Diamonds Are Forever: Introduction to hishi-pattern concepts.
So you know a couple knots, frictions and hitches. You’ve already got your basic Gote and Futomomo structure down. Now what!? We can begin playing with the structures that make up some of our favorite ties and create a whole new look, yet maintain their structural integrity. Through learning and applying these new patterns attendees will learn a finer control of tension, rope handling, and aesthetics. We’ll also cover some interesting tips of how placement of frictions can be used for pressure point play. This will be an intermediate to advanced class.
Prerequisites: Single-column tie, understanding of basic frictions (reverse tension, half-hitch, munter-hitch),
Materials: 3 to 5 8-meter lengths of rope (natural fiber preferred).
Lower body harnesses are foundational for many suspensions…or make great handles for bedroom bondage! After a discussion of basics like wrap placement and risk awareness, Shay will survey the class and attendees will vote for the ties they most want to learn. Based on popular demand (and perhaps a bit of cajoling to choose her favorites), ties covered may include a swiss seat, drum harness, woven hip harness, three-column-tie hip harness, gunslinger, mermaid tie, leg ladder harness, futomomo, and the elegantly named Butt Rainbow Thigh Tie of Doom.
All the ties shown in this class are suspension-worthy; Shay will demonstrate attaching hangers and using them for suspension, and participants with adequate experience can get airborne as well. Attendees are also welcome to come and stick with floorwork, as the majority of the class will focus on the harnesses themselves. Self-tyers welcome. Teaching Assistant: Miss DC
Prerequisites: Intermediate skill level – This class is appropriate for folks from an intermediate floor work level to experienced suspension. To tie along with the harnesses, experience with non-collapsing single-column ties and basic risk and body awareness for bondage is required. To suspend in class, upline management skills and experience is required.
Format: tie-along (auditors of all skill levels welcome)
Materials: For harnesses, 2 x ~30′ and 2 x ~15′ lengths, nylon/jute/hemp/cotton are all OK. 6mm diameter preferred, 5mm or 8mm also acceptable. For suspension (optional), your basic suspension kit (including at least one ~30′ upline). Safety cutting tool.
Too often, queer and trans bodies don’t fit within the aesthetic expectations laid out by the glossy pages of popular rope manuals. Further, common Shibari and Western ties aren’t always physiologically suitable for queer bodies. This workshop offers queer alternatives for some common ties that work more efficiently on bodies that don’t reside within the gender binary. Discussion surrounding increasing queer advocacy and shattering gender stereotypes in rope will be interwoven throughout.
Format: this class is a tie-along for queer-identified individuals
Materials: 3 or more Hanks of rope of choice
Sex isn’t just in the hips. This creative class is not bound by conventional dildo strap-on
placement. Want to tie a dildo to your boot? Chest? Anywhere you want?! What may start out
as quirky shenanigans can lead to pleasurable explorations of some dildo-tastic possibilities for
queer sex and sex for bodies with different abilities. BYOD (Bring Your Own Dildos!)
Materials: rope of your preference, dildo(s)
This year ROPECRAFT invited six artists to be “in residence” at the event with the intent of finding out what inspired them. In this panel they will talk about both their experiences at the event and also answer questions about their particular processes of creating art. What will come out of ROPECRAFT?