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.
In a teeny-tiny space on Donceles Street, near the Senate Palace in the historic center of Mexico City, is a store called Tekitl. The name comes from Nahuatl meaning “work” often the kind done for the community, and sometimes its means “craft.” Tekitl is dedicated to the work of Mexico’s papier mache artisans. This is … Continue reading Giving papier mache artisans their own proper store
I so greatly appreciate your patience with these three blog posts. It next to impossible to get a lot of work done when people are tearing apart and putting one, if not the, most important room in the house. However, the plumber and tile guys are done…. This does not mean the bathroom is completly … Continue reading The bathroom round-up… for now….
The difference between good work and not-so-good work is in the details. Last week, I posted the first pictures of the bathroom that I am finally having redone in my apartment. So far, Im pretty happy with maestro Camilo’s work. I’ve had to intervene on a few occasions to clarify and and make sure some … Continue reading Making progress in the bathroom