Susan Forker is a collector, curator & maker, but began her career as a film editor in New York and then Los Angeles after her graduation from Syracuse University. After moving to Bucks County, PA with her family in 2006, her background as a visual storyteller and interests as a vintage collector led her to create joeyfivecents, a brand of storied handmade jewelry and vintage style that repurposes antique ephemera and resin.
ABOUT MY PRODUCTS:
Drawing inspiration from her 150-year-old stone farmhouse and studio barn, Susan sources vintage nature & birding books, wallpaper remnants, obsolete antique dictionary illustrations and forgotten bits of ephemera from around the area. By only working with original vintage paper imagery, she focuses on finding the story in each handmade piece and honors the integrity of the materials that she layers under resin. Combined with a variety of mixed metals and vintage components, she creates one-of-a-kind designs that range from delightfully minimalist jewelry to knockout statement necklaces and conversational belt buckles that feature quirky vintage pulp book covers and colorful garden labels. She explores themes that celebrate the beauty of asymmetry and imperfection found in the natural world through powerful black & white imagery and whimsical vintage graphics presented in a modern context that feel playful and familiar.