Dreamed. Drawn. Done.
“I thought this was just an art class! It’s so much more!”
“‘I have a coach, but you explained things in a way that I understood so completely. You opened the door for me!”
“I can’t believe it! I want to say thank you as I couldn’t have come to this point without your classes and drawing!”
“Thanks a lot for being you in front of me…who was in search of myself at that time.
You taught me, not only about drawing, but also about being my real self”
“An environment that revealed what I had always thought was missing”
“I am much happier now about how my life is going!”
CORPORATE: Shine a Light on a Cause | Creative Collaboration with LUSH Japan: Celebrating & Raising Awareness for Henoko, Japan
Incredible event celebrating Henoko, Okinawa at the LUSH Store, Omotesando, Tokyo. Wholehearted thank you to the incredibly hard working team at LUSH Japan. Maho Takahashi for her tireless organization, insight, dedication, passion and for inviting me to be part of this creative collaboration celebrating Henoko with body painting.
“Divya prioritises the connection with people as well as heart and thoughts involved. It was exactly what we were seeking… to communicate to protect the area but to share how local people are feeling and how that matters to us. Although very skilled in professional and inspirational aspects, I consider Divya’s most valuable strengths to be her warmth of character, honesty and high integrity, strong communicative ability. These qualities earned her the respect of those around her. She performed a long-hour body painting at our window which offered a beautiful introduction to the issue we strongly care about and were hoping to share with our customers in a positive way, and it was just perfect. Yes we will be happy to work with Divya again and highly recommend her to any others who may be interested in her creative services.”
たくさんの気づきと喜びを感じさせてくれた絵のクラス♡ Divya先生がね いつも笑顔で 本当に素敵なのです♩ 物事には色んな側面があるし いつも明るくニコニコはしていられないけれど
向き合ったり 考えたり いつもポジティブじゃなくてもいいし 描くことも パーフェクトを決めて始めなくていい 全然 自分の思い通りの絵じゃなくても だからって 描く事を止める必要はどこにも無い こんな単純なことなのに どうして 何年も動けなかったんだろう …「どうして」って思うことは いつも振り返ってしか そう感じないから ちゃんと動いたことを 褒めることにしよっと♡
自分に甘め♩笑 ＊ 今月末は作品のお披露目会…ドキドキ… ＊
“Love my drawing class, lessons and teacher♡ Through to face to beautiful roses, I can now remember my positive feeling of drawing like as childhood!” – Hisaka, Drawing Class of 2016
“The beautiful ladies from my Afrika Rose drawing class. This was such a fun, inspiring, supportive group of women. I’m so happy I went on this journey with them. Thank you Divya for bringing us all together and helping us see what we’re capable of.” – Jenny, Drawing Class of 2016
Ellis Pieters, Senior Strategic Development Analyst, Sun Life Indonesia, Finance Manager, ING Life Insurance Japan, BEHANCE Japan
“Drawing – something I had always wanted to try. Actually I was convinced I couldn’t draw at all! It was so scary for me in the beginning. But somehow, step by step, I just started feeling more relaxed about it and drawing became a certain mindset. What if you do things, without thinking too much about it – just because you FEEL it is good for you. From then on, everything that happened seemed logical.
I am much happier now about how my life is going.”
British Chamber of Commerce Japan & Peaceboat Volunteer Weekend: Fishing Container Painting Project with Artist Shuhei Sakimura, Onagawa Art Guild. Rebuilding following the earthquake & tsunami of 2011 in Tohoku, Japan.
Full Video ‘500 Miles’ :
Article in the BCCJ Magazine Acumen: https://www.bccjapan.com/news/2012/10/bccj-becomes-fishermans-friend/
GROUP CLASSES At Afrika Rose, Tokyo
Here at Afrika Rose, the roses are our teachers. Through drawing, we’ve been finding out what they have to say.
“You opened the door for me! There’s so much possibility!”
FEW (For Empowering Women in Japan) 2016 Career Strategies Seminar & Drawing Workshop
Ellen P. Motohashi, Columbia International School PTSA
‘Celebrate-Create-Generate’ – A Day Dedicated To Creativity
“Divya came for a visit to Columbia International School…She and I had been developing a day long live art event that would involve all of the students at the school from the kindergarten up to the seniors…over 250 students. Through joint collaboration and discussion we worked out a plan that would cater to the interests of the students, showcase Divya’s extensive talents, as both an artist and an educator, and involve the students in a shared art-creating experience.
