As a proud partner for the inaugural Sugar & Spice Festival that’s happening this 1-15 August 2020, we are bringing you this series of interviews with presenters so that you get to know them better and their workshops.
Today, we have Danielle Lopez (Nudista), a model, rope bunny and self-described sensualist, who is delivering the ‘Knotty Night’ and ‘Everyday Pervertables’ workshops at the festival. We ask her some questions about the workshops and her background. Please enjoy and sign up for her workshops!
Q: For those who are unfamiliar with bondage, tell us what makes bondage interesting or appealing.
Bondage can bring about many sensations for a person. People get interested in it because it can give someone a sense of security. Being bound can make someone feel hugged. It’s a wonderful sensation lots of people look for whenever they start exploring rope. The other appeal is the feeling of being unable to move. Being restrained means that they won’t be able to run away or be able to move away from the person restraining them. One gets to feel exposed and very vulnerable at that state and some people look for that feeling. Others look for the sensation aspect of bondage. Bondage can help in making someone sensitive to sensations especially if you introduce sensory deprivation. When one of the senses is taken away (e.g. blindfolding the eyes), it can make someone sensitive to the touch. It can be a very erotic experience.
Q: What advice do you have for newbies attending your Knotty Night workshop?
My advice is to have an open mind when it comes to attending my workshop. Some of the concepts that are going to be discussed might be something new to other people. I like talking about the stigma that surrounds kink/bondage/rope, etc before I proceed to teach about it. I also would like the newbies to relax and have fun. Even if I do teach about bondage and BDSM, I am not a very serious person. I’m a person who likes having fun so my workshops would most likely be a light-hearted way to have fun with one’s partner. I want the newbies to just have fun and laugh with me and be themselves. Bondage is a fun thing to do. Might as well have fun while learning it.
Q: What are some of the most common kinks you have seen which people shouldn’t be embarrassed about?
I think the most common kink people have is their fetishes around the body. A lot of people have fetishes on body parts. Mostly have a fetish for feet. Some people I’ve encountered love armpits too. A lot of people find it hard to admit those things, especially to their significant others. It’s normal to have those things and I wish people can be open enough to hear their partners talk or discuss it.
Q: You describe yourself as a “sensualist”. How does someone know if they are one?
Basically, a sensualist is someone who enjoys different kinds of physical pleasures. One can identify as one when they love to indulge in pleasing the senses. So it can be from wanting to be touched through massages and light touches gliding across the skin. It can also be enjoying warm baths, lighting candles with pleasing scents that fill the room, playing sexy music. It can also be indulging in eating delicious food.
Q: How did you pick the name “Nudista”?
At the time I was creating my Fetlife account, I was stumped. I didn’t know what to place. I was starting out as a nude model back then so I instinctively went with the name “Nudist”. When I entered the name, someone has already gotten it. The next instinct was to add an “a” to the word Nudist to make it into a female form. I was surprised when the name was free to be used. So I stuck with that.
Lately, the name Nudista for me has taken on a new meaning. Being a nudist to me now means that I am baring it all to the world. It means that even if I am naked or not, I am showing people my true self through my words, thoughts and actions. And I’ve gotten to the point that I want to be known for my true self. In this world where everyone has masks, I want to be someone who still shares my true self to the world. At the end of the day, I’d rather be hated for who I am than to be loved for who I am not.
If you’re interested to attend Danielle’s or other presenters’ workshops, please go to www.sugarandspice.asia to get your festival pass!
Images: Danielle Lopez