Jo Ann Feher
Jo Ann Feher was a shy little girl. Her tiny dolls, for whom she knitted elaborate outfits, and her "macaroni beads" were her treasures. As she grew up they were set aside and forgotten, until she saw a 3 dimensional beaded figure on the cover of a magazine. That sight brought those wonderful memories flooding back. Taking lessons from the artist who had created the figure changed her life. She became a bead artist. She creates beadwork which is whimsical, but complex in construction without the use of a computer or graph. Each piece is unique. Inspirations come from many sources. She has exhibited in many museums and galleries, taught beadwork at the Textile Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico, escorted groups of beaders to remote Maasai villages in Kenya and Tanzania to bead with the women. And to this day she wonders who she would be if beadwork had not entered her life.