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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…

  • The stone of colonial Mexico

    January 16, 2020 by

    A distinguishing feature of the traditional architecture of central Mexico is the stone buildings found in the historic centers of just about all of the major cities here, and even some formerly bustling mining towns. The architectural style is mostly from the Baroque period, with some Neo classical and Neo Baroque. What all have in… Read more

  • "Rebel" with a needle

    January 8, 2020 by

    When you think of a rebel, you think of someone who is against something or somebody, someone with an angry attitude, or a hippie-wannabe eschewing as many modern conveniences as possible. Leticia Albalat is neither angry nor pridefully signaling to the world that she is different. She simply lives life on her own terms. Her… Read more

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