At ColorUpLife we believe that surrounding ourselves with beauty can lift our spirits and enhance our lives. It may be that splashy accessory we wear, the vivid quilt we rest under, or the cherry red runner that adds just the right touch to the room. If it’s alluring enough to grab our attention, it gives us a moment of pure joy!
Working as full-time artists over the past several decades, we've been fortunate enough to witness visual art moving peoples’ souls...and it's pretty amazing! Their spirit and sense of joy are undeniable as they see the work we create and feel the joy as they use these objects themselves in their daily lives. Watching thousands of people react to our artwork has been a vast laboratory for us. We've paid attention to the real-world functional impact color and design brings to the lives of others and it's this perspective we bring to the designing and planning of products for ColorUpLife. Our goal is to create artistically pleasing products through color and design that can be used everyday! Our hope is that these products give you moments of pure joy too!
Thank you for taking the time to browse our collections. We are continually dreaming up ideas and developing new creations to share with you. We hope that you'll love them as much as we do!
-Karyn Debrasky & Sandi Garris
MEET THE ARTISTS:
Karyn Debrasky has been a full-time professional artist since 1999. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she has worked in various media, including graphic arts, stained glass mosaic, and complex framed work of manipulated paper and found objects. By pairing her graphic design background, her natural feel for color, and her contemporary design sensibility of line and form, she produces truly unique, captivating pieces of artwork. She has won numerous awards for her body of work and has participated 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. Set designers in the 2010 movie “How Do You Know”, which starred Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd, have also used Karyn’s framed artwork.
Sandi Garris has been a full-time professional artist since 1987. She has been a quilt maker, a hand dyer of fabric, a framed-work fiber artist, and is currently a painter using silk as her canvas. Always, the central element of her work is the relationships of colors to create perfect color harmony. The emotional range of her work can be joyous and exuberant, calm and soothing, or quiet yet vibrating with energy, all achieved through color and design. She participates in some of the finest juried art shows in the country and has won numerous awards for her body of work as well. She’s currently licensing many of her designs for patterns to the needle arts industry.