SHIBARI

Rope Art

WHAT IS SHIBARI?

Kinbaku (緊縛) means "tight binding," while Kinbaku-bi (緊縛美) literally means "the beauty of tight binding." Kinbaku is a Japanese style of bondage or BDSM which involves tying a person up using simple yet visually intricate patterns.

 

The word shibari came into common use in the West at some point in the 1990s to describe the bondage art Kinbaku. Shibari (縛り) is a Japanese word that literally means "to tie decoratively"

- Wikipedia

WHY DO I PARTICIPATE IN SHIBARI?

“The conflict between what we’re told we feel and what we really feel may be the richest source of confusion, dissatisfaction, and unnecessary suffering of our time.”

- Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá (Sex at Dawn)

As a performative artist who regularly self-documents along with modelling for others, offering education and live showcases, Shibari / Rope is an area of great personal expression. I view the artistic process from multiple perspectives in which I am experienced: rigger (person tying the ropes), rope bottom (person being tied) and documenter (photographer). I believe rope to be a beautiful and meaningful tool for connection with others than can aid the creation of unique artworks, live or documented.

WHAT DOES SHIBARI MEAN TO ME?

For me, rope art is about capturing truth. A form of honesty that I struggle with. Exploring a moment that is real and finding beauty within that space. Seeing myself as I am, interacting with the people close to me.

Rope encapsulates both my body and mind.

The physical constraints provide me a safe space in which to explore my inner chaos; my fears, desires and passions. By suffering with someone else I both see and am seen at my most vulnerable, together we share an emotional space, a connection of overwhelming intensity. Two humans giving themselves explicitly to the creation of a unique form of beauty. I feel that such connections can only come from a place of love, even if it is only a transitory kind of love, shared for the moments in which we are connected through rope.

 

During these exchanges I cannot lie; it’s hard to perform* for the attention of my/your camera whilst giving myself fully to the experience, hence allowing the documentation of a raw, honest version of myself to be created organically.

I am continually grateful for the trust and love shared with every person I have been tied by and who has invited me to tie them, and to those who have welcomed me to photograph their rope journey or witnessed mine.

* I use the term "perform" here to refer to the act of putting on a persona, not being an authentic version of ones self, rather than making any reference to whether the setting of a rope session is in front of an audience or not. This does not refer to an inability to showcase a rope scene as a live performance/demonstration/showcase.

SELF DOCUMENTATION IN ROPE

 

“It is possible, he said, to be in love not with someone but with their eyes.

I mean, with how eyes that aren’t yours let you see where you are, who you are”

- Ali Smith

This statement is both an inspiration and summary of how I frequently view my life as a travelling model, however I also believe it applies to my own camera. One of the things I love about taking self-portraits with others is the insight I get to who I am with each person, a voyeuristic view that documents the intimacy without intruding on a moment.

A set can be staged, but these emotions cannot.

The majority of rope images I take are self portrait documentations: I set up a camera on a tripod with a timer attached. If I’m taking photos for a few minutes I can be distracted enough by the sound of the camera to “perform*” instinctively, but over a longer period of time (most rope scenes last anything from 30 minutes to 7 hours) it becomes harder to maintain any amount of ‘falsehood’ or persona that is untrue to who I really am and that’s what I am interested in capturing.

 

In rope I forgo looking pretty in order to feel beautiful.

Scarlot Robinson (1)
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Occasionally I teach / co-teach / model for rope educational workshops and performances, as well as running my own photography and performance based events. Below are a list of past and future events. I am more than happy to provide references for the people I have taught / performed with and can be booked for private or group tuition worldwide.

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS / PERFORMANCES 

2019

 

2020

PAST WORKSHOPS / PERFORMANCES 

2019

2018

  • October

    • EDUCATION: UKREx​ 

      • Face Rope / Head Bondage​

    • EDUCATION: Rope Office Hours with Sauvage_X

  • April 

    • PERFORMANCE EVENT CURATION: RosesRopes

  • February

    • PERFORMANCE EVENT CURATION: RosesRopes