July: Anna Bones re-opens Private Tuition

Starting July 2, our studio owner Anna will be offering private rope tuition again. She will be available for private lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-5pm. Please note that for most topics it will be necessary to have a model to practice on.

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Prices for private tuition are as follows:

2-4pm: £110

2-5pm: £150

Please email help.anatomiestudio@gmail.com to book a private lesson.

Etiquette & Consent practices at Anatomie

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Anatomie Studio Etiquette

1 – Giving Space

When people are tying, whether solo or with others, give them plenty of space for their ‘scene.’ If you would like to watch, keep to a reasonable distance and be unintrusive. In particular do not interrupt a scene to ask questions, touch people or their equipment (rope included).

2 – Touching

Give and receive enthusiastic, active consent for activities and any kind of touching. We call these conversations ‘negotiation’.

Here are some tips:

– Both parties must be informed of the activity’s risks before consenting
– Ask what is okay and not okay
– Clearly state what you like and dislike
– When in doubt, don’t do the thing
– Respect “no” (“no” is a complete sentence). Silence is not consent, freezing is not consent.
– Mixed messages mean “no.”

3 – Using the Suspension Points

Use of the points is reserved for experienced people. If you see people suspending, they have very likely completed our courses or have received tuition here or elsewhere. Suspension is edge play. It is risky. Do not endanger yourself or others by suspending before you are ready. Respect when the owners or staff ask you to stop suspending. Come ask us about classes if you’d like to learn!

Consent practices in the studio

Consent is clear, communicated, enthusiastic, the initiator’s responsibility and can be renegotiated or withheld at any time.

This means listening to each other, respecting each other and being mindful of all our interactions. Practicing consent is an important step in creating a culture we want to live in; a culture in which people are respected and have the autonomy to decide what is best for them.

We support and encourage folks to explore rope in safe, exciting, consensual ways. While doing this it is incredibly important to discuss safety, boundaries and care. Everyone deserves boundaries and safety when and if they choose to engage in rope. Your first partner is you. Knowing and exploring our boundaries is a lifelong conversation with ourselves.

>> Consent C.A.R.E.S. <<

No one is responsible for fulfilling our wants but ourselves. Wants consist of the things that we enjoy doing and give us pleasure (in the broadest sense of the word). While it can be exciting and empowering to share these things with others, other people are never responsible for fulfilling your wants.

Cannot be held to a pre­determined agreement

Consent is not a contract; people can change their minds.

Agreement that is mutually communicated

Listen and pay attention to words, feelings, and context. Respect indecision (it is not a yes). Mixed messages mean “no.”

Responsibility of the initiator

The person wishing to initiate an act or change an act is responsible for initiating the conversation about consent. This might include initiating a rope scene, touching different body parts, or transitioning from tying to touching.

Enthusiasm

Is your partner enthusiastic verbally and physically? Check in. If you have doubts, don’t proceed.

Step-by-step (ongoing)

Especially when transitioning from one activity to another, consent can be renegotiated or withheld at any time. Check in every step of the way.

January 2019 Update

We are delighted to announce that Fuoco is back in town for her annual February visit and she will be teaching 3 short evening classes on rope bottoming! Most of the classes are suitable for newbies as well as all levels. And some do not require a partner at all!

For information on class content, dates, prices and to book tickets, please see below!

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Your Body In Ropes – With Fuoco (body awareness for rope)  – ticket link here.

Vetting Your Rigger – With Fuoco – ticket link here.

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Listen Up: Exploring communication in rope for better rope scenes – ticket here.

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Need rope? ShibariStore is discontinuing its limited edition rope kits! Gets yours before July 16th!

ShibariStore is going on a little vacation soon so our limited edition rope kits will disappear July 16th!

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‘Play With Me’
2 OR 4 Anatomie Ropes
1 Miumi-U Teaches Shibari Book
1 safety shears
£38 / £65

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‘Anatomie Kit’
2 Anatomie Rope
1 Tote bag
1 safety shears
£39.90

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‘Keeping it Simple’
2 Anatomie Ropes
1 tenugui fabric
£39.90

Some of our fabrics will also disappear, so if you like what you see at the moment, get on it or it might be too late!

Summer Shibari Showcase 2018 – performance night for first time shibari performers!

Thank you all who joined us last Friday for our Summer Shibari Showcase evening featuring 1st time performers! All the shows were incredible, showcasing a variety of dynamics, tying flavours and techniques from all over the UK (from Edinburgh to Brighton!).

Thank you so much for making this yet another memorable and emotional night!

QuartzQunt & GaelleGote

Genktastic & Illume

AviRope & Becsposhfingers

TrojanPrincess & Dragonbab

MissEmphasis & KnotCreature

Fun facts! … About our custom steel trussing!

Here’s a little fun fact about our trussing: the trussing is composed of 3 arches connected by 8 additional trusses. The structure’s design was a collaborative effort by us, the trussing company and our friend Conor Scully.

