That’s me! Susan Sykes. So a little about
me…. I am originally from Edenton, NC. In fact, that’s where I
live now, too! Although, I have lived in a couple of other places
I went to
East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where I studied Metal
Design. That’s where I picked up my button collecting habit. I had
a professor, Robert (Bob) Ebendorff, who used found objects in his
work. His use of such unexpected objects blended with precious
metals and gemstones had a great influence on me. I started making
jewelry with my Grandmother, Banny’s, vintage button collection.
Now I call all my button pieces, “Banny’s Buttons.” There’s
something about taking an old button, or piece of anything for that
matter, and transforming it into something useful and beautiful.
college, I moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I had always
loved the beach, and there was this cute boy there by the name of
Chris Sykes. Yep! I married him! This is where the beach pebbles
and sea glass started to find their way onto my workbench. Now I’ll
make jewelry out of just about anything!
So, now I am
back in Edenton. I wonder what I’ll start collecting now……..