Dear Fellow Members
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun”
– Mary Lou Cook
Indeed, we had fun celebrating mid-autumn together with newcomers’ tea at Japan Creative Centre, where taking inspiration from haiku, 20 members experimented with autumn colours in their arrangements to deliver a thought – provoking exhibition. As JCC is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, it was indeed an honour for our Chapter to be part of this milestone celebration.
Six of our members also experimented with unique materials to create Ikebana inspired by designer jewellery by Japan’s finest designers at the Jeweluxe – an annual jewellery show held at Ngee Ann City.
As we approach the year end, generally this quarter of the year is time for reflection, but it is also the harbinger of the approaching festivals, the frenzy of year end celebrations. In October we will be celebrating Deepawali -the festival of lights where floral art on the floors and doorways is a beautiful sight to behold in most Indian homes. November will see the thanksgiving decorations in many homes and in December, Christmas will usher in the cheer of holly, poinsettias and Christmas trees all around the world. All these festivities will give us many opportunities to work with flowers and share our floral talent with family and friends. It is also time of year to count our blessings and do our bit for society and environment. To start with let’s be mindful of “reduce, recycle and reuse” both while practising Ikebana and in our celebrations.
At II, we will meet and share the festive joys and blessings with our fellow members on December 4th when we have organised “A Floral Christmas Carol“ in collaboration with the members of the Singapore Flower Club. An afternoon of Christmas traditions and carols, not to be missed.
Come January, I intend to attend the New Year celebrations at II headquarters on January 27th, 2020 and hope some of you can join me to see the demonstration by Iemoto Hiroki Ohara, meet our friends at the HQ whilst enjoying the natural beauty and delicacies of winter in Japan.
Travelling opportunities are integral to II culture and I urge you to inspire your friends and Ikebana students to join the Chapter and benefit from interacting with members of other chapters.
On behalf of my committee, I wish all our Hindu members and friends a very happy and prosperous Deepawali. May the lamp you light, brighten the world around you and touch the hearts of many !
I also take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, love, prosperity, joy, and creativity.
In Friendship through Flowers
Anju Bhardwaj </strong