Constriction

Stephane Graff, Mermaid, UK, 2013

A comprehensive body of work, Graff’s Constriction series began in 1991. Much of the series was photographed over an intensive two-year period (1991-1992), after which the series was revisited in 2013.

In Constriction, we discover nude figures bound with ropes. Their bodies, partially concealed, are meticulously wrapped in a manner reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian mummy wrap technique. Captured in raking light, the bodies appear incomplete, resembling at times heavy stone sculptures.

The eroticism of a rope-tied nude figure has appealed to many artists in the past. Man Ray’s 1936 Venus Restaurée, a precursor to Graff’s work, binds a classical armless female nude with rope. However, Graff’s nude figures are too complex to be interpreted as mere sexual fantasies. Graff’s subject matter stems primarily from his fascination with the ritual of binding body parts found in various indigenous cultures.

Another source of inspiration for Graff is the escapologist and stunt performer Harry “Handcuff” Houdini, who would often volunteer to be bound and chained on stage before performing a miraculous escape. This theatrical element is alluded to in Graff’s studio set, which often incorporates a painted canvas backdrop reminiscent of a Victorian stage or sideshow backdrop.

Graff’s bound nude figures offer many potential interpretations, making the Constriction series a dynamic, dramatic, and timeless body of work. ~ Todd Merrill Gallery

Stephane Graff, Tower, UK 1991

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Chanel Chain and Velvet Collar – Auction

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Description
* Silver toned metal
* Velvet ribbon woven through
* Lobster claw clasp
* Made in Italy
* 22″ including extender
* 2013 Collection
* Great condition

AUCTION ENDS AT 10:00 PM, July 3rd EDT


Feeling a strong need…

to be Dominated.

Alyx

The collar doesn’t lock,
but is forms a seamless tubular ring.


“Made you look”

“It’s real,” stated company spokesman Tim McIntyre. “The ad was created and pitched by an agency to the independent franchise in Israel. It never ‘officially’ appeared anywhere, because it was ill-advised, unfunny and not brand-appropriate. In a word, it was stupid.”

In fact, McIntyre thought that the ad was a joke when he first encountered it. “When I first saw it myself, I thought it was a parody, just in time for the premiere of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ I’m still shaking my head.” (Huffington Post / NY Daily News)

What do you think about the ad? — and the tagline “you’re going to suffer and enjoy every moment”? — dievca looked twice and laughed.


A daily reminder of loveliness~

If your BDSM dynamic runs toward bondage with ropes or Shibari.
Some lovely drawer pulls might float you back into elegance, everyday.

Anthropologie Knotted Rope Handle

Shibari handle and pull,
from Anthropologie (click on the first photo).

Anthropologie Knotted Rope Pull


The ‘Louis Vuitton’ submissive~

If you are looking to up your BDSM elegance game
or
you and your Madame/ Sir  are label conscious:

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Maybe the designer locks on your collar and cuffs are not enough, you can add the Louis Vuitton Baxter collar and lead. (note: you need to have a thin neck, max circumference 11.4 inches/29 cm) The collar and lead are about $300+ each.


Market Day!

This over-sized backpack, with leather straps and metal buckles, will go everywhere with you!  Stylish on dievca’s bike rides, jaunts to the Farmer’s market, and efficient at the beach!  Hand woven from palm leaf, if the bag gets wet if you let it thoroughly dry in the sun.  Sturdy and long-lasting weave. 14 inches x 18 inches Made in Morocco

Maybe the belting will make you think dreamy thoughts!

Medina Mercantile offers housewares and bags which are woven or carved.  The items are made in Morocco or the USA. Rustic Elegance.

Looking forward to Summer!