“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”

― Audre Lorde

Vanessa B. Miller, LMSW is the Jamaican born NYC local artisan behind BQMNY. She is a self taught metalsmith that specializes in fine and semi-fine jewelry. Each piece is designed and hand crafted in the tiny corner of her LES studio apartment that she shares with her 30+ plant children.

Vanessa has created pieces with the intention to adorn and uplift marginalized communities, offered community engagement through creative wellness workshops, wellness training to organizations interested in increasing their advocacy work, and uplifted the NYC community through her work as a clinician.

Vanessa hopes that BQMNY will continue to grow into a comprehensive jewelry line that offers heirloom pieces and apprenticeships to underserved communities.