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Welcome to the Creative Hands of Mexico site. This blog is run by Leigh Thelmadatter, an author, researcher and teacher in Mexico for over 16 years.

My first book! Available from Schiffer Publishing, Amazon and Amazon Mexico

Writings about the book

Mexican Cartonería https://www.jornada.com.mx/ultimas/bloggero.info?merry-macmasters/entrada_2020-05-24

Libro bilingüe busca dar a conocer la cartonería a un público extranjero – La Jornada newspaper, Mexico City

Inspire Magazine of the Brownsville Herald (page 44)

Mexican Cartonería – Tabi Tabi TOYO

Cartonería: The Mexican art of papier mache – Mexconnect

About the author

Leigh Thelmadatter has lived in Mexico since 2003. What started out as a hobby to improve her Spanish and general knowledge of Mexico has bloomed into collaborations with people and organizations all over Mexico. Writing and photographing places, handcrafts, artists and other fascinating people has given her and her husband, Alejandro Linares Garcia, experiences that no tourist could even imagine.

Her focus has shifted to getting as much information available in English, especially in print, in part to counter the negative that seems to dominate the media coverage of Mexico, but also because after 15+ years, Mexico continues to surprise and charm.

Born 1964 in Bayshore NY, she has BAs in linguistics and Spanish as a MA in TESOL. Before going solo, she worked for the Tec de Monterrey for 15 years, and prior to that had about 10 years experience teaching English and writing in the United States.

She currently lives and works in Mexico City and will be there as long as the country lets her!

Articles published about the author

Magazine/Website articles

“Alebrijes,” Handcrafted Monsters on Parade in Mexico City – Craftsmanship Quarterly

All article written for Expats in Mexico

Newspaper contributions

All stories done for Mexico News Daily

San Miguel Times

Thousands of Expats who consider Mexico home, hunker down and wait for the storm to pass

Vallarta Tribune

The Vallarta Tribune went defunct at the end of 2019. Fifty-two of my blog articles were republished as a column under the same name from October 2016 to September 2019

Archive of Creative Hands of Mexico republishings in the Vallarta Tribune

Blog posts

From Persia to State of Mexico to Chiapas Persian knotted rugs… done in Chiapas.

More posts…

A reminder of what we lose during quarantine

During this time of COVID pandemic, Mexico’s paper mache artisans have been especially hard hit. Almost all of their traditional products are regalia for festivals and other celebrations. Although understandably on hold for now, such events have been the glue of Mexican society, making and reaffirming ties that help individuals and families whether life’s storms. … Continue reading A reminder of what we lose during quarantine

Lost and found in San Miguel – a woman discovers Byzantine icon painting

Mary Jane Miller is an artist in San Miguel Allende who fortunately, not only discovered the worth of handcrafts, but also that of religious iconography. Born in Nyack, NY, Miller began her art studies in Boston in the 1970s. She found the experience tough and asked for the school’s catalogue on international exchanges. She opened … Continue reading Lost and found in San Miguel – a woman discovers Byzantine icon painting

Make me if you can

Magia Textil de Severa Santiago is professionally run workshop specializing in the traditional embroidery and textiles of San Antonino Castillo Velasco. San Antonino is one of the Central Valleys’ famous handcraft town, located about 25 km south of the city of Oaxaca. It was once physically separate from the local economic center of Ocotlán, but … Continue reading Make me if you can