‘It’s such a lovely community’ – Inspired woman creates Wanstead jigsaw

Jill Stock with her jigsaws and posters at the Wanstead Farmers' Market.

Jill Stock with her jigsaws and posters at the Wanstead Farmers' Market. - Credit: Archant

A woman’s love for Wanstead has led her to create a one-of-a-kind jigsaw.

Inspired after taking part in last year’s Art Trail Wanstead, in which artists of all abilities displayed their work around Wanstead, Jill Stock, from Wanstead, created a montage-come-jigsaw of the area’s much-loved sites and hidden treasures.

The amateur artist and photographer, who had never really thought of herself as a creative, got out and about snapping her favourite parts of Wanstead and is now selling her work as a poster and a jigsaw.

Jill, who saw a sales boom over Christmas, is stocking a 500 piece and 200 piece puzzle, which is being sold for £15 and A1, A2 and A3 size posters available for £50, £40 and £20.

The puzzle creator, who’s included a hidden-away piglet and fox in the montage, said: “I just thought it’s such a lovely community, everyone who lives here loves it and I thought I’m going to put together a montage of it and the whole thing grew from there.”

A friend of the amateur artist thought Jill’s montage would make a great puzzle, prompting Jill to get in contact with printers and jigsaw makers to make it a reality.

“It’s been so successful and it’s been really lovely to see it take off,” said Jill.

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“Even people who live here see pictures of buildings they say they’ve never seen in the montage, so it’s great for people just to discover more about where they live too.”

She added: “I really wanted to get people talking about the buildings in the area.”

Jill, who has had requests to create montage-jigsaws of other areas, is not looking to branch out and says she’s sticking with creating Wanstead-themed art.

She said: “I’m really glad I decided to do it, but I can’t see myself breaking out into other boroughs.”

Email jillstock@gmail.com to order your own jigsaw or poster.