After a fun and fairly meaningless four years of college in New York I meandered through the creative world with stints at book and magazine publishers and in the music business. I was Media Director at eclectic record label, Ellipsis Arts and later Creative Director of pop-culture marketing company Green Galactic.
Along the way, in 1996, I started a record label called 28 Days Records (distributed by Polygram/Ryko) while playing bass and writing songs in my band Moxie. My songs can be heard on TV shows, Dawson's Creek, Joan of Arcadia and Men in Trees.
In 2002 I broke free of the 9 to 5 to produce events while doing freelance publicity to stay afloat. I produced a series of conceptual art works with political messages such as The Vomitorium and No Bush.
In 2005 I fulfilled a wish to create a solution for the lust for stuff. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a community based model for textile repurposing that I have put in the commons so that it may be shared. A grant from Black Rock Arts got the project off the ground. Swap-O-Rama-Rama was produced in hundreds of cities around the world. The project is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts.
In March of 2006 I made an oath to live a post-consumer life and moved from NYC to Truth or Consequences, NM to build an off grid homestead as a way to study life hands-on. A blog that I keep with Mikey Sklar called Holy Scrap shares these experiences that include creating a cottage industry that sells botanicals that I make from wildcrafted plants from the Chihuahuan desert and home brew electronics made by my partner, Mikey Sklar.
My first book The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living was published by Storey Publishing (June 2013). I wrote it for us, the first generations alive to witness the whole world for sale. It explores the idea of living a decommodified life. The book received the 2014 Nautilus Book Award for green living and sustainability. Publisher's Weekly named The Good Life Lab one of the summers best nonfiction reads of 2013. I have written written for Make, Craft, and Sufi Magazine. In 2014 I contributed to several books including The Seven Pillars Journey Towards Widsom multimedia ebook, and to Maker Pro: Essays On Making A Living As A Maker.
I have found that contemplative life is essential to happiness. I am a graduate of The Suluk Academy (2008) and I am a certified yoga teacher. I founded a Center for The Sufi Order International in Truth or Consequences, NM. I am a council member of The Seven Pillars House of Wisdom and I lead contemplative retreats.
In 2015 I will launch a new non-profit project that I've been working on. Keep an eye out!
I have learned that the universe likes to be poked at by our intention. Sometimes it moves for me and I know that the smallest who can change the world.
- Wendy Jehanara Tremayne