The Good Life Lab

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The Good Life Lab

Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

By Wendy Tremayne; Wendy Jehanara Tremayne; Wendy Jehanara Tremayne (Foreword by)

Storey Publishing, Paperback, 9781612121017, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013


This is the inspirational story of how one couple ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City tomove to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and abundance in the process. Alongside their personal story are tips and tutorials to guide readers in the discovery of a fulfilling new lifestyle that relies less on money. Tremayne wholeheartedly believes that everyone has the skill, imagination and creativity to make it work.

Tremayne""not only teaches the art of making biofuel, appliances, structures, gardens, food, and medicine but also presents reasons for makers to share their innovations and ideas through open source and creative commons licenses.She shares the joys of creating out of waste, home manufacture, and reconnecting with nature, and she teaches readers how to live off the grid. Practical, contemplative, and action-oriented, "The Good Life Lab" is the manual for life in a post-consumer age.

In addition, " The Good Life Lab" is filled with illustrations contributed by a community of artists -- Alethea Morrison, Allegra Lockstadt, Andrew Saeger, Bert van Wijk, Christopher Silas Neal, Gina Triplett, Grady McFerrin, Joel Holland, Josh Cochran, Julia Rothman, Kate Bingaman Burt, Katie Scott, Kristian Olson, Mattias Adolfsson, Meg Hunt, Melinda Beck, Miyuki Sakai, Rachel Salomon, and Sasha Prood -- making the book itself a work of art.

The Smyth-sewn binding style is the highest-quality book binding available. It is more durable than a glued binding and lets the book open flat, making it easier to read. "The Good Life Lab" has an exposed spine so that readers can appreciate and understand how the object was made.

About the Author
Wendy Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before she and her companion moved to rural New Mexico. She writes the blog, Holy Scrap, frequently writes tutorials for Craft's webzine and for "Make" magazine. Tremayne founded Swap-O-Rama-Rama, an annual textile-repurposing and skill sharing event.The depressed and barren RV park that she built into an off-the-grid desert oasis has captured the attention of such media as "The Discovery Channel", "CNET", and "Women's Health". She lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne 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 nonprofit, textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which is celebrated in over 100 cities around the world, a conceptual artist, event producer, yogi, gardener, ultra runner, backpacker, and writer. She has written for "Craft"'s webzine, "Make: , and "Sufi" magazines and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog Holy Scrap. She is author of "The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living" (Storey), a memoir and tutorials. 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."