making a origami container and ohara design. The event took place in a Japanese restaurant which served delicious food. What a wonderful way of spending an afternoon.
Singapore Chapter members
19 October, Daum Boutique, Paragon
II members were invited by the world famous ‘Daum Boutique’ to create designs in their exquisite containers. This was a wonderful opportunity to welcome many of our new members to see our long term member, Mr David Lim demonstrating and admire the many designs which our members created the evening before. Singapore Chapter was privileged to have this opportunity to showcase the art of Ikebana to a wider public combining the beauty of flowers with the beauty of the Daum christal creations; truly art as the ultimate luxery .
DAUM showroom with demonstration design
Vice President Viola Yong with three new members
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM took place on 22 September 2011 at the Japanese Association Singapore. After the official business was taken care off and members of the New Committee were introduced, Vice President Viola Yong enthrolled members and guests with her inspirational designs, ably assisted by Peggy Loh and Komon Bernard Tay. The demonstration was followed by a delicious Bento Lunch and a chance to renew friendships.
President Anna Kwan is presenting token of appreciation to Viola Yong
Johor Bahru Chapter 235
Singapore Chapter Member, Kelvin Tan, was the demonstrator at the first event of the season for the Johor Bahru Chapter on 13 September at the newly renovated Grand Blue Wave Hotel. His demonstration was entitled ‘Golden Autumn’. Kelvin had everybody spellbound and his demonstration was very much enjoyed by all as was the mini exhibition by members and the scrumptious High Tea.
SINGAPORE SOGETSU ASSOCIATION
The 45 Annual Charity Floral Exhibition took place on 12 and 13 August and concluded with a Gala Dinner on 13 August at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Ikebana Internation members, many of whom are also members of the Singapore Sogetsu Association, supported this very worthwhile fundraising event in aid of CARE Singapore.
Demonstration by Viola Young and Peggy Loh
at Opening of Elephant and Coral, 23 July
Ikebana members were invited to the Opening of Elephant and Coral at the
Mandarin Galleries in 333a Orchard Road #03-03
II Singapore Chapter Birthday Celebrations
The 42 birthday celebrations took place on 29 June 2011 at the home of Ambassador of Japan.
60 + members were welcomed to the home of our Patron, HE Mr Suzuki by his gracious wife and honorary member, Mrs Suzuki.
Accompanied by Koto music, members enjoyed ikebana demonstrations by Mrs Hiroko Prado (Sogetsu) Mrs Momoko Emmott (Ryusei-Ha), Mrs Kazuko Okawa (Ikenobo). They were ably assisted by Bernard Tay, Harijanto Setiawan and Christopher Lim respectively. Each demonstrator enthralled the audience with two designs. It was enchanting to see how they used the same plant material in such different ways.
The ikebana demonstration was followed by a demonstration on “How to wear a Kimono” giving us an insight in the intricate details of this beautiful traditional Japanese attire.
After the cutting of the beautiful birthday cake, members were invited to a scrumptious afternoon tea. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful hospitality.
Election Meeting, 25 May
The election meeting of the elected officers took place at the Function Room of Ardmore Park.
Marvina Low, the Nomination Chairman, welcomed members and opened the meeting.
After the official business, our President thanked all for the many contributions made for the Exhibition which was dedicated to our friends in Japan.
The donation boxes were opened and happy members counted the donations which netted S$12,000 plus which was handed over to the representative of the Embassy of Japan.
President Anna Kwan, Momoko Emmott who organised the Origami session handing over the donations to Yuko Kusaka from the Japan Embassy
Members enjoyed a delicious afternoon pot luck tea followed by a workshop. It was another successful and enjoyable afternoon with friendship through flowers.
Ikebana Exhibition at Paragon, 13 – 22 May
The following comes from posters displayed during the exhibition which very much convey the feeling of the exhibition and exhibitors.
Some of our members made hundreds of origami cranes which were sold to raise money for the Japan fund. The exhibition was a great success and admired by the public and the many shoppers passing through the Paragon Shopping Mall
Here at the Ikebana International Singapore Chapter, we are proud to share with you our passion for the delicate Japanese art of flower arrangement. Nobly disciplined yet beautifully creative, Ikebana is far more than mere floral decoration. Steeped in history for centuries, Ikebana is an art form with its roots in the philosophy of developing a close relationship with nature.
Fuelled by our love for flowers, we are pleased to represent Ikebana International in Singapore in its dedication to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana across the globe and building bridges following our motto ‘friendship through flowers”.
The arrangements around you clearly express that Ikebana today has come a long way from the traditional art it was centuries ago. From its humble beginnings on the altars of temples in Japan, Ikebana Today is a popular art form with many schools teaching Ikebana, internationally. The style of Ikebana has evolved over the centuries becoming more creative and liberal to suit modern materials and spaces and at the same time respecting the guidelines laid down by traditional schools. Ikebana Today is an expression of the creator and considered a reflection of one’s emotions and moods.
