Hanging by a Thread with Miss Eris

We aren’t kidding when we say, hanging by a thread, but in all actuality, it’s quite a few threads. In issue 65, Miss Eris was featured as one of our Up & Coming models. Of course, much time has passed since our initial interview to the release of the issue, that she’s changed her stage name from Eris Maximo to now, Miss Eris. It was a pleasure to catch up with the beautiful acrobat to see where life has taken her, and as of late, it’s been keeping her exceptionally busy. She specializes in the art of Shibari Rope Bondage, either creating her own performances for major events like German Fetish Ball and Wasteland, or creating solo performances and tours, to teaching her own workshops. The art she creates is visually stimulating and provocatively beautiful! Read on for a more up close and personal view inside the life of Miss Eris, and what Shibari means to her.

Marquis Magazine: Modeling was an avenue for you to explore the art of Shibari. When did this fascination begin? Where did you first learn about the art form?

Miss Eris: I found rope bondage quite early in my life through adult magazines and TV. Later, I had discovered BDSM and consequently, Shibari, which is more of a Japanese version. I fell in love. When I was 19, I decided to pursue what I was passionate about and what made me happy, which was the beginning of my modeling career. I really wanted to learn Shibari first, though I couldn’t find a way to do it properly, and there wasn’t anyone who could teach young girls. So, I decided to start modeling with ropes to learn the skills on my own. I tried online tutorials that were quite basic, and I learned so much from modeling both sides by attending workshops with some of the best riggers like Naka Akira, Kinoko Hajime, Kazami Ranki, Gorgone, and many others. I also attended various rope events like EURIX in Berlin. Practice has definitely made me stronger and I’m very grateful to everyone involved in my learning process!

MM: Shibari is also a form of self-expression for you and your art, what kinds of feelings and emotions do you wish to evoke in your audience?

ME: It’s definitely a great part of my inspiration and creativity for my work. I consider myself to be a chameleon through art, always adapting my pieces to encompass what I want to express, what my clients want, and what I think the audience would like or need. With that in mind, I sometimes prefer to make something very visual that attracts the viewer’s attention, and other times I like to push their limits through fear, controlled violence, and creepiness, which is really my favorite. Sometimes I like introducing statements within my performances, where I’m interested in making the viewer’s shake their heads, or give them something to think about, be able to push their reactions further. Because I’m a visual artist, the very first moments are so important, it’s the opportunity to catch your audience’s attention and really be “heard.”

ME: Years ago, and even now, it can be difficult to imagine someone like me being a professional rigger, Shibari instructor, and performer. Being a woman rigger, and being so small, I’m someone who has overcome many difficulties, who creates opportunities, and lives for creativity. I live by two quotes, “Yes, we can,” by Obama, and “Do what you can’t,” by Casey Neistat. I know, it sounds kind of contradictory.

MM: I imagine this art form requires a lot of discipline within the mind, body, and spirit. What sort of self-discipline do you practice, do you have a routine that you follow?

ME: It takes a lot of discipline from the mind and body. I consider myself to be a very conscious person, but also very organic in regards to my lifestyle and routine. If something works well and feels very natural for me to do it, then it will be there for as long as it needs to be, for example; being an ethical vegan. I like to keep myself as active as possible, though not necessarily physical. I practice yoga, hula hooping, and circus practice as my usual ways of maintaining physical health. I just practice, practice, practice. I find it to be a good excuse to do things and keep from being lazy. Of course, good habits are always helpful, like eating good food and taking care of my health by not putting shit into my body or disrespecting my own limits. It’s so important to get plenty of sleep, and being able to take alone time. I get so inspired by consuming art, taking classes when I can, and creating opportunities to exchange knowledge and learn.

MM: At German Fetish Ball 2017, you participated in the live events, can you tell us about the show you performed?

ME: I usually perform at events like German Fetish Ball, Wasteland, Torture Garden, and I do more acrobatic rope self-suspension. Basically, I tie myself and do acrobatic sequences in ropes. I tend to keep the ties simple to lend the ability of moving more freely. I like to make it harder as I like to hang from a single waist line. Personally, I think it’s more fun, intense, and different than a hip harness. I’ll only use a hip harness if I’m to be suspended in the air for longer periods of time. I can’t wear my extravagant or complicated outfits like I could with the support of a waist line. I tend to wear more simple outfits because of my movements with a hip harness. I also perform double self-suspensions with other people, like I had done before at Wasteland. I worked with GlüWür where we used a circus ring and did some very creative and fun stuff together.

MM: Do you perform often?

ME: I do! This year, I’ve had to perform every weekend in different places. For example, I did a few tours in France where I did the opening show with Marika Leila for the Asaf Avidan concert. We would perform in different venues, like the Opera Garnier in Paris, and the Lyon Auditorium. I also did photoshoots and taught Shibari workshops. I book in advance and tend to have very few slots open in case something comes up, and of course for rest time, too. I’ve been doing shows since 2013 and took a hiatus for a little while. I came back slowly in 2015 and now it’s my full-time job. Aside from my work as a Shibari teacher, I run my own adult performer’s agency called European Muses. I like to keep busy!

MM: What is your process when you create a new performance?

ME: Generally, I have an initial idea of something that has inspired me or came to me in a dream, or just from an instance of creativity. Things pop up in my mind frequently. After I think about them for a while, I get the first idea or inspiration and I go into practice mode. I just throw myself into doing something with the idea, and things begin to take shape. After a little bit of practicing, I’ll film it for critique and review. I’ll make poses and sequence sketches that I’ll review if I need to introduce more poses or if I need to take off something useless and senseless for the transitions. Once I’ve done that, I’ll go back to practicing to see how it feels. For me, I need to make some sense of order and look nice. For the final part, I’ll think of which outfit I can use that fits well and isn’t “annoying” while performing, as well as what kinds of venues and events will fit well for my next gigs! Sometimes things can be very different, but that’s how I generally create something new for my shows. Other ways of creating a new performance is a lot of practice with new ties and other people, because they have different preferences and needs while being tied up. This helps to push me out of my comfort zone and think outside the box.

MM: Can you tell us about what Shibari means to you and the importance and impact it has on your life?

ME: Shibari is an art form and a way of self-expression and communication. It’s a tool used for speech, to reveal our special side, discovery, entertainment, therapy, knowledge and exploration. It’s whatever you need or what you want it to be. Ever since I tried it for the first time, I just wanted to discover more and more about it. It’s been a very intense process, and it’s still a very special thing that’s happened in my life. I’ve had some experiences that weren’t very pleasant, but I knew that it was just a matter of finding the right circle of people to learn from, to practice and discover together in the way I saw it in my mind. I don’t need Shibari in my life, I want Shibari in my life.

MM: Miss Eris, thank you so much for this interview, it was lovely to catch up with you. Where can our readers and subscribers follow you and your work?

ME: Thanks to you for everything and for those amazing questions! I’m always happy to be a part of the Marquis legacy! You can go to my website where you can read more about me and see my agenda at www.misseris.com. You can also support and subscribe to my Patreon page where you can see exclusive Shibari/Rope content at www.patreon.com/misseris

You can follow me on

Instagram @misserisofficial

Twitter @misserisartist

Facebook @misserisofficial

Want more on Shibari Rope Bondage? Check out our latest issue of Marquis Magazine #66, for an introductory article on the history and the basics of the beautiful art form. Out Now!

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