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Leigh Thelmadatter

Leigh Thelmadatter
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Leigh Thelmadatter has lived in central Mexico for 17 years. Initially she came to teach English, but fell in love with the land and the culture, so she did what any good writer does... document. With her photographer-husband Alejandro Linares Garcia, she has traveled extensively in the country, with the purpose of putting information not before available online or in English. Her work has culminated so far in the blog Creative Hands of Mexico https://creativehandsofmexicodotorg.wordpress.com/ and her first book, Mexican Cartonería: Paper, Paste and Fiesta (Schiffer 2019).https://www.schifferbooks.com/mexican-cartonera-a-paper-paste-and-fiesta-6738.html. She also is a cultural correspondent for Mexico News Daily and does freelance writing.
Amate bark paper from San Pablito, Mexico

The Amate Bark Paper of San Pablito

Browsing around the tourist markets of Mexico, one of the items you may see for sale is a rough brown paper on which brightly...
Tepozteco Mountain Morelos, Mexico

Living the Bohemian Lifestyle in Tepoztlán

Expat communities seem to start in places where people can satisfy their bohemian urges. Over the years, many expats have been living the bohemian...
Trinidad Núñez Quiñones in his studio in Durango, Mexico

A Quiet Man from Durango

In a corner of Casa de Cultura, Durango City’s main cultural center, works a quiet man from Durango whose humble appearance belies the impact...
Woman on a backstrap loom in Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca Crafts Open the Door to a Timeless World

Oaxaca’s handcrafts give an important perspective into this state’s many varied cultures. It is Mexico’s most diverse and traditional state owing to its extremely...
Casa de las Artesanias de Michoacán

How to Buy Authentic Mexican Handcrafts

So, you have bought a number of really cool looking objects from street vendors and tourist markets in Mexico. But what exactly have you...