Export Ecuador Art

by | Mar 30, 2010 | Archives

Here is a story about exporting Ecuadorian art that has never been told in its entirely.

This story, about people and ideas,  can bring you extra income… especially if you love art and fine crafts.


The people and…


the ideas.

See below pictures of an Ecuadorian workshop that have never been shown before.

The story begins long ago when Diana Carrasco, one of Ecuador’s best known artists and designers who lives in Cotacachi, studied philosophy and literature at Cuenca University.   She designs and creates unique Ecuadorian art and has artisans who produce her creations in a previously secret way.

Her passion even at university was handicrafts and art.   This interest broadened when she studied in the US before becoming the Director of Tourism for Southern Ecuador which required travel to places like Cuzco and Mexico. Then she became Sub Director of Ecuador’s National Tourism.

That post led her on many travels, Europe, Israel and Latin America during a time she was doing a post-graduate degree in tourism projects involved with handicrafts.

Diana realized that Ecuadorian artisans were extremely talented  but often lacked imagination so she organized an Ecuador competition and exhibition of design in handicrafts.


Wooden carving of virgin designed by Diana Carasco and made by her dedicated craftsmen in her own workshop at San Antonio de Ibarra.

Later she traveled to Seville for EXPO 92 representing Ecuador where due to lack of funding, Ecuador exhibited the worst of Ecuador’s craft.

Disillusioned she resigned her government post on returning with the belief  that if Ecuadorian craftspeople could be guided, their work would be much better. At that time the mentality was to produce a lot of craft of inferior quality to make a living.

She started her own workshop… recruited the finest artisans and began to create incredible wood carvings covered in gold leaf like this horse and…


incredible gold and bejeweled wooden Faberge eggs!  These eggs are incredibly precious, but because they are made out of wood, they are not fragile.


She guided her workers in her workshop as they openly admit “we can copy but we can’t create”.

Diana insists on and follows 4 rules: –

Proportion; size of arms and legs are equal in proportion, flowers painted to the correct size.

Harmony; colors combine.

Elegance; her art brings elegance to people’s homes.

Fantasy; the creativity used brings fantasy to worldly subjects.


Attention to detail illustrated here and…



Diana’s creativity comes from her own life, nature, Ecuadorian folklore and her own travels. She started with just religious symbols – she saw plain ornaments in crafts villages and thought – why not paint them with gold?   Her wooden hand carved statues are then covered in gold leaf which is then revealed by etching the underlying design from the overlying oil paint.

Recently Merri was invited by Diana to visit her special workshop with a few friends.  This was the first time the public had been allowed inside… and photos to be taken… ever.

None of us have ever known before its location or the people who create for Diana!

Dina’s work begins with these…


blocks of wood and…


and inspiration.  The ideal and…










their apprentices.

leads to…


the raw underlying statue.  Then the…




go to…


work applying plaster… gold leaf and paint.

The final chapter of…

Ecuadorian-art tags



story is incredibly beautiful.


We help readers turn their passion into extra income… doing what they love… with people they like, in places they enjoy.

If you love art and fine crafts and want to earn income in Ecuador, you can visit Diana’s workshop on our upcoming Ecuador export tour.

What was the reason that Merri was invited to this heretofore secret workshop?  Diana is beginning to retire from her work.  She is now wanting her faithful workers, designers, painters and woodcarvers to continue to thrive by opening this workshop to our readers and friends!  Although we regret that Diana won’t be as active as she has, we are thrilled to offer this beauty and uniqueness of her special long trained creators.

Join Bonnie Keough in April for the Export Expedition and visit this extraordinary studio and workshop!


Join Merri and me in North Carolina this June.   Learn more about way to earn income abroad.  June 24-27  Quantum Wealth & International Investing and Business North Carolina

Learn how to gain earning freedom with Ecuador exports at our Ecuador Export Expedition Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May 9-12       Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Cotacachi Ecuador

May  13-14    Ecuador Shamanic Minga

May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour

May  22-23    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour

May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

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Here is the balance of our 2010 schedule.

June 24-27 International Investing and Business North Carolina

June 28-29    Ecuador Travel & Andes

June 30-Jul 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

2010 Summer Schedule

July 3-4      Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 6-7      Quito Real Estate Tour
July 9-10     Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Sept.   3-6   Ecuador Export Tour
Sept.   8-9   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 11-12   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Sept. 14-15   Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Sept. 17-18   Ecuador Shamanic Mingo

Oct.    7     Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct.   8-10   International Investing & Business North Carolina
Oct.   11-12  Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Oct.  13-14   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Oct.  16-17   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Oct.  19-20   Quito Real Estate Tour
Oct. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Nov.    4-7   Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida
Nov.    8-9   Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Nov. 10-11    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 13-14    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Nov. 16-17    Quito Real Estate
Nov. 19-20    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Dec.   3-5    Ecuador Shamanic Mingo
Dec.   7-8    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Dec.  10-11   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Dec. 13-14    Quito Real Estate Tour
Dec. 16-17    Cuenca Real Estate Tour