Fundraising Summary: Abenah Adelaide Gonzalez, daughter of renown fine artist, the late Christopher Francis Gonzalez (Order of Distinction) is very passionate about the creative industries, particularly textile art/ fabric design. She is enrolled as the first Jamaican to attend one of the world’s top 6 design universities, the University of the Arts, London: Central Saint Martins. She hopes to pioneer brand Jamaica textile art, place Jamaica on the map in this area, and play her part in building the textile industry in Jamaica so that it may become a viable economic activity on the island, using natural fibres: bamboo, hemp, and sea island cotton. After representing emerging Jamaican designers at the International Fashion Showcase, parallel to London Fashion Week in 2014, Gonzalez was invited to join a pioneering committee, the Brand Jamaica Fashion and Design Group, hosted by the Jamaica Business Development Cooperation (JBDC) and facilitated by the Ministry of Industry and Investment (MIIC). This group aims to rebuild Jamaica’s textile industry. The CHASE Fund, Ministry of Finance Jamaica has awarded her a full tuition scholarship. Her family has offered limited fine artwork by the late, Christopher Francis Gonzalez (Order of Distinction) to assist Abenah’s campaign to pursue her dream of making Jamaica a better place and place Jamaica on the map in yet another area; textiles manufacturing for fashion and interiors. Gonzalez has placed her vision in Vision 2030, “Jamaica, a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.
Virtual viewing: Christopher Francis Gonzalez, O.D. (Order of Distinction) fine art.