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.
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
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
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