they/them Madison, Wisconsin
Stranger is a top-leaning switch with a passion for inspiring pain, pleasure, smiles, tears, fears, tenderness, and raw human connection. Stranger has a special love for rope bondage, and enjoys tying and being tied with intention and excessive eye-contact, geeking out about technique and learning through teaching, and exploring discipline through self-tying and dynamic self-suspensions. When not at kink events, Stranger can be found introverting in their blankets and playing video games, working on their Master's thesis, having Indian food mouth-orgasms, or deeply weeping over every single one of J.S. Bach's violin sonatas.
she/her/hers Toledo, Ohio
Traeonna is a passionate and experienced educator that teaches hands-on workshops and presents on a variety of topics including kink skills (bondage, fireplay, cigar play, etc.), moving meditation, hula hoop dance, communication tools, connective practices, alternative relationship styles, and conflict management in relationships in the leather, kink, occult, flow arts, and other alternative communities.
A trainer and curriculum developer by profession, she has been teaching on one topic or another for over 18 years. She has been involved with the leather and kink communities for over two decades, holds the 2017 and 2018 title for Miss Ohio Leather, and is a member of the 2018 class for International Person of Leather.
When not teaching or creating new classes, you can find her sewing 1950s dresses, adding to her ever-growing kimono collection, hula hooping, hitting people with dinosaurs, and amusing her Bear with her antics.
She is fueled by dark chocolate, coffee, and Sir Winston snuggles. As a mononymous person, Traeonna can be found on Facebook or by typing .com after her name!
she/her/hers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Belle- doesn't have a specific style of bondage but most of what she does is based on the Japanese style of bondage. Her goals are to create manageable pain for my bottoms and to create an experience that both enjoy, meaning that the type of rope she does at any given time is highly dependent on the person that she is tying. She really enjoys doing both structured ties and unstructured or informal ties, again, dependent on the goals of the scene. Her style of presentation is to have as much interactive time as possible and for the participants share their experience and bring their knowledge to the class. She tends to prefer leading workshop-style classes where the students learn the concept through a series of progressive activities designed to get them to think about their own tying. The goal is to teach them something that they can apply to their own scenes and their own styles.
he/him/his Madison, Wisconsin
A BDSM player for 20 years, Spike doesn’t play with one aspect of BDSM, he enjoys playing with all of them. A rope artist, a whip aficionado, a sub, a Daddy, a pony; he enjoys being all of them. Spike’s wry sense of humor and timing ensures a lively conversation at any event. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his Mistress: Mistress__Mayhem. Spike has presented at Shibaricon, Beyond Leather, Madtown Kinkfest, COPE, Twisted Tryst and ROPECRAFT Chicago. When he’s not playing with rope, Spike enjoys cracking whips, being a DJ and spinning fire.
DWL and EbiBex
he/him/his and she/her/hers Baltimore, Maryland
Though DWL has been shooting various subjects casually and professionally for nearly a decade, he found a new world of creative opportunity when he discovered fetish photography. Upon entering the kink scene over six years ago, he found new artistic opportunities and challenges in kink photography, as well as a passion for capturing the unique energy of a scene. DWL is known for his journalistic style of documenting play, chasing moments of emotion, connection, joy, and pain. His rope style is centered around controlled suffering and connection through creativity, and his artistic aesthetic is evident in his ties. He also enjoys collaborating with other creative minds to bring ideas and visions to life in front of his lens. He and his camera have appeared at various conventions, events, and workshops, and he continues to grow as a photographer and educator. DWL is constantly trying new things and believes there is always more to learn. His favorite photo? “The one I haven’t taken yet."
EbiBex is a queer, masochistic bottom who first discovered rope bondage when she was a wee baby kinkster, but in the last six years has been able to fully immerse herself in the rope scene alongside her partner, DWL. She, along with DWL, has participated in and taught at various events such as FIRE, Dark Odyssey events, NARIX, Snowbound, and RopeCraft, as well weekend intensives and workshops across the US and internationally. She considers herself very lucky to have learned from, tied and collaborated with some of the best rope people around, and is constantly striving to grow as a rope bottom, submissive, and model. Bex primarily approaches rope as a type of intimate connection and partnership, as well as a form of artistic expression. She firmly believes rope bottoming should be accessible to everyone, and hopes sharing her experiences and knowledge will help others find their happy (or not-so-happy!) places in rope.
Sabrehyde and Gun_Show
she/her/hers and he/him/his Traverse City, Michigan
SabreHyde (she/her) is a rope switch and teacher-organizer from Traverse City, Michigan, who enjoys travelling, metal concerts, and costuming. In January 2017, Sabre co-founded the TC Rope Jam to bring rope education and practice to the nascent rope community in Northern Lower Michigan. You can find her enthusiastically attending events across Michigan and in Chicago with her partner, Gun_Show. She believes rope should be accessible to anyone with a passion for it, and strives to have and teach a variety of options for different genders, physical limitations, body sizes and shapes, and goals. A lifelong learner, she invites you to provide candid feedback on or ask questions about any class, tie, or technique you see her use.
Gun_Show (he/him) is a rope switch who lives near Traverse City, Michigan. An exercise enthusiast, he enjoys physical activities and being out in the woods. He tries to leave his one-liners (read: dad jokes) at home, but sometimes cannot resist the urge to solicit a particularly awful groan from those nearby. For some reason unknown to anyone else, Sabre_Hyde puts up with this, and Gun_Show frequently gallivants around with his partner-in-crime, attending rope workshops, metal concerts, and medieval reenactments. He enjoys learning new ties, perfecting his technique, and the connection that exists between a rigger and riggee.