Dear Ceci, how did you get started with shibari?

Tying & getting tied up is one of my core fantasies since childhood. I got more sucked in to the Japanese side of bondage about 10 years ago.

What is your approach to shibari?

I am super nerdy about everything from rope manufacturing to creating connection and play. Analytical, motivated by learning, comforted by rules, intuitive, creative.


Tying & getting tied up is one of my core fantasies since childhood.

Ceci Ferox


Tell us about a constant that keeps you coming back to shibari?

It keeps me sane, it gives me moments of meditation and connection.

Who are or what are you inspired by from practicing shibari?

The connective abilities of Hedwig, the scientist in Georg Barkas, the chaotic energy in Tifereth and the movement of contemporary dance. The strength, personalities and imagination of my partners. Breaking the rules by the power of queer. Grotesque, therapeutic and transformative forces of rope.

How do you continue to challenge yourself, within the frame of shibari, as it grows in popularity and attention?

I seek to answer the question “why?” and learn through my experiences. I seek inspiration from teachers, but with moderation and intention: most of the time I attend classes with the sole purpose of having fun. I want to allow my growth to happen organically, not forced, not fast. Slow like a tree, steady.


I seek inspiration from teachers, but with moderation and intention: most of the time I attend classes with the sole purpose of having fun. I want to allow my growth to happen organically, not forced, not fast. Slow like a tree, steady.

Ceci Ferox


What are the things you love the most about shibari?

It’s an endless world of learning and invention, the joy of exploration.

What are the things you dislike the most about shibari?

Dogmatism, one true ways, hero and authority worship.

What would you like to show/teach others about shibari?

Understanding of the underlying principles that are common to all styles of shibari so people can start asking why instead of how.

Name some of your essential resources:

My teachers (my tying partners and the people i have studied with privately or in workshops), my dance practice, my rope community in Helsinki.

Thank you very much! We are really looking forward to it, too.

(Title Photography by Hans Erik Unneland)