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
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!
How to Buy Authentic Mexican Handcrafts – Expats in Mexico
“Alebrijes,” Handcrafted Monsters on Parade in Mexico City – Craftsmanship Quarterly
Mexico News Daily
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.
Francis Espinoza is an artist and dollmaker living in Ajijic, Jalisco, but she is not an expat retiree. She inherited her artistic streak from her father’s side, a Monterrey family with more than a few painters and musicians. As a small child, she found it easy to draw, and her father’s canvases intrigued her. As… Read more
On one of my visits to San Miguel Allende, I was told that many gringos still come there hoping to find an old colonial building they can fix up. In San Miguel, the opportunity to do that has long since passed, and many who live there now have to make do with new construction or… Read more
In the small municipality of Jesus Maria, just outside the city of Aguascalientes, the Alvarado family has been linked to the working of stone for generations. Today, the best-known member of the family is Fernando Alvarado, the fifth generation to chisel. The first generations did more utilitarian work, making things like stone water filters, water… Read more