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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.
Puebla, Mexico Vista de Cholula

Is Puebla the Most Interesting City in Mexico?  

There are a lot of wonderful places to live in Mexico and Puebla happens to be one of them. But is Puebla the most...
The Toymakers of Mexico City

The Toymakers of Mexico City  

The families of Alejandro Camacho Barrera and Miriam Salgado have lived in the Mexico City borough of Xochimilco for more generations than anyone can...
Fine Arts Palace

Almost Six Decades of Life and Art in Mexico City

Women today may feel that “the system” makes their lives impossible, but after almost six decades of life and art in Mexico City, Helen...
View of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Expats Are Discovering San Cristóbal de las Casas  

Expats are discovering San Cristóbal de las Casas, the beautiful colonial city set high in the mountains of southern Chiapas, Mexico’s most southern state....
"Vochol" on display at the Folk Art Museum in Mexico City

The VW Beetle Brings Out Creativity in Mexican Artists  

The VW Beetle brings out creativity in Mexican artists and has inspired people all over the world to paint it with wild colors and...
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...