WykD_Dave & clover Barkas & Addie
Tifereth -EM- & Isean Mynx knot_head The_Silence JD-66 LaughingDragon
marceline_vq IPCookieMonster RK (Rodeo Kitten) & TPO Niho Mano & Nkay A'mano Thalia Cabochon
knot_head The_Silence iambic9 Cryptation
Presenters & photographers are attending both weeks except as noted below.
(Teaching Rope at Week 1 & Week 2)
“Rope is not about rope.”
WykD Dave is a rigger from the UK who has in the past few years been teaching and performing throughout the world with his partner Clover. His work has appeared in films, music videos, international fashion magazines and even in Paris’s Louvre gallery. He ties models anywhere from local kinksters and friends with no modelling experience to internationally-known stars like FKA Twigs and Lady Gaga.
His teaching has revolutionized rope bondage for many students around the world as he shares his own take on what’s important to understand about rope. His views are the result of years of experience, analysis and thought after tying, teaching and performing all over the world. He almost always teaches with his partner clover providing her perspective as a rope bottom, and he believes that education for bottoms is just as important as for tops.
Time and experience are constantly changing and evolving his bondage and his classes, making them a different experience every time. It is his proud boast to have created some of the most copied rope bondage classes in the world. He has also accomplished the rare and almost unique feat of having created ties and techniques that are now used and taught in Japan.
(Teaching Rope at Week 1 & Week 2)
Love and connection is at the heart of Clover's rope bottoming. Best known for her rope bottom guide, spectacular photography, and beautiful suffering in rope, Clover performs and teaches around the world with her partner WykD Dave.
It is in her genuine vulnerability and transporting beauty in suffering that she shines in performance; in fact, it’s the lack of pretense and the genuine nature of her interaction with WykD_Dave that she stands out.
She is also well-known for her photography, where her sympathy for the subject and desire to capture emotion leads to her producing some of the very best bondage photographs and prints to be found.
When teaching, her knowledge, empathy and experience allow her to connect her audience with the subject and experience that she loves.
(Teaching Rope at Week 2 and last day of Week1)
Barkas is a bondage educator, performance artist, and writer. His contributions to the bondage narrative include the development of Ranboo and the Interview Metaphor.
Originally from Vienna and now residing in Vancouver, he is the co-founder and caretaker of TheSpace2. In addition to ongoing teaching locally, he continues to travel, perform, and give workshops internationally; some highlights include Shibaricon in Chicago, Moscow Knot, Kannawa Kai in Tokyo, West Coast Bound in Vancouver, FIRE in Orlando, Bondage Expo Denver, Place des Cordes in Paris, Anatomie Studio in London, and EURIX Berlin.
One of Barkas’ focuses is the implementation of philosophical, sociological, mathematical, and historical ideas to develop a deeper understanding of erotic rope bondage. This pursuit lead to the development of the Interview Metaphor - a mindset that prioritizes individuality, attention, and the interaction of the persons tying. As he often says, don’t tie people, tie with people. In 2016 Barkas collected these and other thoughts, and published them in “Archaeology of Personalities; A Linguistic Approach to Erotic
(Teaching Rope at Week 2 and the last day of Week 1)
Addie has been practicing rope for several years now. She enjoys tying, being tied, and self-tying, as well as performing and educating. Her teaching is informed by her professional background as a nurse, mixed with a wicked sense of humour and the goal of providing impactful, practical, and adaptable techniques and information for the wide variety of individuals who enjoy rope.
Addie has spent the last four years teaching around the globe with her partner Barkas, providing information from and for the person being tied. Together, they opened and co-run TheSpace2 in Vancouver, a venue dedicated to the exploration of rope bondage and its contexts and expressions.
(Teaching Rope at Week 1 & Week 2)
Tifereth's introduction to rope bondage came in 2011 in the form of a surprisingly enjoyable futomomo tsuri. Since then she's drawn on her dual background in high-performance athletics and figurative arts to push herself physically and aesthetically on both ends of the rope. Known for her dynamic style of sadism, performative rope and creative approach to harness construction, she loves conveying her passion through engaging hands-on methods of instruction. A veteran educator and performer with credits including Prague Shibari Festival, Bondage Expo Dallas, Eurix, Shibaricamp, Helsinki Shibari, Shibaricon, as well as weekend workshops and performances all over the globe, she is most often found wherever the weird stuff is.
(Teaching Rope & BDSM at Week 2
and the last 2 days of Week 1)
-EM-. Based in Memphis, Tennessee and active in the BDSM community since 2010, EM is a sadistic rope and whip enthusiast whose interests lie in pushing his bottoms with strenuous yet beautiful poses. With years of experience learning rope from various artists across North America, his interpretation of Japanese bondage stems from a desire to withdraw submission from the female form and highlight its beauty through suffering and strain. EM's primary interests (rope, whips, photography) stem from his interests in perfecting technique, skill, and accuracy with regard to all forms of S&M play.
