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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!

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…

  • International pineapples in a dairy town

    May 27, 2020 by

    San José de Gracia is a small traditional agricultural village, but one family there has given the town an international reputation. The town is located in the northeast of Michoacan with a population of about 9,000. It would be forgivable to think that the area is famous for the growing of pineapples, but in reality,… Read more

  • Steady hands and old watches

    May 19, 2020 by

    About 20 years ago, Pedro Romero Ferrer suffered a terrible accident that changed his life forever. He had been working in industrial plumbing… fixing, installing, and constructing heavy pipelines. One day, he fell from a height of over eight meters. He landed on his feet, but the damage done to them ended his career. He… Read more

  • Charming kitsch available online

    May 13, 2020 by

    The Arzolike (ar-so-LEE-kay) workshop mixes new and old in surprising ways. The basis of their work is classic Mexican imagery and pottery techniques but reinvented and urbanized. Many of the 50+ original designs have the same appeal as pop culture items from the US and Japan, but the use of clay and more earthy tones… Read more

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