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After more than 14 years of teaching the art of doll crafting around the world I have many wonderful experiences that I would like to share with others who love Japanese art. Here I am looking at all of you out there, come and join me and this beautiful art. Together we will discover great things, and wonderful friendships will grow.
- 2009 Nadia is the president of the Silk Painting International
Chapter of Maryland, Virginia and D.C.
- 2009 Nadia teaches silk painting and art to home schooling kids
from 6 grade up.
- 2009 Nadia is intensifying her silk art and is planning to
exhibit in different galleries.
- 2008 She is perfecting her silk painting and has been also
teaching a very old Italian art called Venetian Paper cutting with
different Media. A very old Renaissance art that disappeared for
centuries. She discovered it and is now teaching through the
- 2007 Nadia started teaching silk painting classes in the
community for seniors, and adult education centers.
- 2007 Nadia taught summer camps for
children from middle school and up, at Howard Community college.
- 2007 she has also started working on silk
painting using her textile course experience.
- 2007 Nadia continued her university
education with the San Francisco Fashion and design and this time
she took a course in Textile design.
- 2006 Nadia has taken a course at the
university of San Francisco in Fashion design Croquis.
- Nadia worked for the United Nations until
1975, when she left her job to marry a Japanese Gentleman.
- She studied Ikebana Ikenobo School of
Flower Arrangement, with her mentor Tokiko Miyakawa from 1977
through 1986 in McLean Virginia until her departure to the
- Nadia's dolls have been selected to be on
exhibit at the oldest National Civic Museum in Italy, starting
- Nadia has attendend Kimono school 2002.
- Nadia visited the Kyugetsu Kimekomi
- Her highest degree at that time in Ikebana
- She then had met Several times the
Headmaster and, his Family SOSHO IKENOBO.
- For the Tea Ceremony School that she was
then studying she also met the Headmaster SOSHO SEN
In 1980 a baby girl was born.
- Nadia continued to teach Ikebana and
Miyuki Silk Flower making until 1986 when she and her family left
for the Philippines.
- In 1985 Nadia taught at the Smithsonian
Institute Miyuki Art Flower.
- In 1986 Nadia encountered Kimekomi dolls,
and fell in love with the dolls.
- 1987 with the help of a Japanese friend in
the Philippines she enrolled in 2 Schools.Kyugetsu, Miyabi.
- 1989 she graduated from Miyabi doll making
School with a teacherís degree and Kanban, the highest degree called
- 1992, she graduated from Kyugetsu School
with a teacherís degree and another KYOJU certification
(Professorship) with her Kanban.
- In 1987 several articles were written in
the Philippine-Japan Cultural Newspaper about her art.
- In 1987 she was invited to attend the
International Society for Education through Arts, for the Southeast
Asia Pacific Region.
- In 1998 invited by the Japanese Embassy
Manila she lectured, demonstrated and sold her Kimekomi dolls.
- In 1998 she was hired by the Japanese
Embassy to preserve the huge collection of dolls that belonged to
the embassy of Japan in Manila.
- Nadia taught at the Clark Air force Base
- In 1991, she was invited by President
Acquino to help create YAME WASHI Paper in the Philippines.
- She had the honor of meeting a famous YAME
WASHI master Sensei SHIGEYUKI MATSUO from the Fukuoka Prefecture.
- Nadia was well known in the Philippines,
as the Kimekomi Teacher for the International School Manila from
1988 through 1992 when she and her family returned to the United
- Nadia has been on Television demonstrating
Kimekomi in the Philippines several times.
- She had shows at the Intercon Hotel with
all her students for several years.
- She was chosen to maintain and preserve
the private collection of the Japanese dolls and Kimonos, given to
President Coracon Acquino by Japanese Dignitaries, and his Majesty
the Emperor Hirohito.
- Nadia had many articles written about her
dolls, among the local magazines called Mr&Ms. Womanís Magazine, and
the regular newspapers, whenever she had shows and demonstrations.
- Special articles were written about her in
MABUHAY In-flight Magazine of Philippine Airlines in 1991.
- Lifestyle Asia International in March of
- 1988 she founded Nadia Bella, an export
company with Japanese designs, which was very well received in the
- Articles about Nadia Bella and her
products were included in the ASIAN SOURCES GIFTS AND HOMES
PRODUCTS, February 1992.
- 1988 She was hired as a World Bank
Consultant for design at the CITEM Philippine Trade Center, were she
created new lines of products for local NGOís.
- She sent her designers from the Design
Center of the Philippines to Japan for the first time with 15
original designed dolls, to be exhibited, in the Sister City of
Manila in Japan. With her help the Mayor contributed in helping her
local designers to receive International Exposure, among them Mr.
Lorenzo Sarmiento and Mr. Obett.
- In 1993 she had her dolls exhibited at the
Textile Museum in Washington D.C.
- In 1997 Nadia donated some of her dolls to
the Special Childrenís Hospital in Boston.
- In 1997 Nadia met through the Internet an
autistic child named Alistaire, who has been studying with her every
since. He resides in Canada, and comes down occasionally to work
directly with her. He won the Award for best artist in his school.
- In 2000 she was selected from the Whoís
Who as an Honored Member for Professional, Academic, and Civic
- She has also taught workshops in Portland,
- She also taught at G.Street Fabrics.
- Nadia also joined many local , National
and International Gift and Trade Shows, for her dolls.
- 2002 Nadia was selected in the French
- 2002, Nadia is still studying with her
School Kyugetsu, in perfecting for Kimekomi Skills, and creating a
whole new line of dolls.
- She is writing about the Kimekomi dolls in
several International Magazines.
- La Bacchetta Magica Italy,
- The Doll Magazine UK.
- Nadia has certified students from 20
countries. Now through the Internet she is teaching online worldwide
and certifying many more.
- Through her life Nadia has met many famous
- Among them the world famous Noh Drama
Group with the Intangible Cultural Asset Master Homma Fusataka.
- Through the kind assistance of the
Japanese Embassy in Manila, she was able to meet personally this
Cultural Treasure, and receive one on one, instructions of how to
wear the Noh costumes and masks.
- In 2002 Nadia visited the Kyugetsu Factory
in Japan to see how the dolls were made.
- In 2001 Nadia's dolls have been placed in
permanent exhibit at the Italian Museum in Italy.
- As of 2006 Nadia is still taking courses
at her School in Tokyo.