Saturday, November 12, 2011

Featured AHSC Arts and Crafts Vendor: Korrupt Label

Editor’s Note: From handcrafted jewelry, fabric hand bags made with Asian inspired prints to Asian influenced apparel and creative home decorations, AsianWeek will be featuring Asian-inspired Arts and Crafts vendors each Tuesday to kick off the summer festival season.
The featured vendors all have previously participated in the Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) – the largest pan Asian street fair nationwide that takes place the third Saturday of every May in San Francisco.

Produced by the AsianWeek Foundation, the AHSC is committed to supporting and promoting these creative and hardworking craftsmen vendors who may otherwise not get the online attention and exposure they deserve.

Korrupt Label

A scorpion reflects fashion designer Henry Miyoshi's Thai background.

Crafty Thailand-born Henry Miyoshi of Korrupt Label handcrafts each of his deconstructed T-shirts and hoodies with a punk rock aesthetic, layering with texts, images, and patches in his West Oakland, California workshop.

Instead of relying on digital imaging technology like Photoshop, Miyoshi prefers to use copy machines to size his images and old fashioned collages and paste ups for printing. He often uses imagery of bugs, reflecting his childhood exotic bug collection in Thailand. Using multiple screens on the back and front of his shirts, texts and images are delicately layered to create a personal narrative on each shirt. Tea-dyed patches are screen printed and sewn upon, creating the unique layering effect of his wearable works of art. Along with T-shirts, Henry also creates hoodies in a similar manner.

Keeping with his deconstructionist theme, his past sewing included sewing T-shirts and pants with dental floss after cleverly cutting apart his shirts and re-stitching them back together again. In the future, Henry hopes to expand his line to include womenʼs styles and return to his couture line of deconstructed menʼs suit coats and clothing.

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