Next #RopeTalk April 8th 2-3pm
Topic: “How do you learn rope? And bottoming?
We get asked this ALL the time. It sounds like a fairly simple question but… is it?
There are so many different ways in which people absorb knowledge and understand rope/bottoming – do you take notes? do you draw? Are videos helpful or do you learn by doing?
Are you an avid ‘workshopper’ or do you prefer less formal peer learning settings, or one on one sessions? Is there such a thing as ‘learning to be a rope bottom’? Are there resources, techniques, tips, tricks for learning that you find particularly helpful and would like to share?
Come along to this FREE meet, share, listen, ask, let’s discuss!
These sessions are open to the curious, the interested and the veteran alike and welcome everyone regardless of where you see yourself in the rope spectrum.
We have many new exciting projects in the pipeline for you in 2017, so stay tuned. Today we are excited to share with you our 2017 beginners classes called “Discover Shibari”!
These workshops will be full-day hands-on classes taught to you by our Anatomie ‘House Cats’ and are a culmination of over 1 year of collective experience and learning from teaching beginners during our Thursday beginner rope jams. This class is a true reflection of the spirit and approach to rope we have in the studio and the program has a strong influence from the many wonderful presenters that have passed through our doors and also presenters we have learned from abroad (namely Kristina Marlen, Pedro and Hedwig to name but a few!).
Our first ever class is taking place on January 15th, and tickets are half gone already.
Come discover shibari with us next year! Information, program, tickets over here.
In 2014 studio owners Fred and Anna released a video of the first version of the Bones & Rope hip harness. For the last year they have been promising people an updated version of the new hip harness, and finally here it is! The video includes multiple variations of the harness.
About the ‘Bones and Rope’ hip harness
The Bones & Rope hip harness is a modular harness designed for suspension and dynamic transitions.
Its key innovations are:
1) Doubled/reinforced stem and leg ‘branches’ for non-tightening leg loops
2) Modular design that can be adapted to different bodies
About the updated video
In this new video we present updated variations on the Bones & Rope hip harness.
The harness has two components:
– a ‘one rope’ component making up the skeleton of the harness
– a ‘two rope’ component for extra support to the hips.
The ‘one rope’ versions are fast to tie and can be used in suspension, but they give less support than the ‘two rope’ versions.
This video is not a tutorial, it is a demonstration.
We do not explain how to tie the harness, explain tensioning or frictioning. We also do no explain how to extend ropes, how to deal with left-over ropes or how to attach suspension mainlines.
Please do not attempt suspension rope bondage suspension without in person tuition.
We have a couple of spots left on the following upcoming classes with studio owners Fred Hatt & Anna Bones. These will give you a solid foundation to move forward with your rope, and allow you to book into more advanced workshops in the future! 🙂
FredHatt and MissBones are academics, researchers and teachers by training so their approach and love for rope is very much driven by an intellectual curiosity to understand how rope works at its many levels: be in the technical aspects of how the rope (the material) is actually made, to understanding how to the creative process works and the ‘maths’ behind the mechanics of rope & body. Overall, they lean towards a rather technical style of rope, with Fred Hatt‘s trademark subtle geeky sadism complimenting Anna Bones’ playful bendiness.
They have been tying together since 2013 and regularly teach and perform both inside and outside the UK (BED, Shibaricamp, EURIX, BOUND, The Soap Box, TWISTED). They have also been organising rope events in London since 2014, first through ‘Pop-up Rope Events’ and more recently (since June 2015) through Anatomie Studio – the UK’s only full-time shibari studio.
As a couple MissBones and FredHatt regularly attend as many rope-workshops and conferences as possible. This enables them to stay in touch with the international community, while keeping up with all the latest developments. They have been fortunately enough to learn from many wonderful people, including: Kazami Ranki, Hajime Kinoko, Akira Naka, Miumi-U, Barkas, Kasumi Hourai, Ren Yagami, Wykd Dave and Pedro Cordas.
A lot of people ask us how to learn rope and how to progress in rope once they’ve picked up some of the basics, so we thought we’d write a post about it!
The truth is that rope can get quite addictive! In the studio we notice that rope tends to attract a lot of ‘brainy’ people full of intellectual curiosity and technical minds, so it’s not unusual for people to want to keep accumulating knowledge.
This is true whatever your intention and inclination is in rope. For some, shibari is very much an extension of their kink and sexuality and a tool to enhance intimacy and connection, for others it’s more about the ‘pretty patterns’ and the artistry, the aesthetics of the bodies bound in rope, and for others still it’s the circus-like acrobatics that appeal. In fact, this reflects the variety of backgrounds of our attendees at Anatomie – from academics, to actors to circus artists.
Our mission is to facilitate rope education and knowledge in an environment that is inclusive, safe and positive, so we welcome and embrace all of the facets of rope and what it means to different people. Whatever your interest, at its core, rope is something that brings people together and it’s about partnership, trust, communication, friendships, love and connection.
So, how do you learn rope? And how do you get good at it?
