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.
Writings about the book
Libro bilingüe busca dar a conocer la cartonería a un público extranjero – La Jornada newspaper, Mexico City
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!
“Alebrijes,” Handcrafted Monsters on Parade in Mexico City – Craftsmanship Quarterly
San Miguel Times
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
From Persia to State of Mexico to Chiapas Persian knotted rugs… done in Chiapas.
This damn pandemic continues to affect the livelihoods of Mexican artisans, most likely for the rest of the year. Perhaps one good thing to come of this will be the embrace of digital resources to promote and sell Mexico’s handcrafted items. Most artisans have not really taken advantage the Internet to sell. One reason certainly … Continue reading (COVID) Necesity is the mother of digital invention
Tonani Lirio de los Valles is a 3-generation artisan family business, which has taken traditional Tenango embroidery to a new level. The family is not from the town of Tenango, but the embroidery style is the inheritance of this entire area on the Hidalgo/Puebla border called the Sierra Otomi Tepehua. The family is Otomi and … Continue reading Taking Otomi embroidery to the next level
The Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art (FOFA) has launched its first of several programs to support Oaxacan folk artists who are facing tremendous financial hardships due to the global pandemic’s severe impact on tourism. FOFA has invited all 165 winners and honorable mention recipients in its five young artists’ competitions (2008, 2011, 2013, 2016 and … Continue reading New York-based handcraft organization working to help Oaxacan artisans in crisis