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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…

  • Dolls that reflect their creator

    February 20, 2020 by

    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

  • Fifth generation in stone

    February 5, 2020 by

    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

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