If you live in London, you’ve very lucky as there is a thriving rope community with events for all budgets and levels of commitment. A good way to dip your toes in the water and discover rope is by attending practice events – not only do you learn things, but you also get to make friends in the community. At Anatomie we have two practice events per week and they cost a mere £7 per person, and one all day event one Saturday per month (£12).
Our Tuesday Rope Jam is open to all levels and is for open practice. This is a great evening to see what rope is all about, you can chat and make friends with our regulars in the upstairs mezzanine (tea and coffee are free), or sit in our giant bean bags in the gallery, read some books from our library corner, and watch over what people are doing in rope. You’ll be able to see anything from fancy suspensions to playful floor work – and even people treating their jute rope and geeking about it! There is usually always some level of peer to peer teaching so you can just join in and pick up some basics.
Since rope is really about people and making connections, this is a really relaxed and easy way to make friends and be part of the local community.
Our Thursday Rope Jams are perfect for absolute beginners as we do a full introduction to the space, its etiquette, and we teach a 1,5 hour total beginner taster class. Things you will learn on Thursdays include specific ties and patterns, how to control and properly tension rope, how to tie with intention, specific hand movements useful for rope, details about frictions and knots, aspects of the history and context of shibari. We try to change it up so every Thursday will be a bit different with different teachers and material. Most of the emphasis on our Thursday classes is to open your mind to what rope can be all about (‘it’s not about what you do but how you do it’ is something you will hear us say over and over!).
We emphasise that shibari is a partnership activity, it’s about much more than making pretty patterns on people, it’s about telling a story, it’s to make the rope speak and be meaningful, to do it with intention and make it feel good.
A lot of people turn up on their own on Thursdays, and a lot of first timers to the studio come on Thursdays so there is a lot of opportunities to both tie and get tied, and most importantly make friends!
If you come to enough Tuesday and Thursday evening jams, you might feel you want to learn more and progress further in your rope journey. In this case, we recommend attending classes and workshops. Start with classes that are geared towards beginners, and here you will learn in a structure way all the basic and classic patterns, ties, knots and frictions. We have a full day beginners class every month on a Sunday and you are welcome to book as a couple (or pair/duo), or as a solo attendee (you’ll pair up with one of the other solo attendees and switch during the class).
Rope is all about muscle memory though so if you don’t practice, you’re likely to forget it all! So in this case you might enjoy taking advantage of our Tuesday and Thursday rope jams as a place to practice what you’ve learned. This is especially valuable because you’ll have a lot of people around you who can give you tips if you forget some aspects of what you’ve learned (including the teachers who are almost always at the jams) and you can always ask others around you to show you more things to build on what you’re learned.
If you’re still thirsty for knowledge after that, well, keep going to classes and workshops and most importantly, practicing! There is literally an infinite amount to learn about shibari, not just on the technical aspects, but the more psychological, philosophical and even historical aspects of the practice. Sometimes when we can we will have a Japanese presenter over and they will be able to add information about the more abstract details of the practice of shibari, such as interesting aspects about aesthetics, linguistic nuances and other more complex concepts related to the interaction between rigger and partner, and cultural differences between East and West that come into play in rope scenes. Other times we will have European presenters who are innovating and breaking away from tradition in some very exciting ways.
Whatever your goal or interest, there is plenty of scope for learning and making this practice something of your own, and most importantly, plenty of scope to be part of a community and make connections with amazing people.
Want to buy a good Japanese shibari tutorial book? Get this one!
Aside from Anatomie Studio, in London you also have Peer Rope London (the original rope meet and the oldest running rope event in London), which runs once per month on a Sunday at the Resistance Gallery, Hackney. You also have Hitchin’ Bitches, which is the female rope group (open to anyone identifying as female and to male rope bottoms). They meet once per month on a Saturday at the Flying Dutchman, Camberwell.
If part of your new year’s resolution includes making friends and learning something quirky and alternative, then you’re looking in the right place! (Seriously, have you seen what people are saying about us?)
Whether you’re an adventurous couple looking to spice your bedroom life, or a performance artist looking for inspiration, or you’re simply curious and want to try, we’ve got you covered.
Make 2016 the year of the quirky and alternative and discover the art of shibari in London’s only full-time shibari-focused studio. We are an LGBTQ-friendly, sex-positive, female-friendly, body-positive and kink-friendly space offering a bright clean friendly environment for learning rope. Our experienced artist, performer and teacher-in-residence Gestalta will demonstrate knots, explain flow and ensure you know how to practise shibari safely during our upcoming shibari classes. It’s all about consent!
Warning: side-effects may include fun and making friends.
Intro to Shibari : your complete guide to Shibari (for complete beginners)
Looking to finally hone in on your rope skills? Then join us for this month’s Intro to Shibari Class with Gestalta on Sunday January 17th. Half the spots are gone already. You don’t need a partner or rope or any experience, and you get 10% off rope purchases on the day.
Levelling Up : 4 Week Shibari Course with Gestalta (for those ‘stuck in the middle’ and looking to ‘level up’)
If you’re already familiar with the two rope TK* and single column ties* and are wondering “now what?”, consider our ‘Levelling Up’ weekday evening course also with Gestalta starting January 20th, which will get you going with more floor work and get you ready for partials and suspensions.