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 line of jewelry and accessories draws inspiration from the past, but is presented in a modern context that feels playful and familiar. All of my finished work features selectively culled and curated original vintage paper imagery that I carefully cut, seal and preserve in layers of resin in my home studio. Using mixed metal bezels, repurposed vintage chain, beads and findings that I forage from flea markets and favorite online sources, I create delightfully minimalist to knockout multi-layered statement pieces that are all one-of-a-kind. For me, the hunt for unique components and long forgotten ephemera is what drives my design. Each finished work honors the stories of the images and materials used, but presents a new narrative that touches on nostalgia and reminiscences while emphasizing reuse and eco-fashion. Additionally, I also create unisex belt buckles that feature larger scale vintage images repurposed from authentic sewing patterns, wallpaper and obscure pulp fiction book covers that integrate colorful pattern and whimsy, some with a strong dose of kitsch.
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.