Meet jewelry designer Jo Anne Brooks
While I was in Dallas for the October apparel and accessories market for spring, I met Jo Anne Brooks, a jewelry designer from Laredo, Texas. Jo Anne was stricken with polio when she was 4; her right arm and hand and left arm are completely paralyzed.
But there she was, showing off her collection of intricate necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She makes them with her feet. She likes to mix colors and shapes to create pieces that not only the wearer will enjoy but all those who see them.
Her disability has never defined her. Disability is just a word and a label, she said.
“My goal is to try to do something big with my life that makes a difference in other people’s lives, whether that be jewelry or something else,” she said.
She’s even e-mailed Oprah, hoping that her story will have catch someone’s interest. Oprah, are you reading this blog?
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