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30th Street Craft Market Featured Artist: joeyfivecents

Over the next four weeks, VIX will introduce you to some of the talented Philly-area artisans who are participating in the 30th Street Craft Market on February 9. Here’s the first – enjoy!



photo by Steve Brown

photo by Steve Brown

My name is Susan Forker and my company is called ‘joeyfivecents‘. I make one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories by repurposing vintage paper ephemera, jewelry and findings with mixed metals and resin to create uniquely modern, conversational pieces.
For many years, I worked as a film and video editor, but have always made things with my hands.  I’m drawn to all sorts of vintage graphics, packaging and images- they become the inspiration and focals for each of my finished pieces. There’s a particular fondness for sepia photos, old yearbooks and woodland scenes, however.
I see the sum of my work and presentation as my ability to find the story in each piece and to tell it in a new way.