Wendy Tremayne

Wendy Tremayne

Wendy is interested in creating a decommodified life. She 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 homestead with her partner, Mikey Sklar. She is founder of the non-profit, textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama (which is celebrated in over 100 cities around the world), a conceptual artist, event producer, yogi, gardener, backpacker, and writer.

She has written for CRAFT’s webzine, Make:, Sufi magazine, and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog: Holy Scrap. She is author of The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living (Storey Publishing, June 2013). Publisher's Weekly named it best summer read for 2013 and the book was awarded the 2014 Nautilus Book Silver Award for Green Living/Sustainability.

Latest from Wendy Tremayne

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While living in Manhattan, I made a pledge to make the goods I need to live rather than buy them. I then spent a decade building an off-grid homestead in the New Mexico desert. I learned to make food, medicine, power, fuel, building materials, and domestic goods. Being a Maker revealed the impact... Read more »


Piquant, fiery, and fast to make, this lacto-fermented version of the classic Korean dish might just get you hooked. Read more »

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Calling All Artists for Swap-O-Rama-Rama, the World’s Largest Textile Repurposing Event, at Maker Faire Bay Area! Nearly one hundred years ago Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” At the time India was struggling to resist British rule. Freedom could be... Read more »


Quilt design and photography by Heather Cameron. Heather Cameron apologizes. Her spectacular patchwork quilt was not composed entirely from objects in roadside dumpsters — she supplemented with secondhand clothing from Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a semiannual event she produces in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she lives. A seasoned reuse artist, Cameron often challenges... Read more »


Think you’ve mastered fire? Make and use a bow drill. Read more »