e October apparel and accessories market in Dallas was her first exposure to hundreds of retailers.
Her necklaces are often layered with semiprecious stones, pearls and shells, as well as colorful hand-blown glass beads. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces retail for $35 to $200.
Brooks said she hopes to be an inspiration for others facing challenges.
"I never really thought of myself as disabled,” she said. "I feel like I’m supposed to do something big. I have a story to tell.”
And jewelry to make.
Beginning Nov. 10, Jo Anne Brooks jewelry will be available at Merle Norman in the Spirit Bank Event Center in Tulsa.
For pictures of Brooks’ jewelry, go to Linda Miller’s blog at blog.newsok. com/fashionmatters.