Looking to have fun all by yourself? Self-tying can be used for artistic expression, rope practice, meditation, to create a challenging position, and much more. In this class, Vitrify will introduce one of their favorite self-ties, the hogtie, and talk about tips and tricks to safely get the most out of a solo-scene. No previous tying experience is required for this hands-on class. Just bring yourself and at least 2 lengths of rope (ideally one 30ft and one 15ft, more for more decorative opportunities). The studio has several thick mats, however we’ll be rolling around on the floor so a personal blanket or mat may be preferred!
Vitrify is a non-binary sadomasochistic rope switch that specializes in improvisational silliness and self-ties. They’ve been pursuing rope-related antics in Chicago since 2014. As a Chicago Rope staff member, they’ve led discussions on gender and rope, participated in our bottoming education programs, and are assisting with our Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage Course.
Apikoros is a queer switch with a penchant for rough-n-tumble play. When they tie, they prefer to keep things simple in order to focus on the conversation that’s going on and to better recognize the right response for the right moment. In teaching rope, Apikoros draws on their experience tutoring, coaching fencing, and teaching capoeira. Outside of kink, they study the intersections of queer theory, disability studies, and digital media. Apikoros is a founder and director of Chicago Rope.