Our latest tutorial, ‘Mastering ingredients’, will teach you how to master the ‘ingredients’ of shibari, i.e. the components that are used, to create your own ‘recipes’ (ties).The objective is not simply to teach a tie but how to create ties. Teaching ‘ingredients’ that make up the ‘recipes’ and how they can be varied and substituted has been extremely well-received as it makes sense of and simplifies what seems like a very complex subject. Expect that ‘lightbulb moment’ as it all becomes clear.
In reality, almost all ties are a combination of simple ingredients used according to a few basic rules. Once this is secret is grasped, you are freed from simply ‘painting by numbers’ to become both more creative and safer due to this understanding. This will be the most practical demonstration of this way of teaching that we have produced so far. In this example, how to tie tengu shibari, the ‘devil tie’, so-called because the arm position resembles wings…or, less romantically, an oven-ready chicken. Whatever you call it, it creates a nice exposed position that excentuates helplessness.
You explore various solutions and compare the methods of reaching them, discovering the pro’s and con’s.We teach you not just the tie but also the ‘why’. The solutions will, of course, be determined by intent and purpose. Something that is all too often not considered. In other words, the construction will vary, at one end of the scale, from a quick and dirty solution to a carefully engineered suspension tie or an art piece for a photograph at the other. It is, as they say, horses for courses. Not only does the tie need to fit the person, not vice versa, but it also needs to fit the situation and purpose. Shibari is about much more than simply trotting out set patterns. This tutorial will give you the independance of creating your own ties, the ability to exert your individuality and make the experience of being tied intensely personal.
This tutorial includes:
- One-rope single column based tengu shibari
- One-rope double column based tengu shibari
- Multiple starting points
- Two-rope tengu shibari chest harness
- Two-rope hishi (diamond pattern) tengu shibari
- Numerous tips and tricks, e.g. curing lost tension, effortless control techniques