joeyfivecents is a brand of storied jewelry and accessories created by Susan Forker.
A little bit about me: I grew up in New England, but lived in New York and California prior to settling in Pennsylvania with my family. My studio is housed in a civil war era barn that we moved onto our property and renovated. I love living and creating amongst such rich history and am inspired by it everyday.
Formerly, I was a film & video editor and used pictures and sound as a means to tell a narrative. Although I now create with different media, it's still about telling a story.
My 'joey' line is primarily paper based. Each focal features selectively curated original vintage imagery that I carefully cut, seal and preserve with resin in mixed metal bezels and incorporate into designs with repurposed vintage chain, beads and findings. From classically understated to knockout multi-layered statement necklaces, every design is one-of-a-kind and honors the stories of the images used while presenting them in a modern way.
I've recently launched a new line inspired by the textures and colors of the Bucks County landscape where I live and create. Working with epoxy clay, rich colored pigments and custom molds, these pieces evoke an organic, earthy vibe that celebrates nature's beauty and imperfections through botanical imagery. Layered stacks of patterned bangles, delicate colored fern silhouette necklaces, tiny sculpted geometric earrings and bold cuff bracelets with saturated jewel tones are some of my new 'anniehall' collection for Fall, 2016.
Want to know more about my studio and process? I was honored to have been featured on Etsy's blog series 'Inspiring Workspaces' - find the story here:
what's in a name?
My shop name ‘joeyfivecents’ is borrowed from a character in the 1977 film ‘Annie Hall’ starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. There’s a memorable scene involving the uncle ‘Joey Nichols’ and Woody Allen's character as a boy. The uncle repeatedly reminds the boy about his last name and ends with a dramatic slapping of a nickel on his forehead proclaiming, ‘You can always remember my name, just think 'Joey Five Cents’! It’s a pretty well known moment from that film - funny, quirky and unique.