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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

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…

  • Little black ones

    March 25, 2020 by

    If the 2020 census takers have visited you, then you were asked if you had African heritage. The question is significant because it is the first time it is being asked. Previously, ethnic diversity was represented in the census only through language(s) spoken, as a way to count those of indigenous heritage. The rationale behind… Read more

  • Shoes and pottery tucked away in northern Veracruz

    March 18, 2020 by

    As anyone who has gone off the beaten path in Mexico can tell you, the country is still filled with hidden gems…small towns which have preserved their identity and charm, which, of course, can include handcrafts. I first heard of Naolinco, Veracruz at the annual doll fair in Amealco, Querétaro. In the town’s doll museum,… Read more

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