London festival of the art of Japanese bondage (London 2010)

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London festival of the art of Japanese bondage (London 2010)

This was the second London festival but our first and it was an amazing experience. It was also our first encounter with Hajime Kinoko but not our last.

The home of the London festival is the Resistance gallery in Bethnal Green. This converted railway arch has a great combination of space and intimacy and really worked well for this event.

There were many highlights to this event, one of the first was a master class with Kinoko which was very informative. The second was the nights performances.
There were performers from all over Europe and I think that I can best describe the quality of them as ‘variable’. Generally they got better as the night wore on. The real star of the show was without a doubt  Hajime Kinoko. His stage show really showed people what could be accomplished on stage and I think that his performance was a wake up call for many riggers who thought that they were pretty good already.

The atmosphere all through the event was incredible and it was a real pleasure to make new friends from all through the rope loving world.

I have many memories from this festival of things and conversations and wonderful things said; many of which I am not going to share here.  I will say that some people are very kind and that I very much appreciate their words.

Clover had a highlight herself, she was tied and suspended by Hajime Kinoko. (yes we have photographic proof)Clover with Hajime Kinoko

 

Clover suspended in rope bondage by Hajime Kinoko

Clover with Hajime Kinoko

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:58+00:00 July 14th, 2012|Categories: Events, Festivals|Tags: |0 Comments

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WykD_Dave (Dave Rickman) is a UK-based shibari bondage enthusiast, who now teaches and performs internationally accompanied by his partner Clover. He started exploring bondage 27 years ago and was autodidact for the first 17 years, until a lesson with shibari professional Osada Steve changed his way of tying. Dave loves Japanese style rope work, and decided to dedicate himself to this. “It isn’t about the rope, it’s about the expression, the look in the eyes, the hopelessness, the agony”.

Now, Dave & Clover teach and perform all around the world. He takes great pleasure in seeing people get it and open their minds to what rope bondage can really be. “Not just a means of restraint but a much deeper and personally connected experience than any other I’ve ever found.”

Running into Dave means running into his lovely partner Clover. She is very passionate about shibari bondage too, she models and performs, as well as makes impressive photos of Japanese rope work done by Dave.

Her photography focuses on the feelings involved in rope play, not just the pretty ties, and she tells stories with her pictures. Dave: “Of course Clover’s a huge part of everything. Without her photography would people ever have noticed?”

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