Donna Ramsammy James is the embodiment of the rich diversity of Guyana and the Caribbean. With Indian, Chinese and African roots, Donna was raised in a milieu of Arts and Culture. From age four, she was enrolled her in ballet classes, thereby beginning what was to be a life of Choreography, Creativity and Cultural pursuits.
A versatile choreographer, dancer, and artist, Donna is today best known for Design and its display of ethnic fusion, art through fashion, traditional cultural styles, dress, motifs, and notions. In the wider Caribbean Donna became familiar with Caribbean culture, tradition, apparel, and cuisine through work-related visits to most of the English-speaking Caribbean, Spanish–speaking Puerto Rico and Venezuela, Dutch-and French St. Martin, and Aruba.
In East Africa for twelve years, Donna immersed herself in the international setting of Kenya with its broad multicultural swath of East African women, including Kikuyu, Kikamba, Masai, Ethiopian, Somali, and those of an active Asian (primarily Gujarati) Diaspora. That association with designers and craftspeople helped Donna develop a commitment to the indigenous and natural.
Today under the brand name SHAPE2000, the themes of her annual collections capture her commitment and experience.
2001: “A Touch of El Dorado”
2002: “Cultural Mosaic”
2003: “Calypso in Colour”
2004: “Umoja Sasa”
2009. The Treveni Experience
2010: Spirit of the Caribbean
2012: Afrika Milele
Donna has held exhibitions in Anguilla, Barbados, Canada, England, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, and USA-Florida. . Commitments for Suriname and London-UK in 2012 are underway