I make sculptural garments by sewing together hundreds of ceramic tiles with fibers. By merging the materials I disrupt assumptions about function and draw attention to the role of dress in visual communication and personal identity. The patterns I create in these pieces, like clothing, are part of a deep-rooted visual language that transcends history and material. Carefully fitted to my own body, the garments are an architecture of self; they enclose and protect while also speaking about what lies within.
By drawing connections between diverse craft traditions, cultures, and my personal history, I create wearable portraits. Piece by piece, tile becomes textile, building stories around the body.
— Shae Bishop