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Interview by: Tuesday 10 September 2019
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Shibari Space by Figure of A

London-based rope fashion brand Figure of A will be attending The London Tattoo Convention with a very special Shibari performance in our indoor Courtyard.

Designer and mastermind behind the brand, Anna Kostina is inspired by Shibari - the art of Japanese rope bondage - to create unique fetish-inspired accessories. 

After practising rope bondage for 2 years, Anna’s idea of wearable Shibari was born - tying together her passion for Shibari and design. Figure of A translates traditional rope patterns used for binding the body to clothes and accessories, where rope has both a functional and decorative purpose.

Edgy, architectural, feminine and body-aware, Figure of A pieces function equally well as part of your everyday styling as they do as part of a fetish-heavy ensemble. It is Anna’s hope that her product’s wearability and amenity with contemporary fashion will help lift Shibari from the underground, recontextualising the art form in the public imagination to the aesthetic, sensual and consensual practise it truly is.

All pieces are handmade from top quality leather and custom made waxed cotton ropes, and proudly tied in London.

Performance acts and times:

Friday 27th Sept:

1pm: Shibari Web Art Performance, ongoing throughout the day, by Lucy aka Knotcreature

7pm: Tracing Kinbaku Bi 'The beauty of tight binding', by Ruby Bird, Francoise, Anna Kii.

Multimedia art installation and Kinbaku performance. Developed to trace the resulting ephemeral rope impressions on the skin into painting and body art; as a lasting relic of the intimate ritual.

Saturday 28th Sept:

9pm: K: LAVA

This performance, brought to you by Nik (aka Yourknots) Nightingale, is a ritualistic mixed media piece. Accompanied by music from Theodor Bastard, an ethnographies-electronic band inspired by traditional slavic tunes; Nik embodies a shamanic figure combining rope technique inspired by traditional Japanese bondage art with body painting to produce a vibrant, hypnotic mix.

Sunday 29th Sept:

1pm - throughout day: 

Motorbike suspension by Yourknots & Chris Tibble

We're thrilled that Anna will be showing us the ropes at this September's London Tattoo Convention - with Shibari performance art and hands-on demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend. Find the Shibari Space by Figure of A outside the entrance to the Havana Bar. Don't miss it - tickets are now on sale!