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Kimberley Wood’s Paper Marbling Workshop, free at idiomART

Kimberley Wood is a US artist living in Cuenca, Ecuador. She makes handmade paper from the fibers of Ecuador: abaca, cotton, pineapple leaves and other fibers found in the wealth of the environment here. Kimberley uses the paper to make sculptural pieces, artists’ books, and installation pieces.

Kimberley is also working with encaustic wax painting. She gets wax from local bee farmers and bleaches it in the sun. Damar resin (sap from a tree in India) is added to make the beeswax stronger and finally, oil pigment is added. Using a heat gun, the wax is manipulated on a board until the desired effect is obtained.


Vegetable and fruit papyrus is made from a variety of materials: beets, cabbage, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, onions, carrots, limes, lemons and oranges.

Kimberley has had numerous art exhibits in the US, at the CIDAP Museum in Cuenca and currently has one of her artist books in a traveling art exhibit in Europe. The exhibit is in Spain at this time.

Papel A Mano (the name of the studio and school) offers workshops in papermaking, paper marbling, making journals and art books, encaustic painting and vegetable/fruit papyrus.

Kimberley will also do commission work.

For the workshop, she'll share about her paper-making methods. The participants will be marbling handmade recycled paper.

Kim will present her workshop at 5 – 45-minute sessions starting at 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 PM. Limit of 6 participants per session.

Participants will have the chance to sign-up for their preferred workshops at 10 AM. Spots are limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. You will be welcome to drop in any time during the day, walk through, see what’s happening, look at Kim’s paper art exhibited, have a pastry, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Thursday, September 28th from 10 AM to 3 PM, 5-92 Manuel Vega y Juan Jaramillo, Cuenca.

Sara: studio@idiomart.net