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 held creative positions in less than creative organizations before feeling in harmony with my work which began when I joined the eclectic record label, Ellipsis Arts. I then joined forces with pop-culture marketing company Green Galactic and became their Creative Director.
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 rut to produce cultural events while doing freelance publicity to stay afloat. Then I began a series of conceptual art works such as The Vomitorium and No Bush.
In 2005 I fulfilled a wish by creating 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. Today Swap-O-Rama-Rama can be found in over one hundred cities around the world. It is a non-profit by way of fiscal sponsorship from 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 study of life hands on. A blog that I keep with Mikey Sklar called Holy Scrap shares these experiences.
In 2011 I began a cottage industry to sell botanicals that I make from wildcrafted plants from the Chihuahuan desert. The Holy Scrap store also sells home brew electronics made by my partner, Mikey Sklar.
My book The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living was published by Storey Publishing (June 2013). It shares how I went about creating a decommodified life during this time in which the whole world is for sale. I am the recipient of 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 also written for Make, Craft, and Sufi Magazine.
I have found that contemplative life is essential to happiness. I am a graduate of The Suluk Academy (2008), a yoga teacher, and I founded a small SOI center in Truth or Consequences, NM. I am a council member of The Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. I lead contemplative retreats and workshops.
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