Maria Jose Ordonez, also known as Joshe Ordonez is a multi-disciplinary community artist, fashion designer, and stylist. She focuses on the combination of cultural heritage and contemporary art and design in order to preserve and promote techniques and practices from ethnic minority communities. Most of her work requires the participation of an audience, in this way She is able to encourage conversations around traditions, fair trade practices, consumption, and pollution. As a historian, Ordonez is committed to research ancient techniques from South America and its possible applications into the fashion and design industry to create sustainable processes.
Her work manifests in a variety of mediums including photography, video, design projects, garments, visual arts, workshops, and symposia. Her work has been published in local and international magazines, newspapers and blogs. Ordonez has won several awards and recognitions such as XPOTEX, A National Fashion Design Competition in Ecuador for two consecutive years. In 2015 She became one of the finalists of the design competition organized by Runway by Modalab. This summit had the support of major companies such as Vogue Mexico and Mercedes Benz that helped to position Ecuador in the fashion map for the first time.
In 2017 Ordonez was invited to the United Nations as a panel during the 55th Commission for Social Development to talk about sustainable and social development in the fashion Industry. She has recently delivered talks and presentations at Pratt Institute (New York), The Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center (New York) and at ARDIS, The Design Week for Crafts organized by the Interamerican Center of Crafts and Folk Art (Ecuador).
Ordonez is a graduate of the Design Management Master program at Pratt Institute (2018) and received grants to execute her projects from Pratt in 2016 and 2017. One of those projects is Loop Fairtrade, a digital platform that connects Ecuadorian artisans with global designers to co-create ethical products.
This year, Ordonez launched the first Toquilla Straw workshop ever made in the U.S.A and was part of the Tek-Tiles Team, a project of the BFDA that focused on integrating technology into smart garments and functional textiles.