January 9-10 2015 GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge Product Photos
Here are some of the fabulous pictures taken at the GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge via The Artisan Group.
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January 9 2015
written by Joe Belanger, London Free Press
London’s ‘Butterfly Lady’ is getting a lift on ‘golden’ wings.
Samples of Debra Jeffries’ work will be included in gift bags for the stars at this weekend’s Golden Globe Awards, airing Sunday on television from Beverly Hills.
Jeffries worked as an administrative assistant for more than two decades before building a career designing and making jewelry using the wings of dead butterflies.
“It’s good marketing for me,” said Jeffries. “It’s just wonderful. I get a lot of direct contact from celebrities thanking me. They even send photos of themselves wearing the jewelry.”
The 48-year-old Jeffries is a member of The Artisan Group, which represents artisans from around the globe and gets their products displayed and used in films, television and into the gift bags common at most high profile events, especially in the fashion and entertainment industries.
Friday and Saturday, selected celebrities and some media at the Golden Globes are invited to a gift lounge (at an undisclosed location) where they receive their bags of goodies (valued at about $700 U.S.) and browse through displays, including one featuring Jeffries’ work.
It’s her hope celebrities will be photographed wearing her jewelry, mention it in tweets and other social media, or even contact her as a few have over the years.
The single mother of an adult son, Jesse, Jeffries started making jewelry as a hobby after being asked to help out with a ladies’ night at her church in 2008.
Already known as a “crafty artist,” she made jewelry from discarded watch parts with the ladies.
“It all started after that,” said Jeffries, who set-up a website and business in 2010. “All kinds of people started asking me to make things for them.”
Today, she has customers around the world.
“I wanted to do something that was sustainable, green jewelry,” explained Jeffries, adding she buys the butterfly wings from a supplier who purchases them from butterfly farms after the butterflies expire naturally.
Whole wings or pieces in vibrant colours are encased in glass using a variety of materials, including recycled silver, copper, brass and gun metal.
Prices for her jewelry range from about $40 to $180.
In London, Collective Works at Covent Garden Market sells Jefferies’s creations, although much of her business is done online.
Last December, singer and actress Nakia Burrise was seen wearing a pair of Jefferies’s teardrop earrings on an episode of The Hart of Dixie on The CW Network.
Jeffries, who attended Saunders and Beal secondary schools then studied business at Fanshawe College, has no formal training in fashion or design, other than a few online courses.
Today, Jeffries is her own boss, which suits her just fine. It’s the feedback she thrives upon.
“All the feedback from celebrities is great, but also from all the people I’ve met over the last few years, who have become loyal customers,” said Jeffries.
“The joy and freedom of working from home is just wonderful.”
December 31, 2014
Debra Lynn Jeffries, founder of Debra’s Divine Designs (http://www.DebrasDivineDesigns.com), is pleased to announce that actress Nakia Burrise (as Patty Pritchett) wore the company's handcrafted Blue Butterfly Glass Domed Teardrop Earrings on episode 401 of CW’s Hart of Dixie.
In addition, Debra is sending her Bubble Butterfly Wing Necklaces to GBK’s 2015 Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge, in association with The Artisan Group®. There, they will be included in The Artisan Group swag bags, which are highly sought after by Hollywood celebrities and VIPs. A Women’s Full Blue Butterfly Necklace and a Men's Blue Butterfly Leather Cuff will be on display at the Artisan Group exhibit. The Gift Lounge takes place January 9-10, 2015 at an exclusive location in Hollywood, California.
The Hart of Dixie episode ("Kablang") aired December 15, 2014 on The CW Network. The wardrobe stylists for Hart of Dixie selected the handcrafted Blue Butterfly Teardrop Earrings for use after receiving them in a Stylist Gift Bag from The Artisan Group. The Artisan Group is a California-based arts promotion and celebrity gifting organization, of which Debra is a member.
The teardrop earrings worn by Ms. Burrise are part of Debra’s Butterfly Jewelry Collection. They showcase recycled broken butterfly wings of the Blue Morpho Zephyritis Butterfly. Similar earrings are available to purchase online at DebrasDivineDesigns.com.
Debra states, “I use only ethically sourced wings in my collection. The butterflies and moths fly in freedom until they naturally expire on global butterfly farms. There, workers collect them to be distributed to local dried specimen suppliers. I purchase many broken wings to utilize in small pieces like the Teardrop Earrings.”
Debra notes that the global butterfly farms which are the source for her components provide employment and education and support conservation efforts that encourage the release of healthy specimens back into the wild.
The Bubble Butterfly Wing Necklaces that will be included in The Artisan Group celebrity swag bags feature a circle-shaped pendant that highlights butterfly and moth wings in multiple colors, which Debra has carefully cut to shape. The pendants have a gunmetal finish and hang on an 18 inch long gunmetal chain. Says Debra, “The pendant is fun to look at and wear. Both sides are domed, which creates a bubble effect. The domes magnify the scales and markings on the wings, which shows off their beauty.”