It is a custom structure, made to fit perfectly along the curvature of the space while avoiding touching the walls. It is powder coated in a black mat finish.

The structure is designed to support 6 dynamic aerial circus acts simultaneously.
We hired a structural engineer company to work with the trussing company to finalise the design based on our needs. At its highest point the structure measures around 4.8 meters.

The structure is fully signed off by engineers and insured. (And yes… it cost us a fortune). The structure is technically ‘permanent’ but can be dismounted and transported.

We chatted to numerous circus performers about their industry standards regarding loading requirements. Using circus as a standard means we went well above and beyond in terms of safety for what we use in shibari and this opens the door for circus artists to use the space/hire the space.

It also means we are able to insure the space and the structure in ways we would never be able to with wood.

Additionally our black straps are rated for circus loads meaning they each support 4t (and 1.6t in the larks head configuration).

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AFLOAT – Short film featuring Ayumi LaNoire and Fred Hatt’s ropes

We were super honoured to see a private screening of this short film AFLOAT a while back and it’s simply breath taking and so beautiful!

Fred Hatt did the ropes for this short film featuring the gorgeous and talented Ayumi LaNoire and the results are simply incredible.

Written and directed by Riffy Ahmed
Performing Artist: Ayumi Lanoire
Producer: Flossie Catling
DOP: Matthias Ashford
Cam Assistant: Raúl a. Menéndez
Editor: Janka Troeber
Grade: Jax Harney
Composer: Sam Baws

https://vimeo.com/240328082

Welcome to our living room. How Anatomie came to be, where it’s going and what it’s about.

Anatomie started in our living room in 2014. Myself (Anna) and my partner Fred Hatt would organise small workshops taught by invited presenters and host them in our one bedroom flat in South East London.

Due to popular demand and the need to fit more people per class, we then started to hire small studios in London ad hoc – we called this project ‘Pop Up Rope Events’ as it wasn’t linked to any particular space.

Within 6 months, the demand for classes became much bigger than we could provide as we ran into issues with studio availability and storage (we had to buy a lot of equipment for workshops like straps, carabiners, bamboos etc) – so we decided to try to acquire a more permanent space where we could have the freedom to schedule as much as we could and also open up for weekly practice sessions.

Anatomie Studio was born.

It’s now bigger and we have to take a bus to get there, but Anatomie is still our home and our living room. It’s also a school and workplace, but it’s primarily our home, a place where we get to hang out with our friends, as well as do and teach rope in the way we want to.

This way is Japanese Rope Bondage (Shibari / Kinbaku) with a modern flavour. Meaning that we teach and follow the fundamentals of Japanese style rope bondage, which include the Takate Kote as the central form from which shapes, techniques and concepts of aesthetics, psychology etc are introduced – but with a modern approach and aesthetics, and always seeking to develop the form in new and interesting ways.

Our approach is not rigid or dogmatic but it is precise, detailed, structured, body aware, bottom focused, adaptable, functional, efficient, empathic and flexible. We are both academics with years of experience and passion for teaching, and this is evident in how we teach. We are proud to count numerous skilled riggers and rope bottoms in London as our direct students. Some of which also teach & perform.

The mission of our space is primarily education: education about this style of rope, but also about safety, anatomy, consent and partnership. The values of our space are the values that we practice in our home and our life, and these include tolerance, acceptance, openness, respect of other regardless of how individuals self-identify, their backgrounds, their shapes and their orientations.

To have the best possible experience in our space, we recommend you approach it like you would a social gathering in someone’s house or flat: be a participant not a consumer, practice self-awareness, kindness, pitch in, help out, mind your footprint and be respectful of others & grateful to your hosts.

These values and approach seem to resonate with many people as we see the popularity of our space increase month to month. The majority of our workshops and classes sell out, most of our rope jams are full and private tuition requests, requests for photoshoots, performances, teaching inside and outside the UK are through the roof.

With popularity comes a price. As empaths, as socially aware responsible hosts we want to please as many people as we can and give as much as we can to the community. Therefore, in the last years we have donated the studio for the Body Positive Rope Project which aims to increase representation of body diversity in rope, we hired the studio out for a dedicated queer rope jam at a reduced price, organised regular pay-as-you-can community classes and free rope talks, organised quiet jams, organised a RopeWork non-profit meeting for event organisers across the UK, and more.

But the reality is that we are not a public space, we are not a charity, organisation or institution, and we will never be those things. We are simply two people with a living room who love each other and who love shibari. And that’s all we will ever be.

As we now look to expand into a bigger space (yes we are looking), Anatomie will always be our living room, our personal space, our place of work, our place where we feel safe among friends and where we are at home.

We are grateful to those who support us through our journey, and we are grateful to our friends and community who allow us to do what we do. We welcome those who are on board with our vision and our values to share our space with us as we move forward.

See you soon,

Anna