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January 16, 2014
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Vail's Squash Blossom hosts Alex Sepkus trunk show

VAIL — A collection of Alex Sepkus’ newest jewelry, with its playful combination of colored gemstones and intricate patterns of gold and platinum, will be on display at The Squash Blossom this weekend. An artist representative will be present.

Sepkus is inspired by music and great literary works.

“When I design a piece of jewelry, it is as if I am writing a book,” he said. “Each design is a chapter, not in words, but in shapes and textures.”

Born in Lithuania, Sepkus studied industrial design with the intention of following in his father’s footsteps as an architect. In his spare time he would carve miniature sculptures. Under communism, he did not have access to precious metals. Instead, he created his pieces with engraved stones, carved ivory and enamel painting.

Sepkus immigrated to the United States in 1988; by the early ’90s he had opened Alex Sepkus Studios in Manhattan.

“I have no technical secrets,” he said. “The main trick is the very intricate manual work that goes into the process. I can explain the process to everybody. But at the same time, I don’t think that I have ever seen a copy of my work somewhere. It is just so labor intensive.”

Visit The Squash Blossom this weekend to learn more about this designer. Call 970-476-3129 for more information.

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