Worthing artist puts beach finds to good use

Jessica Gill's shell lamp and dress
Jessica Gill's shell lamp and dress

A WORTHING artist has created her own ode to the Olympics.

Jessica Gill, who has a workshop at the East Beach artists studios near Splash Point, spent three months creating her star gazer lamp.

Jessica Gill in her studio

Jessica Gill in her studio

“It’s my nod to the Olympics,” said beachcomber Jessica, who creates her structural lighting designs using pebbles, shells and recycled materials.

But it is another unusual creation which has got people talking about Jessica’s art – a dress made of shells, which took six weeks to make.

She said: “I wanted to create something completely different and show what can be achieved with beautiful shells. My neighbour Cordelia West kindly modelled the garment for me, posed next to my own Olympic torch.

Jessica, 45, beachcombs all over the world, and adorns her pebble and shell creations with pearls, crystals and glass.

This is the second summer she has sold and exhibited her lamps from the East Beach studio.

She said: “My lamps seem to bring a smile to people’s faces and some even stop to give me bagfuls of shells.”

When she is not making things from shells and pebbles, Jessica creates the Nightingale Watch – a nurse fob watch which various international and British nursing associations have used as prizes.