Stitch by Numbers

October 2, 2008

By Mike Landry

Carmella Karijo Rother's mixed media textile work "No. 17."

Carmella Karijo Rother's mixed media textile work "No. 17."


A few years ago Carmella Karijo Rother didn’t call herself an artist. She would go to museums and look at abstract art, but she wouldn’t “get it.” Then she discovered Mark Rothko.

“I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was just the right thing I came across at the right time. I fell in love with his paintings,” says mixed media textile artist Karijo Rother. “The feeling I get looking at [Rothko] is the kind of feeling I’d like people to have when they look at my work.”

Working with curved shapes cut from silk, Karijo Rother uses an undulating parallel stitching to cover her pieces. She mixes the movement of the stitching with colours to create a movement and energy. She’s called the abstract series Numbers because she didn’t want to suggest what her pieces are about.

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