I'm originally from California, currently I’m in the process of setting up a studio in Berlin. I lived in Tokyo for the past 2 years studying Kinbaku under my teacher Kinoko Hajime. I tie people and places as well as shoot photos.
I've been traveling for the past 4 years.
Rope first came into my life about 3 years ago when I was searching the world for natural highs. You may have felt what I call a natural high while walking out of an exceptional yoga class, or after a really good massage. I had been successful in finding many things that gave me very strong natural highs while traveling around the world. I had explored and experimented with everything from dancing for hours a day, to climbing mountains without any supplies, no trail and no idea if it was even possible to get to the top. The high is that full body release when you push through and keep dancing even though you'r body is aching, or when you finally make it over that last rock to the highest peak around. For me this feeling I was experiencing was so important that I wanted to be able to share it with other people. In the search for the best method I was tied for the first time in Osaka. The feeling was so powerful it's the first "brain orgasm" I can recall having experienced. I knew then this was something I needed to learn in order to share it with the world.
For me the most important aspect of rope is that feeling and I try to do everything possible to intensify it for my model.
My installations are a series of experiments in creating a physical space that can give someone a taste of the feeling of being tied just by entering the space or to create the optimal environment in which to tie someone.
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