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Lisa Hughston – South of the Border


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!!”

M Bullen Jewellers

miechelle-bullen-jewelleryMiechelle runs the M. Bullen Jewellers stall as part of her business run jointly with her husband Marc. You can find her stall in the market area outside the Bistro.

Where are you from?

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
About 4 years.

What are your opening times here?
8am – 2.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Between the two of us we go to Huntingdon, Long Sutton, Thetford, St Ives, Kings Lynn, Boston, Downham Market and Wisbech.

What led you to running this stall?
We wanted a change from working for others. My father-in-law owned a jewellery and watch shop and I worked there for 20 years, and have taught my husband all I know.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The whole atmosphere -it’s great! Especially on a summer’s day it feels like you are on holiday. It’s my favourite market.

What are your best selling items?
Batteries and watch straps, watches, silver jewellery priced from £2 – £200! I also buy in gold and silver.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Denise Jewellery

denise-jewelleryDenise runs her jewellery stall in the shed to the side of the market area outside Argos. Being undercover means she is there whatever the weather! She makes her own necklaces and earrings in silver and semiprecious stones in a variety of ethnic, contemporary and classic styles.

Where are you from?
I am Norfolk born, currently living in East Tuddenham.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
About 9 years.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 1pm

Which other markets do you attend?
Swaffham, and a few local festivals such as Aylsham Show and Worstead Festival.

What led you to running this stall?
I have travelled very widely and the beautiful jewellery I saw in countries such as India, Bali, Egypt and Thailand inspired me to take up selling and making jewellery, and my time in India also led me to train as a Yoga teacher, and I now run classes in Dereham Leisure centre and Matishall.

What do you like about Fakenham Market?
I love having a wander round myself. I like going to the auction and enjoy the huge variety of goods on offer around the stalls as well as the friendly people.

What kind of things do you sell?
I travel abroad to source unusual items and I sell many things at very reasonable prices: necklaces, rings, earring and bracelets. Prices start as low as £2 for earrings, and necklaces range from £6 up to £90!

Interview by Dawn Wakefield