Live Kinbaku Figure Drawing

Artwork by @DeadBird

Traces is our monthly live kinbaku figure drawing session. Join our community in capturing the expressivity that is a vital part of Japanese rope. We welcome artists working in all media (some sessions may have restrictions on photography or videography). Traces is held on the fourth Sunday of every month from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Upcoming Dates

Sunday April 26
Sunday May 24
Sunday June 28
Sunday July 26
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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 keep in mind that Outerspace Studios does not allow outdoor shoes to be worn inside their studios. There is an area to remove street shoes at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.


Our studios at Outerspace are at the top of a long flight of stairs and have no elevator. We regret that this limits access to our events. We are happy to provide whatever accommodations we are able to. Please contact us directly for more information.


Our events are held at Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park, 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 up the stairs in back. The venue requires 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.