States theme on display at gift boutique

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ONE of Lancaster’s newest gift boutiques is currently airing a dynamic collection of urban art and design from some of the UK’s most exciting artists.

The U.S.A. [urban.screen.art] exhibition at Unbox, in Brock Street, runs until September 10, and is a funky mix of screen-printed art and handmade gifts that are inspired by all things retro and iconic from the USA.

Jane Richardson, owner of Unnbox and sister shop Arteria, said: “We are passionate about new and established artists, and this event has an erergy all of its own. It is buzzing with creativity.”

A key exhibitor is Robin Ross with his Sk-RR-eenPrIn-ts collection of limited edition, hand-pulled screen prints.

The work is distinctive and captures a compelling snapshot of US culture.

“It’s good to link up with an independent gallery that is so keen to continue to support local artists, especially urban street art,” he said.

“My work and Unbox is a definite fit.

Along with Robin’s dynamic prints are a whole host of cutting-edge pieces, such as recycled skateboard jewellery by O’Blue, Vinyl Jewellery and other products by When the Music’s Over, illustrative prints, pouches and sunglasses cases by Lucy’s Happy Place, illustrative T-shirts and mugs by Bang Tidy Tee-shirts, retro tinclocks by Fizzy Popov, customised sunglasses by Odette Schofield, and a fantastic collection from exciting UK company This Is A Limited Edition.

The exhibition is helping to raise money for local charity Alexandra House, which provides short-break care for children and young people with additional needs.

The final pieces of art work will be going on display in the windows at Unbox, with raffle tickets available to purchase in store.

Unbox is open on Tuesday to Friday from 10am-5pm and on Saturday from 9.30am-5.30pm.