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 draws inspiration from the past. All of my work features selectively culled and curated original vintage paper imagery that I carefully cut, seal and preserve in layers of resin. Using mixed metal bezels, repurposed vintage chain, beads and findings, I create classically understated to knockout multi-layered statement pieces that are one-of-a-kind and as unique as their components. Each honors the stories of the images used while presenting them in a modern context. I also create unisex belt buckles that feature authentic sewing patterns, wallpaper and book covers that are playful and nostalgic, some with a hint 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.