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!
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.
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.
he/him and she/her Indianapolis, Indiana
R0pe-daddy and AuraLee33 have been presenting rope together since 2019 hosting rope jams and sharing their experience in a one sided polyamorous relationship. They are the founders and creators of rope daddy studios which provides a space for not only kink photography but a place to play with and educate about shibari.
R0pe-daddy has an extensive background in educating on HIV/ AIDS awareness and helped open project A.R.I.A for Stand up Harlem in NYC. A graduate of the school for the preforming arts and an award winning director at the short film makers festival in NYC. R0pe-daddy loves to add his theatrical flare to his rope scenes.
AuraLee33 has a background in Healthcare and has been an ace in the sleeve for this pair when researching how rope affects the body. She loves the feel of a single leg futo and will tell you that she is not a masochist.
Besides rope, R0pe-daddy has a background in the culinary arts and AuraLee33 is a foodie.
he/him and she/her Troy, Michigan
"We believe laughter and engagement is the best path to rope education"
Enlightenup-69 and Attnwhor-69 are the primary founders of the Summer Michigan Rope Conference (SMIRC). They have been sharing their passion and rope adventure as kink organizers since 2013, hosting such events as Oakland and Macomb Rope and the Michigan Rope Expo.
As rope students they are best described as rope anarchists who prefer to break rope down to its fundamentals and then build back up into the different passions, from patterns such as 'gote', to predicaments, to how to incorporate rope into sex and bedroom bondage.
They have also presented on other topics including polyamory on behalf of the Michigan Board of Education and BDSM education alongside the Center for Relationship and Sexual Health.
In addition to presenting on rope, Attnwhor-69 is a licensed massage therapist and teaches on the healing power of touch and both the therapeutic and kinky uses of cupping.
More information about their other events, handouts, equipment, and class notes can be found on their website, www.miropes.com.