(Teaching Rope & BDSM at Week 2 and the last 2 days of Week 1)
Isean (pronounced E-shawn) is an avid fitness enthusiast and a student of multiple disciplines of yoga. She is an experienced presenter who has taught rope all over the US, and internationally.
A skilled rigger and very experienced bottom, she began with an interest self- tying 6 years ago. Isean has worked with a number of talented riggers and bottoms and developed her own hands-on teaching approach which focuses on her sadistic style of tying. To her tying is art, trust, sensuality, pain, lust, and more.
Her style continues to evolve as she incorporates new disciplines and techniques into her own
practice. She hopes students will be able to find new knowledge in her teaching, and use it to expand their skills and develop their own individual style.
(Teaching Rope & BDSM at Week 1 & Week 2)
Mynx is an enthusiastic rope top, experienced rigger and suspension artist with a passion for giving rope and sharing her knowledge with the community. She has attended workshops offered by many talented riggers, but counts WykD_Dave and Akira Naka among her strongest influences.
Mynx has presented classes and intensive workshops across the country where she focuses on building connections between partners and developing precision in each tie. A passionate believer in muscle memory, Mynx’s students learn by tying along with her. As a Nurse Anesthetist, her extensive medical background gives Mynx a unique perspective on bondage safety and nerve injury. Mynx is also a fitness instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500).
(Event Photographer and
Teaching photography at Week 1 & Week 2)
Beginning 25 years ago with a mix of flea market handcuffs, bathrobe belts and neck ties, knot_head has always loved bondage.
Although he began with Japanese-style rope, he’s since gravitated to the strict, clean, efficient, Western style of riggers like Jay Edwards, Matt Williams, Lew Rubens and Claire Adams. For him, it IS about the simple, strict, positional bondage, and "what happens once she's tied", challenging predicaments being his favorite.
In the past two years he caught the photography bug and loves showing kinksters how easy it can be to get a quality shot with their gear, in almost any setting.
His shtick is to make bondage (and photography) simple and fun for anyone willing to learn.
(Event Photographer and Teaching Rope & Photography at Week 1 and the first day of Week 2)
The_Silence started photographing his rope work over 4 years ago and shoots multiple times a week. He developed his style through adapting what he's learned in classes, the internet, and a whole LOT of trial & error. From shooting in temperatures of 37 degree to 110 degrees, outdoors, in homes, hotels, studios, under trees and bridges, he has learned how to make any situation usable.
(Teaching Rope at Week 1 & Week 2)
JD-66 is a Toronto, Canada based rigger who started tying in 2008. His style has evolved over the years but is mostly a playful semi sadistic style of rope. He loves playing with balance and unbalance in rope and reading his partner and taking them to places they didn't expect. He owns and runs The Toronto Kinbaku Salon which just had its fifth anniversary in Oct 2018. The Salon as it is commonly referred to is a Kazami Ryu where the Kazami style of rope is taught to its many students. We also host other presenters from around the world of various styles.
He loves helping and teaching other Kazami Style but has some background in other styles so he is able to meld various styles to help people with developing and adding to their repertoires and creating their own individual style.
(Teaching Rope & BDSM at Week 1 & Week 2)
LaughingDragon has been involved in the BDSM and rope scenes for nearly 20 years and he has studied with experts from many parts of the globe. In addition he has been dancing swing, blues, and fusion styles for over 20 years. Combining rope and dance has become his focus, and he is continually exploring new ways to connect these two arts. Nowhere is this more evident than in his dynamic and musically connected performances. He is a seasoned performer, having performed all around North and Central America for many audiences. He has also been teaching water bondage for many years, as well as enjoying giving people primal and sadistic play experiences.
He has traveled extensively for rope and dance, and continually finds new inspiration in music, art and nature. He founded Vertigo Rope in Vancouver, and is working on new and exciting forms and events. LaughingDragon teaches rope courses and private lessons with his co-teacher Feinix, and he also worked as a consultant to the film industry on 50 Shades of Grey.
(Teaching Rope at Week 1)
Marceline vq is an internationally recognized shibari artist whose work challenges viewers with aesthetic and technically complex rope work. She engages rope from all perspectives—as a model in her own rope, with other models in her rope, and as a model in others’ rope—allowing for a deeper understanding of the medium as a creative and connective tool. She adores the sensory experience of being in rope, as well as the idea of becoming “human sculpture.” Her work engages in conversation with themes from quantitative disciplines including geometry and physics and with themes from qualitative disciplines including analytic philosophy and universal empathy. She has studied with shibari communities across the globe, and is classically trained in visual fine arts.
