Lisa Hughston started her business, ‘South of the Border’, about 9 years ago. She came from a very creative family and had always done art and loved making things as a child but had never thought about putting her creativity into a business. It actually happened by accident.
Lisa had to give up the dental nurse training she was doing at the time due to being diagnosed with Type 3 Elhers Danlos syndrome. It’s a difficult condition but as Lisa says: “As sad as it sounds, it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me!” It was whilst she was housebound that Lisa started to do her art again to pass the time and take her mind off her pain. “It became a kind of therapy for me” says Lisa “and I loved doing it.”
Lisa decided once she was well enough to go back to college to do A level art. She then went on to Wensum Lodge in Norwich to do an advanced art course and one day had the opportunity to try silversmithing – and she loved it!!
After dropping out of the art class and signing up to the silversmithing class Lisa gained her NCFE levels 1 and 2. Her wish to continue making silver jewellery was unfortunately hindered as her condition took a turn for the worse. Her passion for making jewellery however was still very strong so after a lot of research she started making resin jewellery: now she absolutely loves working with resin. As Lisa says: “You can do so much with it and after a lot of practice I knew this is what I wanted to work with the most”.
Lisa’s work is quirky and unique and she loves to upcycle things. She is a self-confessed magpie, collecting lots of different things that would normally be discarded and turn them into something new. Her inspirations come from 1950’s America and Mexican traditions and culture, tattoos, music as well as curiosities and all things weird and wonderful! Lisa says: “I love to make items to encapsulate in resin, from old stamps, broken vintage jewellery and I even had a commission to put a mummified baby rat in resin to make into a pendant!!”
“It’s funny how life turns out”, Lisa continues, “Had I been asked at 19 if I would have my own business selling handmade jewellery and gifts I would have laughed and said no way!! I didn’t think I would be good enough to do it but I am. I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world!!”
And Lisa’s final piece of advice? “If you have the passion and drive to do something then reach for the stars because I’m living proof that it can happen, just believe in yourself and anything is possible!”
Catch up with Lisa at the next Fakenham Makers Market which opens at 10am on Saturday 24th September at Fakenham Parish Church. If you would like to know how to join our markets or are just interested in when and where they take place, please visit our website at www.fakenhammakersmarket.co.uk.