Like most of us, I loved making art as a kid. It allowed me to create and explore a world that was entirely built by my own imagination. As the pressures of life started accumulating, I eventually stopped. But not for long.

Mykes Lab began in 2019 as a space for myself to experiment in and return to that joy of creating. Viewing it more an artistic project than a clothing brand, the idea was to bridge the gap between painting and fashion. How could I make these pieces wearable, but also expressive, unique and more akin to a work of art? The solution, of course, was to make each garment one-of-a-kind with a hands-on process that is incredibly difficult to reproduce. Geared with a paintbrush and a lot of ideas, I started transforming my wardrobe — and saw people take notice and ask me to paint their garments too. I didn’t realise at the time that  I was about to delve into a lifelong practice of researching different methods of craft, fabrics, processes and cultural ideas. 

Nearly five years later, Mykes Lab is still a solo project, and all the pieces are handmade by me in my studio in North West London. As the practice has grown I’ve implemented new ways of creating wearable art through a combination of painting, patchwork, screen printing and other forms of customisation. Over time, the handcrafted pieces have been championed by iconoclasts such as Danny Brown and Zelooperz. But at its core the Lab for me is still a space for experimentation — it will never stop exploring, innovating and reinventing itself. The Lab is always evolving in its pursuit of Experimental Aesthetics.