They were so proud of their accomplishments, proving as such in the highest compliment one can receive these days, with selfies in front of the works of art! For many, this was one of the most fulfilling and memorable events at the school all year. Thank you Divya for your magic and your passion!”
TEDx YOUTH Collaborative Mural With Artist Shuhei Sakimura, Onagawa Art Guild, Rebuilding Tohoku & Tokyo International School
Celebrating new life and ourselves. Read Joanna’s beautiful piece about her experience and why she wanted to do this here: Making Peace With My Belly
“I really enjoyed Divya’s art session – it is very easy-going, and you can be as creative as you choose to be. If you are a beginner, Divya’s guidance will help you lose the fear for drawing, and if you are someone trying to improve in some particular areas, she will give you constructive, encouraging feedback to challenge yourself and gain confidence. And all the positive energy and glowing smiles you get by attending the session? … Simply priceless!”
COLLABORATION: Time Lapse Painted Dragon Mural for 2012 Year of the Dragon
With Musician, Sorcha Chisholm & Time Lapse Photography by Peter Blake
Time Lapse Video:
COMMUNITY: Shine On Kids Fund Raising Gala, Grand Hyatt, Tokyo. Supporting children with cancer & other illnesses & their families in Japan
COMMUNITY: Tokyo Helps Fund Raising Events: Tokyo Helps Pakistan & Tokyo Helps Tohoku: Flier Design & Live Painting
Samar Shaheryar, Founder & President
“While I ran Tokyo Helps, Divya was our Head of Donor and Community Relations as well as our Creative Head. Divya would be an outstanding asset to any organization. She is tireless in her dedication to a job, an out of the box thinker who is willing to take risks as well as someone with excellent attention to detail and follow through. Divya is also an unforgettable person due to her kindness and enthusiasm for life. As a result she has built up an extensive network of contacts in Tokyo, from which we benefitted greatly as an organization. For our charity events in Tokyo Divya wore a number of caps. She created stunning advertising for us, liaised with various media organizations to spread the word, introduced us to local talent who performed at our events and managed their performance, procured donations from businesses around the city and donated her own live paintings. Despite a busy schedule she was always available to help out and raised her hand for additional duties many times. She was, for me, our most valuable volunteer.”
COMMISSION: Ecomesse Recycle Shop Shutter Painting, Sangenjaya, Tokyo
“Encouraging sustainability & a dedication to & inspired by our beautiful environment and shared planet”
Devon Bartlett, Director, Co-Founder & Head Teacher, Pitter Patter Preschool
“Divya was such a pleasure to come to our school – with her bubbly personality, the children fell in love with her before she even started face painting! She made all the children feel comfortable and we definitely look forward to working with her again!”
Sakura Tomodachi Collaborative Mural created with students to raise funds for two Sendai kindergartens destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami
EtonHouse International School – Peter Ackerman, Director
“In the wake of the March 11th 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, Divya’s care and respect of all people and her desire to help was evident as she led our school’s ‘Sakura Tomodachi’ charity fund raiser in which money was raised for two Sendai kindergartens that were devastated by the tsunami, through a large scale art mural created through collaboration with our students.“
ART CLASS/CREATIVITY COACHING
Nirmin Juber, Art Student
“I would recommend your classes to anyone, because in this class anyone can learn the techniques how to draw, even if anyone had no prior experience dealing with art before. For me as a total beginner, this art class helps me to build my confidence to start new things and since the classes has structured curriculum, every week I can be introduced to the art techniques gradually. My motivation to take class is to have knowledge of basic art to prepare myself more when I am in my home country. Since I believe, to have good art instructor in Tokyo will give new perspective for me to see the arts itself. Surprisingly, my prediction is right.
