Making flowers in the rain
Bringing some happy color and blossoms grown outside inside, JAM founder, Helen Hwang, spent a recent afternoon with quiet calm even in relentlessly loud, beautiful rain - later adding a speaker playing K-pop and jazz, steaming hot coffee and her husband to document on their back deck. So much gratification in simple cleaning, sculpting, arranging and breathing.
So excited, lucky and grateful to be delivered an epic bounty of flora during quarantine, I remember learning traditional Korean songs as a child about the flower genari, 개나리, which symbolizes spring's arrival. Forsythia stands for spring sun and anticipation. After winter, we are all longing for warmth, for nature to bloom, more daylight. Up close these amber blossoms have four petals, but from afar they look like a sea of gold. The brilliant yellow color and the endless amount of flowers on each branch is even more welcome this season while we take care bunkering in our homes and carry on in hopeful anticipation of when we can get to the next new normal.