Welcome to joeyfivecents! I’m Susan Forker, owner/designer and chief ‘joey’ maker. I hail from
New England but also lived in New York and California before settling with my family here in
Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My home and studio are in a Civil War-era farmhouse and barn that provide a daily dose of history and creative curiosity. Most of the materials that I use for joeyfivecents are sourced from local flea markets and I thrive on the connection in my work between the past and present and the beauty of asymmetry and imperfection found in nature. In my ‘previous life,’ I worked as a film editor, manipulating moving images and sound as a means to tell a narrative. Although I now work with vintage paper and resin, I continue to focus on finding the story in each handmade piece and telling it in a way that speaks to a modern audience.
ABOUT MY PRODUCTS:
joeyfivecents jewelry features original vintage paper imagery and resin and a combination of mixed metals and vintage finds. Every ‘joey’ design is one of a kind and honors the integrity and nostalgia of the original materials while reimagining them with an eye towards reuse and eco-fashion. Please know that while each piece is fully sealed and extremely water-resistant, it is recommended to never immerse them in water for extended periods of time.