Rope

Art of Restraint

I was asked to perform a clothespin piece for a fundraiser at Femina Potens, an art gallery with a mission to support women, queers, trans folks and the kink community.\’a0 The piece was inspired by the clothespins video dare I shared with Elle and imagery from the blood splatter analysis techniques from the series Dexter.

I also thought that a self suspension would make the clothespins even more fun.\’a0 I suspended myself in a “puppeteering” style that I learned from Lew Rubens on a frame that my friend Stigma built.\’a0 (You can see some of his rigging on devicebondage.com)
The night was an amazing night.\’a0 I really enjoyed performing and watching performances by Lew Rubens, Lochai, James Mogul, Madison Young and more.

The video above includes clips of my performance.\’a0\’a0 Thanks to Leland, Stigma and Jiz and everyone who helped and thanks to Violet Blue, CarnalNation, Suzanne Rachel Forbes and all who covered the event.

Clothespins: Joint dare with Elle!

Elle and I decided to a joint dare:\’a0 See how many clothespins you can put on your body.\’a0 Simple enough.\’a0 I came very close to my original goal and gained insight into how to raise the number of clothespins I can take on my skin.
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I can’t wait to see how many she could do and how she documented it.
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I want to try it again!
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Thanks to Jiz for assistance and photography.
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See my flickr Clothespins gallery to view stills used in this video.

Brutal Affection: Punching, Kicking, Slapping and Sex…

I’m still recovering from International Ms. Leather weekend 2008. I met some great hot people, took advantage of their 24 hour play spaces and attended some fun and informative workshops including Brutal Affection: Punching, Kicking, Slapping and Sex… lead by Felice Shays.

The class description reads:

“It ain’t about the brawn. Regardless of your size, gender, or physical ability, this highly interactive workshop uses scads of demonstrations to teach you fierce, passionate methods of slam, slap and thud. Learn to use your brain and a multitude of body parts to bring you and your partners to new found levels of physical, sensual, sexual intensity and intimacy. With humor, affection, straight talk, and smarts, Felice Shays will discuss and demonstrate technique, safety, partnered positions, head space, anatomy and helpful items. Also, as time allows, Felice will work with individuals, dyads and other combinations of partners to resolve their dilemmas of inequity of size, status, attitude or muscle. Open to all genders, all physical abilities, and all levels of experience.”

More coverage on IMSL coming up!

Rope

Rope Management

I love rope. Tying other people up, getting tied up by other people and self bondage. I’ve never actually found it necessary (considering my budget) to invest in more expensive and better quality hemp, silk or even bamboo rope. I’m sure its really nice, I just don’t have that kind of expendable income yet. (anyone want to sponsor me?)

Instead, I just use regular old nylon rope from the hardware store. I take out the guts (the inside chord) to make it softer and easier to handle. It works exactly the way I need it to. On occasion, I also pick up cotton rope (sometimes branded “Power Rope”) at the multitude of 99 cent stores around SF. Since I can find unique and vibrant colors in this type of rope, I use it more for decorative rope “outfits”.

In my past 3 or so years of playing with ropes, I’ve had some annoying and mildly embarrassing moments laundering them. I’ve pulled out wet wads of clothes tangled around a rope while doing laundry in a crowded laundry mat. I’ve learned a thing or two doing my best to provide excellent service to some wonderfully deserving Mistresses. This time, I wasn’t thinking.

It’s not the end of the world, only slightly annoying and somewhat amusing. I eventually untangled the ropes and now they’re hanging all over my room to dry. This time I’ll be more intentional about the way I store my ropes and follow Monk’s advice(see video).