at Chicago Rope

Traces is an ongoing monthly series of live kinbaku figure drawing sessions. Join our community in capturing the expressivity that is a vital part of Japanese rope bondage. We welcome artists working in all media (some sessions may have restrictions on photography or videography).


Fourth Sundays

2:00PM - 4:00PM

June 23

ADelightfulPain & Ronin

photography permitted

no video recording

July 28

performers to be announced

photography policy TBA

video policy TBA

August 25

performers to be announced

photography policy TBA

video policy TBA

September 22

performers to be announced

photography policy TBA

video policy TBA



To offset the costs of space rental and pay our models, we ask for a sliding scale donation of $10-20, or $5-10 for those who bring a food item to share. As always, no one will be turned away from Chicago Rope events for lack of funds.

Who Can Attend

This is an 18+ event. You must bring a government-issued ID to verify your age in order to be admitted. No partner is required for this event.


Please bring your own art supplies and any other necessary materials. We will have chairs for those who would like to sit and a limited number of mats available. Bring your own mat or blanket if you have them. Please note that for events that allow photography, no flashes or other forms of external lighting may be used.

Dress Code

As this is not a tying event, participants may wear any clothing appropriate for a public studio art session. Please note that Outerspace Studios is a no-shoes venue. We ask that you remove your shoes at the top of stairs prior to entering the studio.


Traces is held in our Wicker Park venue, Outerspace Studios, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio. When you arrive, press the button for “Moon Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is at the top of the stairs in back. The venue requests that shoes be removed at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.

Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood but often can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. We recommend that those who are driving allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.

Please note that Outerspace Studio is not wheelchair accessible. Entering the studio requires ascending a long flight of stairs.