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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 – 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!

Published articles

How to Buy Authentic Mexican Handcrafts – Expats in Mexico

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

Newspaper contributions

Mexico News Daily

All stories done for Mexico News Daily

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…

  • Back and forth across the Pacific or Is it Mexican?

    December 3, 2019 by

    Before I write this post, I’m going to have to make a confession. When I first saw these crocheted figures, I immediately dismissed them… and for the same reasons that a lot of newer handcrafts done by women are dismissed. I simply assumed that it these were copies of some fad in the United States… Read more

  • “National” Doll Festival in Amealco

    November 26, 2019 by

    How a good idea gets smothered by competing interests. Amealco is a small town located in southern Queretaro near the borders with the State of Mexico and Michoacan. It is a largely Otomi area, where women in traditional dress and the Otomi language are easy to find. It has recently been designated as a Pueblo… Read more

  • Weaving religion

    November 19, 2019 by

    If you live in central Mexico long enough, you will inevitably come across the name of an indigenous group called the hñähñu or more commonly, the Otomi. Unlike the Mexica (Aztec) or the Purhepecha, the Otomi did not have a grand empire in the centuries before the Spanish Conquest. Their history has been shaped by… Read more

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