Seven Pillars House of Wisdom > Galleries > A Maker of Things: Hands-On Living in Action

A Maker of Things: Hands-On Living in Action

Images by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

Fixed Dimensions

Images with fixed dimensions
images/35x35/1.jpg
  1. Wendy Makes Medicine

    I thought health should be simple and free. In nature I found remedies for everything I need.

  2. Wendy Considers a Tree

    In front of a papercrete dome I made, I consider the difficulty of thinning the peaches on this tree by reducing the number of them to ¼.

  3. Wendy Cuts Bottles

    I cut wine bottles to make windows that let light into the papercrete dome I built.

  4. Wendy Cuts Metal #1

    Though the angle grinder is my least favorite tool, I discovered that I love working with metal. I built the armature of two domes out of metal.

  5. Wendy Cuts Metal #2

    More metal

  6. Wendy Builds a Dome

    One of the two domes I built the armature for out of metal.

  7. Wendy Fixes a Lamp

    I’ll do anything to avoid buying something new and demanding new resources be used for my consumption. Here I’m making a new paper lampshade for an old metal lamp.

  8. Wendy Forages for Prickly Pears

    I forage much of my food and medicine from nature. The prickly pear cactus makes a hydrating drink and can also be an additive for making homemade paint water resistant.

  9. Wendy Makes a Prickly Pear Mix

    The prickly pear cactus mix.

  10. Wendy Makes a Jig

    This homemade jig makes it possible for me to bend uniform rebar shapes.

  11. Wendy Makes Paint

    I mixed natural raw umber with lye to make paint.

  12. Wendy Thatches a Shade Wall

    I thatched a shade wall using free salt cedar. Salt cedar is an invasive tree that uses too much water, so it is guilt free to use for a variety of domestic projects!

  13. Wendy Fixes a Flip Flop

    While hiking, we fixed our friends busted flip flop with some high fiber leaves from a yucca.

  14. Wendy Learns About Dutch Ovens

    At one of our skill sharing parties, a friend of ours taught a dutch oven cooking class.

  15. Wendy Organizes a Free Clothing Swap

    I organize a free community clothing swap in Truth or Consequences, where I live. We hold them about 4 times a year.

    Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
  16. Wendy’s New Book

    The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

    A practical, contemplative, action oriented manual for life in a post-consumer age.

    Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
  17. Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

    Wendy Jehanara Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before moving to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis in a barren RV park with her partner, Mikey Sklar.

    She is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which is celebrated in over 100 cities around the world, and has repurposed hundreds of thousands of pounds of textile waste and transformed thousands of consumers into creators; a conceptual artist; a yogi; a Sufi mystic; a gardener; and a writer. She has written for Craft’s webzine and Make magazine and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog Holy Scrap.

    Wendy Jahanara is graduate of Suluk Academy, a SOI trained retreat guide and founder of a SOI center in Truth or Consequences, where hosts other teachers and guides retreats. In June 2013 she released her first book, The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living.

    www.gaiatreehouse.com


Reflections on

The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

Life is a single Whole. In the end, nothing in this world is separable from anything else. You and I are who we are because of everyone and everything that has come before us. And everyone and everything that comes after us will bear the trace of who we have been: what we have thought, what we have said, and what we have done. The past is our heritage, the future is our legacy, and the present is our moment of truth.

We have been born into a world that is fast-changing. Never have so many men and women lived upon the earth. Never have men and women taken so much from the earth. The planet is groaning under the strain of our demands. Glaciers are melting, rivers turning toxic, rubbish heaping up, species vanishing — all so that we may keep up a way of life that gives us happiness. But are we really happy?

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and Mikey Sklar set out to find a state of happiness that could not be bought with dollar bills. They let go of the corporate ladder and planted their feet on solid ground. By trial and error, with faith and vision, they built a new life, a life of work and play and celebration under the vast desert sky. Their fascinating book, The Good Life Lab, tells their story.

The dervishes of old were known for their patched robes. When their robes tore or wore out, rather than buying new ones, they patched the ones they had. In time, like Joseph’s famous cloak, their robes became quilts of many colors. Wendy and Mikey have made the whole of their life a patchwork robe. For all with eyes to see, that priceless dervish robe is a manifest sign of the bounty that is forever.

– Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Click here to read an article adapted from Wendy Jehanara Tremayne’s new book,
The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living.

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan’s reflections were originally published in The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living (c) Wendy Jehanara Tremayne.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before moving to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis in a barren RV park with her partner, Mikey Sklar. She is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which is celebrated in over 100 cities around the world, and has repurposed hundreds of thousands of pounds of textile waste and transformed thousands of consumers into creators; a conceptual artist; a yogi; a Sufi mystic; a gardener; and a writer. She has written for Craft’s webzine and Make magazine and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog Holy Scrap. Wendy Jahanara is graduate of Suluk Academy, a SOI trained retreat guide and founder of a SOI center in Truth or Consequences, where hosts other teachers and guides retreats. In June 2013 she released her first book, The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living (Storey Publishing, 2013). www.gaiatreehouse.com

 

Read more about Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

Comments (0)
  • No comments have yet been posted, be the first one!
Add your comment
  • Please enter the word you see in the image below:

© Copyright 2013 Seven Pillars. All rights reserved.
.