Welcome to ColorUpLife!
If you like color you will love our marketplace! We offer a collection of high quality, handcrafted, colorful products that can be enjoyed every day. You’ll find splashy accessories, vibrant home decor and so much more. As artists, we're fortunate to surround ourselves with color daily and know how much joy it brings. We hope our beautiful products will become some of your most cherished and give you moments of pure joy too!
Color Enthusiast + Jewelry Maker
Karyn has been a full-time professional artist since 1999 and is the owner of ColorUpLife. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she has worked in various media including graphic arts, stained glass mosaic, mixed media and jewelry. She's detail oriented and has enjoyed creating truly unique, captivating pieces of artwork that include layers of colorful paper, handmade textures and found objects. She found success in her work, winning numerous awards and participating in nationally ranked exhibitions such as The Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in Philadelphia, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado. In the 2010, the set designers for the movie “How Do You Know”, starring Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd, purchased her artwork to use in the film.
In 2015, her artistic background and a vision for making colorful, graphic earrings sent her on a path to a year of research, learning new technologies and experimenting with metals before creating her innovative jewelry line for ColorUpLife. Her designs are geometric, simple yet bold with abundant textures and colors that gracefully work together. She uses lightweight, hypoallergenic metal as her canvas and traditional jewelry techniques to form all the unique shapes and finishes.
Along with designing jewelry, she loves getting to know her customers whether that is at an in-person arts show or through on-line sales. To this day, she packages each and every order and enjoys taking the time to make each one special.
Collaborator in Fiber and Design + Artist Extraordinaire
Sandi Garris has been a full-time professional artist since 1987 and just so happens to be Karyn's mom! She's been an integral part of ColorUpLife, collaborating in fiber and design since the very beginning. She lends her expertise, by helping to create our wildly popular hand-dyed cotton scarves, along with many other products. Aside from ColorUpLife, she's an artist extraordinaire. She's currently a painter and creates vibrant works on silk. Participating in some of the finest juried art shows in the country, she's won numerous awards for her body of work and licenses many of her designs to the needle arts industry.