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.
I now have a website for all my freelance work!
About the blogger
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!
On December 30, 2020, Mexico lost one of its weaving treasures. For 75 years, maestro Evaristo Borboa Casas was a grand master of the art of weaving rebozos, the traditional shawl-wrap of Mexican women since the colonial period. He was born in the town of Tenancingo, State of Mexico in 1927. At the age of … Continue reading Saying goodbye to a master weaver
Feature photo: portrait of Doña Teodora by Paul Petroff, courtesy of Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art Teodora Blanco Nuñez is one of a number of renowned artisans who, in the 20th century who shifted the pottery in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca to decorative pieces and thus, kept a traditional means of making a living … Continue reading Oaxaca’s grand matriarch of decorative pottery
Had to do a border run last week. As with all my trips, I do my best to take advantage of the time and distance. I asked my friend Bertha Garcia (about whom I wrote about here and here) for recommendations. Turns out that one doll maker that she admires lives right on the border … Continue reading Art dolls right up on the Mexico/US border