Today, for Ikebana lovers, creating an Ikebana arrangement is a life enhancing ritual that gives meaning and Joy to Urban Living.
“FRIENDSHIP THROUGH FLOWERS”
Ikebana International is a unique platform for not only sharing our love for flowers and creativity but to bond across borders. Our flower arrangements convey a heartwarming message which crosses all borders of nationality and language. Here we find friends who through the art of Ikebana not only share their joys but lessen the burden of our sorrows.
In its 42 years of history in Singapore, the Chapter has raised funds through this beautiful art form and donated to many charitable causes. Contributing generously towards rebuilding of Japan after the recent tragedy in Japan in March 2011 is an example of the organization’s humanitarian side. The Chapter continues to raise funds through various activities to support this Cause.
This Exhibition is dedicated to the victims of Japan. Our flower arrangements displayed here are not only about raising awareness about Ikebana amongst the general public but are also to support Japan in our unique way.
BE OUR FRIEND – If you loved our story of friendship and got enchanted by the beauty of arrangements around you, we would appreciate if you donate generously to rebuilding Japan directly through the Embassy of Japan.
Your generosity is truly a beginning of “FRIENDSHIP THROUGH FLOWERS”
Paragon Mother’s Day Exhibition including Ikebana
From 22 April to 8 May the Paragon was adorned with beautiful Ikebana arrangements by
Datin Ong Kid Ching, Ohara School
Dr Leonard Lim, Ikenobo School,
Harijanto Setiawan, Free Style,
Kelvin Tan, Free Style,
Bernard Tay, Sogetsu School,
The exhibits received much attention. Many thanks to our participants.
Table Settings with Geoffrey Delhaye of Degrenne, Paris, iwannagohome,
Great World City, April 27th
40+ members and guests enjoyed a demonstration on how to set different styles of tables, from the stylish breakfast table to an informal dinner table, an Asian dinner table and formal dinner table combining French and English styles. Geoffrey explained the reasons behind variations on a theme. The table settings were complemented with suitable floral designs by chapter members. The demonstration was followed by afternoon tea, curtesey of iwannagohome.
Design for an Asian table setting by Momoko Emmott Ryusei-Ha School
Design for a breakfast table by Peggy Loh, Sogetsu School
Casual Table setting with Anju Bhardwaj, Ichiyo School arranging the flowers
Formal table setting in the French and English manner
Flowers by Christiane Duckworth, Western style
Spring Celebration Charity High Tea, 13 April
Members and guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with a flower demonstration by Harijanto Setiawan and a fashion show by designer Astrie Sunindar at the residence of our member Mrs.Afrah Al Faddhagi, who graciously opened her home and treated everybody with a most delicious high tea.
It was an exiting event with entertainment, lucky draw prizes and food galore. With the theme’In Love With Flowers, a total of $52,120 was raised for te Japan Disaster Fund and handed over to the Japan Embassy of Singapore.
A big thank you to all the sponsors, donors, contributors, members and friends for their generosity and kind-heartedness and particularly to Mdm Afrah, wife of the Kuwait Ambassador for her hospitality and generosity
Origami Workshop, 23 March
Our member, Mrs Momoko Emmott, conducted a very enjoyable Origami workshop. She demonstrated designs of the Ryusei-Ha Schools and then proceeded to show us how to create cranes – the symbol for peace – paper lanterns and paper hanging. We concluded with adding our good wishes to the ‘wishing tree’ for all the people of Japan who are affected by the terrible earthquake.
II Johor Bahru Chapter,
22 February 2011 Flower Demonstration – ‘Love is in the Air’
Our Vice-President, Viola Yong, was invited to demonstrate at our sister chapter’s first event of the New Year. Twenty one members from our chapter crossed the border to give support to Viola. JB President Tunku Shahariah and JB members extended a very warm welcome to all. This was yet another wonderful celebration of ‘Friendships through Flowers’.
Chinese Celebrations – ‘In the mood for Tradition’
Mandarin Hotel Orchard, 26 January, 2011
The Year of the Rabbit was ushered in in style with a scrumptious lunch and a wonderful demonstration by our own internationally renowned floral designer and a Komon of the Sogetsu School, Mr Bernard Tay.
Members and guests were inspired by the wonderful CNY designs by our members which adorned the large ballroom. Duringlunch, which included the traditional Lo Hei, we could also admire Chinese acrobats, dances and mask performances.
Bukit Timah Community Club, 23 January, 2011
Peggy Loh and Momoko Emmott represented our Chapter at a community event to promote the art of Ikebana. There beautiful arrangements were well received by the Organisers as well as the public.