(Teaching Rope & BDSM at Week 2 and the last day of Week 1)
IPCookieMonster is a sexual gymnast. She has been a kinky pansexual polyamorous pagan freak for several years, and has written extensively about about her deliciously deviant lifestyle on fetlife and her blog, slutphd.com. In the “vanilla” world, she has one of the best jobs ever: she’s a professor of sociology who studies the BDSM scene. In the “chocolate” world, she writes about and teaches kink, is a founding member of the firespinning troupe Hubris, and is an occasional burlesque/ropelesque perfomer. Having gone through everything from ballet to tap to fire to pole, she was starting to run out of forms of dance to study in her insatiable quest for new ways to sexily manipulate the human body when she was captured by some divinely inspired ropes. And lo, she found a new form of dance to obsess about (bondage) and got some new gods as a bonus. Once she had the epiphany that bondage is fucking awesome, she decided to start preaching the artistic, spiritual, and seductive powers of rope from the bottom.
iambic9 is a self-taught photographer based in Phoenix, AZ. He has developed a reputation for reliably capturing event/performance photos in challenging lighting conditions, without the aid of flash photography. Conversely, his home studio work is heavily lit, continually experimenting with advanced multiple light configurations and modifiers.
In his personal life, iambic9 is a bondage fetishist and bottom-leaning switch, using a mix of leather, rope, pantyhose, and custom gear. He believes there is no such thing as adding "too much" bondage to any situation, and that you can always tighten the buckle another notch...
(Event Photographer Week 2 and the last day of Week 1)
(Teaching Rope & BDSM at Week 1)
With 5 years of performance artist experience, Rodeo Kitten ranges from Go Go dancing, rope bottom, adult entertainment, alternative lifestyle model and educator.
Rodeo Kitten is in a 24/7 power exchange dynamic with various roles and has been part of the kink community for 5 years with a dedication to rope and impact play. RK has been a rope bottom for over four years and taken rope courses from both local and international riggers and bottoms. RK and their Master, TPO, perform at several local events throughout the year, including Twisted Windows. With a focus on connection and energy flow in his ties, TPO utilizes these skills to push his partner and facilitate a beautiful experience for all those involved. Together with his slave, they mix their passion for bondage and impact together to create sexually charged scenes that will dampen any pair of panties in the room. RK's goal as an instructor is provide more classes committed to building bottoms skills and voices. They offer personalized private instruction for tops bottoms and couples+, work as a go go dancer, kink and artistic nude model, as well as adult entertainment features. The extent of their modeling experience spans 7 years and ranges from glamour, fashion, weapons and even automotive to erotic, fetish and XXX.
Steve (Niho_Mano)- is an ever-evolving man of many devious devices from needles to rough body play. His greatest passion lies in rope bondage and suspension. He is a Master, sadist and rigger sprinkled with just the right amount of sick fucker to keep things interesting. Steve has been in the greater Houston scene since 2014 and practicing rope bondage since 2015. He has taught and performed for the past three years with his slave, Nkay. Together they present classes with the perspective of both sides of the slash.
Nadia (Nkay)- Nkay, slave and sadomasochistic rope switch, is equal parts twisted mind and ball full of giggles. She is a passionate medical professional and yoga enthusiast with three years of rope bottoming experience. She brings a different perspective to bottoming and body mechanics through the mingling of her combined passions. Locally, Nadia loves to perform, co-present with her Owner Niho_Mano, and lead rope bottoming education classes.
(Teaching Yoga and Acro Yoga at Week 1)
Thalia joined the Kink community 4 years ago, with primary focus on rope, shenanigans, and art. She is an experienced and knowledgeable self-tier, rope bottom, and top. Her methods can only be described as “hilariously sadistic.” She uses her B.S. in Nursing and her experience as a Registered Yoga Instructor to continuously envision new and creative ways to tie, torture, and contort the human body, and to identify safety concerns. Rope, Yoga, and the Kink Community have brought a heightened level of joy and perspective to Thalia’s life, and she attributes much of this to the great experiences and even greater people that have guided and supported her on her journey. Communication, vulnerability, and true connection are her “why.” Teaching and inspiring others has allowed Thalia to give back to the community she loves and to share a beautifully twisted and unique side of herself with others.
(Teaching Pole Dancing at Week 1 & Week 2)
Active since 2014, Cabochon is an acrobatic rope bottom, service-oriented masochist, and adventure-seeker. To her, bondage is about human connection, artistry, and constant self-improvement. She believes that a submissive’s strongest tool is their ability to communicate, which is best improved by learning about yourself and the driving forces behind what you want, and why you want it. Her engineering experience allows her to break down the steps of processing pain and bondage into segments that can be reflected on, and use that introspection to improve future experiences.
Cabochon is an officer at The Red Chair in Birmingham, Alabama, an NCSF Advocate, and competitive pole dancer.