Skindependent Suspension is a team that I have been in love with since first talking with them. Their dedication to safety and cleanliness, as well as their love and passion for this art come together to create a fantastic atmosphere and experience for the suspendees they work with. When talking with their team leader, Eden Thomson, it doesn’t take long to realize why this team has quickly come into the spotlight, receiving praise from both their fellow practitioners and the people they work with in their area. In this documentary by Lela Fraser and Kate Lahood of the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch, the team takes a little time to discuss what it is they do and what the act of suspending means to them.
Watching this video fills my heart with so much happiness to see that Eden is lucky enough to have a team of individuals who love this as much as he does, and that they in turn have a leader who pushes them to always better themselves and continually learn about this craft. It’s those qualities about this group that also make many of us so sad that we rarely get the opportunity to work with their team. Being in New Zealand certainly creates a number of challenges for this team, the greatest being their efforts to build a community among the practitioners in their country. Luckily, they now have the Wellington based Suspended inTension team, created by former Skindependent members, to work alongside them in creating this community as well as on suspension collaborations in the future. I think Eden’s words at the end of the video are a perfect statement about this family and art we share; for many of us, it will always be a part of who we are.
Congratulations to the members of Skindependent for such a positive and wonderfully made documentary.