The art instructor’s way of teaching is so personal and she tries to teach patiently and giving constant feedback as necessary. Personally speaking, since I am intimate person and like to share things, to have an open art instructor to take conversation with is very important for me, and I have an opportunity to exchange ideas as well through this art class. So, this class becomes interesting for me. In the future, I will use the knowledge that I gain to create art by myself as healing process and for creative process as well. So, for me this class meet my expectancy already and I will keep carefully all the knowledge, weekly lesson conclusion and feedback to be used in my future. I am very grateful to have an opportunity to meet you and have your class to widening my perspective about the art and life experience itself.”
COMMISSIONS & EVENTS
Dragon Mural Paintings & Collaborative Performances, Japan
Tokyo International Players Community Theatre, Jon Reimer, Director
“I have known Divya in my capacity as a Director for Tokyo International Players in Tokyo. As a scenic painter, she worked closely with the set designer and myself to create beautiful and elaborate, large scale theatrical sets for audiences of over 300 people. Divya has a number of strengths to offer professionally. Her skills as a painter are apparent when observing her work, but what truly sets her apart as an artist is her skillful ability to create art simply and effectively on a large scale. For example, one set included a 2-metre high story book and another a 5-metre high street backdrop. We were thoroughly pleased with her ideas and thefinal result, which from the distance of the audience was beautiful and effective. Beyond her skills as an artist Divya is an impressively pleasant person to work with as someone who stays positive and optimistic and always open to collaboration.“
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, David Anderson, Executive Director
“I have been lucky enough to have had Divya’s diligent support as a Volunteer and Gold Donor Sponsor at a number of CCCJ events. She has played a key role in ensuring the success of the two largest-ever CCCJ events; our CCCJ Tohoku Support Gala and Joint-Chamber Summer Cocktail, each attracting well over 300 attendees. Divya brings a high-level of professionalism, excellent organizational skills and an über-positive attitude to the projects she is involved in. With her diverse background and experience, she excels in international settings recognizing and responding to cultural sensitivities and niceties with ease. She is a pleasure to work with and it is my hope to continue to have her support as a volunteer at CCCJ functions moving forward. With Divya’s positive energy, proactive attitude and commitment to success I highly recommend her”
Nikko Park Lodge, Nikko Ken Sakamoto, Manager
“The artwork Divya created for Nikko Park Lodge has been greatly appreciated by numerous visitors. Our foreign guests are especially excited about the exclusive Nikko-themed mural that’s being prominently displayed in our cafe/bar. We have also received a lot of positive comments from local people, who have been saying that Divya’s painting on the shutter of the cafe is a special, recognizable part of Nikko. The artwork matches wonderfully with the casual, yet engaging atmosphere we intend to create, and is a perfect eclectic mixture of traditional Japanese art and modern Western styles. Our guests have pointed out the skillful brush techniques, with which the three monkeys were created, as well as the very selective yet effective color panel that makes it a really unique mural. I’m very happy with the paintings Divya provided for Nikko Park Lodge, and I’m happy to display more work from this excellent, beautiful artist! Keep on rocking!”
Bar Oliviero, Italian Bar, Shiodome, Tokyo Manager, Hiromi Kinukawa
“Divya’s work at Bar Oliviero brought a different and unique power. Firstly, her wild and powerful drawing attracted many passers by who stopped to take pictures and it was even noticeable from trains passing through! Secondly, because she painted the window after taking a lot of time to discuss my character and ideas, the people who know me could easily find my bar, which can be hard to spot. Also, her dynamic painting of my hometown in Italy, brought a strong Italian feeling to the quarter in which the bar is located: ‘Little Italy in Tokyo’. This ‘Little Italy’, called ‘Shiodome Italia’, was designed, planned and constructed by Japanese designers who created a somewhat Italian atmosphere but one that wasn’t exactly the same. Divya’s drawing with its various colours and curves expresses the true style of Italy and provides the people who work, live, and visit the area with the true feeling and sense of Italy. My objective to present true Italy to this “not yet Italian” quarter is definitely helped by Divya’s artwork. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants real art to be present at their restaurant, bar, shop, office or even more.”
EVENTS: Dragon Rising
A Unique Body Art Collaboration from 3 British Women Rising Up, Rebuilding & Celebrating 2012 Year of the Dragon
“When in doubt, draw”
Creativity will always lead you forward & from there, there’s no looking back!