Debra’s jewelry has been included in exclusive The Artisan Group® gift bags prepared for Earth Day 2014, the 2013 Primetime Emmys and 2013 and 2014 New York Fashion Weeks. It has been mentioned on ImNotEvenKidding.com, Shoply.com and HouseEcoFriendly.com. Last March, a Morpho Butterfly Wing Necklace was photographed being worn by Ariel D. King, winner of the 2014 Queen of the Universe Pageant.
When Debra is not making jewelry, she enjoys teaching about butterfly farming, conservation, recycling for reuse and how to think green. “I love making art that helps people look beautiful and feel good about themselves. I consider my jewelry wearable art for the soul.”
Members of the press who would like to learn more about Debra’s Divine Designs may contact her by email using the email button on the right. Also, visit her business pages on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (@debrasdivinedesigns) and Twitter (@DesigningDebra). For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, visit theartisangroup.org or email press[at]theartisangroup[dot]org.
*This event is not affiliated with the Golden Globes award show; Debra’s Divine Designs is not in any way affiliated with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
About Debra Lynn Jeffries and Debra's Divine Designs
Debra Lynn Jeffries (http://www.DebrasDivineDesigns.com) is an established jewelry designer known worldwide for her handmade real butterfly and insect wing artisan jewelry. Debra is recognized for her wide selection of recycled real butterfly and insect wing pendants, necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and more. Her authentic butterfly wing jewelry showcases a wide selection of trendy designs and recycled metal pieces, from sterling silver and copper wire wrapped bracelets, necklaces and rings to fused glass pieces. Her butterflies and insect specimens are purchased from a licensed supplier. Butterflies are ethically farmed. Debra says, “Every item I make is created with the finest materials and utmost artistic integrity. All my jewelry pieces are original and created in my London, Ontario, Canada studio.”
We’re pleased to announce Debra’s Divine Designs, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on September 7-8, 2014 at an exclusive location in New York, in honor of The 2014 New York Fashion Week.
All attending celebrities will receive our miniture daisy pressed flower necklaces on a gunmetal chain in their swag bags.
To learn more about Debra’s Divine Designs and our products, or our participation in this exclusive event, visit www.debrasdivinedesigns.com, call 519-854-8542, or email DebrasDivineDesigns@rogers.com.
Debra Lynn Jeffries is the sole proprietor of Debra’s Divine Designs and resides in London, Ontario Canada
April 17, 2014
March 16, 2014
Debra's Divine Designs is pleased to be personally invited by Actress Joyce Giraud (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) via Infinity Films Holdings, LLC, to be an official sponsor for the "Queen of The Universe Pageant" at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on March 16, 2014. I have gifted a real blue morpho butterfly wing necklace to the lucky winner of this fantastic pageant.
The winner of this pageant is the beautiful Ariel D. King who was very gracious to tweet a thank you for her gift along with a photo of her wearing her blue butterfly necklace. She stated on twitter "Butterfly Necklace, In Love" and "Oh! I went out with friends and have photos in it" Here she is below wearing it, as well as her special night with Organizer, Joyce Giraud and Joyce's husband Michael Ohoven.
July 25, 2013
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
We're pleased to announce Debra’s Divine Designs, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on September 6-7, 2013 at an exclusive location in New York, in honor of The 2013 New York Fashion Week.
To learn more about Debra’s Divine Designs and our products, or our participation in this exclusive event, visit http://www.debrasdivinedesigns.com/, call 519-854-8542, or email DebrasDivineDesigns@rogers.com.
Debra Lynn Jeffries is the sole proprietor of Debra’s Divine Designs and resides in London, Ontario Canada
July 4, 2013
Received a sweet thank you on Twitter from talented actress, Stephanie Drapeau for a little butterfly pendant and fused glass earrings I made for her and gifted through The Artisan Group. She is so nice to send this tweet to me!
July 2, 2013
June 25, 2013
Check out Real Butterfly Wing Jewelry by Debras Divine Designs at www.houseecofriendly.com #jewelryonetsy #theartisangroup
June 20, 2013
Debra's Divine Designs has a wonderful opportunity to gift this real blue morpho butterfly wing necklace to the stylist for the ABC show “Once Upon A Time", as well as its spin-off "Once Upon A Time In Wonderland" to be considered for use on either show this upcoming seasons! So Excited!
June 17, 2013
Debra’s Divine Designs has a fantastic opportunity to submit a gifted necklace for consideration for use on "The Vampire Diaries"! Crossing my fingers and toes that I might be one of the lucky ones chosen by the stylist to have one of their amazing characters wear this piece this coming Season! I LOVE this show ♥