What is Shibari?
In Japanese, “shibari” simply means “to tie”.
The origins of shibari lie in the Edo period of Japan during which the Samurai would use rope for capture and restraint of criminals (a martial art called Hojo-jutsu).
In the early 1900s, rope bondage became a source of erotic imagery in drawings and paintings. Ito Seiu in particular is recognised as the ‘father of modern kinbaku/shibari’. In recent years, shibari is moving beyond its taboo origins and developing into a modern art form in its own right.
In shibari the model is the canvas, the rope is the paint and brush, and the rigger is the rope artist.
How we started
The studio was born in June 2015 as a community hub for learning and practicing Japanese Rope Bondage. Fred and Anna’s aim was to create a relaxed place where people could connect, meet like-minded folk and and practice Shibari. Born essentially out of their home, the current space maintains that a living room sort of cosy feel despite the impressive custom metallic frame that hangs above it.
When the studio first opened, rope jams would attract 15-25 people per evening in a small 500 sqft space in Peckham. Since 2015 the community has grown tremendously and currently our jams see anywhere from 30 to 60 people per night. In June 2018 we were able to move to a larger space in a railway arch next to Queens Road Peckham, which we hope will be our home for many years to come.
Today Anatomie is a household name, internationally recognised for its quality education and its healthy and diverse community. The studio is regularly featured in Time Out and other publications and podcasts.
The studio relies on the help of wonderful group of 11 staff member – or ‘House Cats’ – and community members who make up the heart and soul of the space.
Fred and Anna met in London in 2013 and have been tying partners and lovers ever since, they travel internationally to teach and as ex-academics are passionate about teaching and fostering safe and sane rope bondage practices.
Anatomie Studio is deeply committed to practicing the following values:
- Consent: see here for a clear explanation of what this means
- Sex/Kink-positivity: as a broad ideology and world view, sex positivity is simply the idea that all sexual expression (as long as it is healthy and explicitly consensual) is a positive thing
- Body-positivity: being body positive means accepting yourself and others as you are, regardless of size, shape, colour etc and to be unafraid of being visible – i.e. the opposite of ‘body shaming’
- Diversity, Inclusion & Tolerance: we welcome LGBT+ participants and anyone from any sexual orientation, background, religion or creed. ALL are welcome.
We thank our friends, house cats and all our attendees for helping us uphold these values every day, and to all of those who continue to help us make the space ever more inclusive and welcoming.